Applicants should have a strong interest in rehabilitation research as well as an advanced master’s degree or a professional master’s degree in an area related to rehabilitation science. The exceptional student with a bachelor’s degree, six or more credits of graduate course work, and compelling clinical/research experience in rehabilitation science will be considered.
Resources, including research mentors, must be available to enable the student to engage in a plan of study and research in the student’s major area of interest in rehabilitation research. Therefore, it is important that there is a match between the research interests of an applicant and an SHRS Rehabilitation Science graduate faculty member.
Successful applicants will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all college work; GRE® revised General Test for the Verbal and Quantitative sections at or near the 50th percentile, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section. Students for whom English is a foreign language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet), 550 (paper); or Band 6.5 on the IELTS (reading and writing modules).
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- Completed SHRS online application form
- An essay stating career goals, specific research interests and experience, and clinical interests and experience
- Three to five academic or work related letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference must be included)
- A résumé, including work history, formal education, continuing education, licensing and certification, professional organizations, honors and awards, publications, presentations, and grants
- Transcripts from all colleges attended
- GRE® revised General Test scores
- TOEFL scores if applicable
- At least one example of written work (class project, course assignment, publication for which candidate is first author, etc.)
Applicants are evaluated by the PhD Admissions Committee. Admission to the program requires (1) the applicant to meet the standards for a PhD student in SHRS, and (2) that a faculty member of the PhD program has an opening for an additional PhD student and agrees to be the Academic Advisor for that applicant.