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International Applicants

What are the required TOEFL/IETLS scores for international applicants?

A minimum score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 80 on the iBT (internet-based test) or 550 on the PBT (paper-based test) is required. Scores must be submitted electronically via ETS to institution code 2927. Visit www.ets.org for more information.*

A minimum of Band 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IETLS) is required. Score reports must be mailed directly by the test provider to SHRS Office of Admissions, 4020 Forbes Tower, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Visit www.ielts.org for more information.*

*Some departments may require higher TOEFL / IELTS scores. Please review your specific program requirements in relation to these requirements.

Do I have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?

Verification of English Language Proficiency is required unless the following apply.

  • The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English.
  • The applicant has completed a degree at a regionally accredited institution in the US.
  • The applicant is not a citizen of a country whose official language is English but has completed a degree program at an institution outside of the US where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.

Please note that if you are a US Citizen but have received a degree from a country where English is not the official language you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores - even if the program curriculum was taught in English.

Am I required to provide an academic credential evaluation?

If you have earned a degree from a college or university outside of the United States you must submit a course by course academic credential evaluation. A final transcript or diploma showing completion of the undergraduate degree must be submitted prior to starting the program. Please click HERE for the list of agencies SHRS will accept evaluations from.
International applicants are not required to submit an evaluation for degrees earned in the United States.

What is the English Language Proficiency Test and do I have to take it?

Incoming (admitted) international students are required to take the English Language Proficiency test if they have Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) scores below 100 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of Band 7 or lower. The test is taken before the beginning of the first semester. The test must be taken in-person, is computer-based and usually takes about two hours. The English Proficiency Test is a test of general language abilities administered by the Department of Linguistics and the English Language Institute. Many new international students at Pitt take the test, and the test results are used to determine if these students may benefit from additional ESL courses. The scores will not be reported to any institution outside the University of Pittsburgh. For more information visit http://www.linguistics.pitt.edu/esl-tesol/english-language-proficiency-test#whoshouldtest.

Undergraduate Applicants

How do I apply if I am a Pitt student?

Pitt students apply directly to SHRS via the SHRS ( ApplyYourself) application. This application is for Pitt students at the main and regional campuses.

How do I apply if I am transferring from outside the University of Pittsburgh?

The transfer application process is coordinated by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh. Please contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at oafa@pitt.edu with any questions about the transfer application process. Applications submitted through the SHRS ( ApplyYourself) application system by transfer applicants will not be accepted.

What are the application deadlines for the undergraduate programs at SHRS?

The following application deadlines apply to University of Pittsburgh students (main and regional campuses):

Athletic Training: March 15

Communication Science: Rolling Admission

Emergency Medicine: March 15

Health Information Management: Rolling Admission

Nutrition and Dietetics: March 15

Rehabilitation Science: February 15

The following application deadlines apply to Transfer students (applying from outside the University of Pittsburgh):

Athletic Training: February 15

Communication Science: February 15

Emergency Medicine: February 15

Health Information Management: Rolling Admission

Nutrition and Dietetics: February 15

Rehabilitation Science: January15

As an undergraduate applicant, can I apply to more than one program? Do I need to submit an application for each program?

Yes, you can apply to more than one program at SHRS. However, application materials are not transferable from one application to another. You must submit all required documents for each application submitted. For example, if you request the same person write your letter of recommendations for each program you are applying for, they must submit a different letter for each program.

As an undergraduate applicant, can I submit more than one letter of recommendation?

Only one letter of recommendation is required for undergraduate applications. Recommendations should be provided from professors, employers, supervisors or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please).

A second letter of recommendation may be accepted but is not recommended.

As an undergraduate applicant, am I required to submit my official University of Pittsburgh transcript if I am a Pitt student?

No. Current undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh do not need to provide their University of Pittsburgh transcript.

Transcripts are required from any institution from which you have received college credit (even if those credits appear on your Pitt transcript.) Official, sealed transcripts may be dropped off or mailed directly from the school to the SHRS Admissions Office, University of Pittsburgh, 4020 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. As a Pitt student, you should be able to request a copy of any transcripts previously submitted to the University from the Student Records Office in your current school. For Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences students, the Office of Student Records is in 140 Thackeray Hall.

I am a transfer student to an undergraduate program. How do I know which of my credits will transfer? Who can I speak with about this?

The University of Pittsburgh provides a number of Connection Guides for community colleges in Western Pennsylvania which are updated annually.

You can find links to the connection guides on the right hand side bar in the Transfer Students section of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website.

The SHRS Admissions Office is happy to help you! Please contact Jessica Maguire at 412-383-6557 or maguire@pitt.edu.

Graduate Applicants

What graduate programs at SHRS require the GRE?

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

Communication Science & Disorders (MA/MS)

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Prosthetics and Orthotics (MS)

Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics (MS)

Communication Science and Disorders (PhD)

Rehabilitation Science (PhD)

Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (CScD)

Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy (CScD)

What institution code should I submit my GRE scores to?

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 2927

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) 1894

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 7754

Physician Assistant Studies (MS) 0452

Communication Science & Disorders (MA/MS) 6130

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) 6130

Prosthetics and Orthotics (MS) 2927

Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics (MS) 2927

Communication Science and Disorders (PhD) 2927

Rehabilitation Science (PhD) 2927

Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (CScD) 2927

Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy (CScD) 2927

I am applying via a Centralized Application Service (CAS). Is there a supplemental application required by SHRS?

No