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OTD FAQs


Who are the faculty?

Nationally and internationally recognized occupational therapy faculty at Duquesne University primarily teach the OTD courses. In addition, students learn from expert faculty in a variety of health, education, business, leadership and advancement, and rehabilitation science disciplines.

What is the format of the program?

The Duquesne OTD program is designed as a flexible, online format. You will be able to complete all coursework requirements and maintain a close relationship with your faculty mentor online.

Where is the program offered?

The program occurs primarily in an on-line environment using Blackboard, a tool that allows students to access resources online. Multiple applications such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video, audio, animation, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and uploaded into Blackboard courses to enhance teaching and learning. Two on-campus sessions occur at our beautiful Duquesne University campus in the heart of Pittsburgh.

Are there any on-campus requirements?

Yes, there is one required 2-3 day on-campus session at the beginning of the program to help successfully launch your doctoral studies, and another at the end to present your capstone doctoral project. These are scheduled to minimize disruption to any potential family and work obligations.

Is there any housing available for on-campus sessions?

When you visit campus for the initial on-campus session, discounted hotel rates are arranged at hotels within walking distance. When you present your doctoral capstone project at the end of the program discounted hotel rates at local center city hotels will continue to be available.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited occupational therapy program with a master's degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. They must be a member of AOTA and maintain a current state license and NBCOT certification. Applications are completed on-line through OTCAS - specific application requirements and the application process are detailed here.

What are the requirements to complete the degree?

This is a 32-semester hour program consisting of 12 required courses and doctoral capstone courses. Students enroll in 4-6 credits each semester and complete the program within two years. A self-authored professional development portfolio is created at the beginning of the program and serves as a guide through the curriculum. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, students design and implement a capstone doctoral project to culminate the program.

How much does the Duquesne OTD Cost?

Tuition rates are reviewed and adjusted each year and have not yet been defined for the next academic year. Review tuition rates for 2013-2014 here.

What is it like taking an on-line course?

As an on-line student you will use your computer and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to work on coursework whenever and wherever it is most convenient to you. Increased accessibility and flexibility in personal scheduling does not mean your education will be less rigorous or demanding. You should expect course content and workload to be comparable to a face-to-face course. Like face-to-face courses, online courses have a syllabus, weekly assignments, projects, papers, and evaluations. You can expect to complete assignments alone or in small peer groups. Your interactions with classmates, mentors, and instructors occurs predominately through online communication. Most of your online courses are delivered asynchronously, meaning you can complete your work anytime and anywhere via Internet access while still staying in step with your instructor and classmates. Some classes may contain a synchronous component, which requires participation in a scheduled online chat session or a phone or video conference.

What technology will I need?

Two of the most essential requirements are a good ISP (Internet connection) and good computer. Technologically speaking, these two items will most influence your experience with online education. It is highly recommended that you have a DSL or Cable Internet connection; a Dial-up connection will work but access will be slow and you may be frustrated with download and upload speeds for course materials and activities. Suggested hardware, peripherals and software applications are listed below.

Hardware and Peripherals Software/Applications
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor or higher
  • 4GB RAM or greater with 230 GB hard drive or larger
  • Cable/DSL broadband connection or better
  • Monitor 13" or larger with 1024x768 resolution or higher
  • DVD/CD-RW drive
  • Inkjet or laser printer, Scanner is recommended
  • USB headset with microphone
  • Webcam for video conferencing
  • One of the following Operating Systems:
    • Windows® 7 Home Premium or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher

 Software: 


  • PC - Microsoft Office 2010 or later

  • Mac - Microsoft Office 2011
  • One of the following Internet browsers: 

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or later

    • Mozilla Firefox - Final Release Channel

    • Google Chrome - Stable Channel

  • Apple Safari 5.0 or later

  • Adobe Reader 9.0 or later

What are requirements for international graduate applicants?

International students must be certified in their country of practice and have graduated from a program recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT). International students who earned a Master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English will need to meet minimal scores on the TOEFL (90) and will need full clearance from our ESL (English as a Second Language) program. Additional information on graduate school admissions for international students can be found here.

Who do I talk to if I have more questions and want to talk to someone?

You can contact the Program Director, Dr. Jaime Muñoz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA at munoz@duq.edu.