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Students will need to meet the admission requirements of both programs. Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a field of engineering or closely related (e.g. physics, or applied mathematics, kinesiology). Applicants must demonstrate evidence of exposure to the field of PT through volunteer or work experience. Applicants must submit 4 letters of reference: one physical therapist with whom the student has volunteered or worked for, two academic advisors, and one work supervisor. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required but competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or greater. Applicants must take the GRE exam; typically, admitted students have GRE scores greater than the 50th percentile.

Apply

Applications will need to be submitted through the PT Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) by December 1.* The application is reviewed by faculty in both departments.

*Once you have submitted your application, email Dr. Patrick Sparto, Co-Director of the program, to notify that you have applied to the DPT-PhD Program.

For all steps in the PTCAS application process, it is your responsibility to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. Failure to do so may result in your application being canceled. It is highly recommended that you apply early to ensure that all of your application materials are received by the specific deadlines.

Preparing to Complete the Application

We recommend that you review the application process completely before entering data or filling out forms so that you are aware of all the information you need to gather and how much time the entire process will take.

Review of Application

The application is reviewed by faculty in both departments. By Jan 15, a joint meeting of the both admissions committee will be convened to review the applications and make the following determinations for each applicant:

  • Student meets admissions criteria for both programs and would be an excellent candidate for the DPT-PhD program, and will be invited for an interview approximately the first week in March, coinciding with the Department of Bioengineering graduate applicant interviews
  • Student meets admissions criteria for both programs, but may not be an ideal candidate for the DPT-PhD program. They will not be invited for an interview, but will be placed on a wait-list, and notified by letter
  • Student does not meet admissions criteria for one or both programs. They will be notified by letter

After interviews are conducted, candidates will be notified by letter if they will be admitted into the program.