This is an interdisciplinary, research-focused doctoral program designed to prepare students for careers in research, higher education, and organizational leadership in the health disciplines (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, health psychology, health science and public health).
Students may be practitioners with a clinical or advanced degree who intend to pursue research-focused career opportunities, or they may be students who enter immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree. The program uses a mentorship model in which students are accepted to work in the labs of specific faculty and to learn through hands-on research experience. Coursework is tailored to students’ research interests and crosses disciplines. Classes are taught by faculty within the MU School of Health Professions and across the MU campus.
- 72 credit hours of post-baccalaureate study
- Core curriculum: foundational theory and research in health and rehabilitation science (6 credit hours), statistics and research methodology (12 credit hours)
- Research area courses: minimum of 15 credit hours of 8000-9000 coursework from within the MU School of Health Professions and across MU departments
- Research area directed study: minimum of 11 credit hours
- Thesis/Dissertation: up to 28 credit hours
- Research and examination requirements
- Research project completed within the first two years of the program
- Comprehensive written and oral examination at the end of required coursework
- Doctoral dissertation focused on original research
- Submission of at least one research article (may be co-authored) to a peer-reviewed journal prior to defense of the doctoral dissertation
- Tailored requirements for students entering with prior professional/graduate training
- Up to 30 credit hours from professional/graduate training may count towards total credit hour requirement, pending approval
- If graduate degree did not include a research thesis, students will complete a preliminary research project prior to advancing to the comprehensive exam
- Total cost includes graduate tuition plus MU School of Health Professions required course fees, and is based on the number of credits of instruction.
- Graduate Assistantships are available. They include a stipend and a waiver of MU Graduate Tuition rates (MU School of Health Professions required course fees are not waived).
For additional information, please contact Stephanie Reid-Arndt, PhD, ABPP, Senior Associate Dean, at 573-884-7050 or by e-mail.
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