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The mission of the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science is to advance the frontiers of knowledge underlying the practice of rehabilitation disciplines and professions through research, teaching and professional development.

This PhD is an interdisciplinary degree. Students enter the program through the following SHRS departments or programs: Health Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and Sports Medicine. Upon degree completion you will have mastered a specific area of expertise in rehabilitation science and carry an expansive core of related knowledge. 

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Learn about the goals and core areas of study within the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science.

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View the admission requirements and application instructions for the Rehab Science PhD program. Students are required to secure a faculty mentor before applying.

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The required coursework for the PhD program includes a set of core courses and the completion of several milestones.

CScD vs. PhD

Which doctoral program is right for you? Learn the differences between a clinical (CScD) and a research (PhD) doctorate.