Occupational Science

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PHD OCSC Fall* April 13, 2021**
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 15, 2020 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Nancy Bagatell (bagatell@email.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Tamara Mesko (tamara_mesko@med.unc.edu)
Address Division of Occupational Science
CB# 7122, Bondurant Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website med.unc.edu/ahs/ocsci/degree-programs
Phone 919-843-4463
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.


Academic Statement

Describes the applicant’s understanding or/and interest in occupational science. The statement should include reference to constructs/concepts/ideas in occupational science that are of importance to the applicant and how this relates to potential research plans. Additionally, the statement should demonstrate how the applicant’s interests are aligned with the program’s philosophy and offerings. Scholarly citations should be included in the statement. The statement should be no more than 3 double spaced pages.

Personal Statement

Describes how the applicant’s background, identities, and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated his/her/their decision to pursue a graduate degree in occupational science.  This should convey of the journey that has led to the applicant’s decision to seek a graduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We are interested in learning about how the applicant’s background, identities, and experiences would add to our program’s interest in diversity and occupational justice. This statement may be an essay (no more than 2-3 double-spaced pages) or other creative statement.

Sample of Academic/Scholarly Work (Optional): (no more than 10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clearly, to conduct original research, or to set forth a critical interpretation or argument.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.

**Preference and assistantship consideration will be given to applications received by the UNC Graduate School by December 15, 2020