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Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

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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, 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 interdisciplinary PhD program in Rehabilitation Science, including mentorship opportunities and a curriculum that immerses students in a state-of-the-science research experience.

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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, achieve GRE General Test scores in at least the 50th percentile in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and have at least six credits of graduate work completed at the time of application. 

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The required coursework for the PhD program includes 72 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, a slate of core rehabilitation science courses, elective courses, and research milestones including the successful completion of a Comprehensive Exam and a Dissertation Defense.

CScD vs. PhD

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