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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, ancestries, races, colors, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for the practicing professional who has already earned an entry-level degree in physical therapy. Applicants must provide evidence of potential for success in a graduate program. This may be demonstrated through past work experiences, continuing education, and letters of recommendation. Admissions decisions will be based on an overall evaluation of all credentials submitted and the availability of space in the class. Qualified applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A first professional degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution.
  • All applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, from their entry-level professional physical therapy program.
  • Verification of English Language Proficiency Verification is required unless the following apply: 1.) The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English, 2.) The applicant has completed a degree program at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or 3.) 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 U.S. where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.

Application Procedures

Spring 2022 (Program starts in the spring term each year).
Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2021

All applicants must:

  • Complete the GradCAS application. The application will open for spring 2022 admission in May 2021. Please check back for more details or contact SHRS Admissions.
  • Submit an application fee of $50 (U.S.).
  • Upload an essay to GradCAS describing your educational and long-term professional goals.
  • Request two letters of recommendation in GradCAS. At least one letter must be from a former professor or instructor. The letters should address the applicant’s academic, professional and personal attributes and potential for successful graduate study.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all US institutions attended to GradCAS.
  • Upload a course by course evaluation with GPA conversation for all higher level institutions you have attended outside the US to GradCAS. The evaluation may be from WES or ECE.
  • All admitted students will be required to provide official transcripts to the SHRS Admissions Office prior to enrolling in classes.
  • If applicable upload unofficial English Language Proficiency test scores to GradCAS and request official test scores be sent to the University of Pittsburgh from one of the following options. Minimum scores accepted and instructions for sending official test scores follow:

Additional Information

Application can be submitted while undergraduate degree is in progress provided the applicant will be able to provide evidence of successful degree completion prior to starting the program.

Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact

Admitted students who are citizens of a country whose official language is not English, and who score below 120 on the Duolingo English Test, below 100 on the TOEFL ibt, or overall band 7.0 or lower on the IELTS, will be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test to better assess their English Language skills when they arrive at the University of Pittsburgh. The results of this exam may be used to recommend (not require) additional English language instruction that may supplement your education. If you have additional questions about the test, please click here.