About the program

The goal of Marquette’s occupational therapy doctoral program is three-fold:

  1. To provide doctoral-level education enabling students to integrate occupational therapy theory, research and practice through continuous assessment of student learning
  2. To foster faculty and student research on therapeutic occupation
  3. To provide service to the professional community.

The O.T.D. degree will lead students on a career path of excellence in practice, advocacy for the profession, leadership and contributions to occupational therapy knowledge through research.  Graduates will be autonomous decision makers using contemporary and innovative practice skills. A Marquette O.T.D. student as a future therapist, will have a personal commitment to the advancement of occupational therapy practice, advocacy and research. 

The university’s commitment to excellence, leadership, faith and service to others is an ideal fit for creating and sustaining a transformative clinical doctorate occupational therapy education.


To provide a transformational education within the Jesuit tradition designed to prepare future leaders of a collaborative and culturally responsive workforce. In doing so, we seek to develop occupational therapists who are grounded in faith and service for and with others and committed to the utility of meaningful and purposeful occupation in the promotion of justice. Marquette occupational therapy graduates will be competent and conscientious practitioner-scholars dedicated to the human community through care for the whole person. To accomplish this mission, we embrace Ignatian values as a way to promote a culture of learning and respect, which is integral to the tradition we serve.


It is the philosophy of Marquette’s Department of Occupational Therapy that human beings are occupational beings, interconnected with the context of their environments, and transformed through engagement in chosen occupations, or everyday life activities. The diverse nature of the human lived experience and the ability to engage in ongoing occupation, as a determinant of health, empowers individuals, communities, and societies. As such, equal opportunities to pursue participation in a variety of valued and meaningful occupations, as an innate need, is a fundamental human right. To this end, we embrace the Jesuit value of Men and Women for and With Others as the embodiment of service for and with the underserved, the marginalized, and those in need, in pursuit of occupational justice on behalf of all persons.