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Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a strong interest in rehabilitation research as well as a master’s degree in an area related to rehabilitation science. The exceptional student with a bachelor’s degree, six or more credits of graduate course work, and compelling clinical/research experience in rehabilitation science will be considered.

Resources, including research mentors, must be available to enable the student to engage in a plan of study and research in the student’s major area of interest in rehabilitation research. Therefore, it is important that there is a match between the research interests of an applicant and an SHRS Rehabilitation Science graduate faculty member.

Successful applicants will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0) in all college work. Students for whom English is a foreign language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet), Band 7.0 on the IELTS (reading and writing modules), or a minimum score of 120 on the Duolingo English Test. 

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: Rolling

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS online application
  • Submit an essay stating career goals, specific research interests and experience, and clinical interests and experience.
  • Provide three to five academic or work related letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference must be included).
  • Have a letter of support from their identified Research Mentor.
  • Submit a resume including work history, formal education, continuing education, licensing and certification, professional organizations, honors and awards, publications, presentations, and grants.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Provide at least one example of written work (class project, course assignment, publication for which candidate is first author, etc.).
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

Additional Information

Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) scores are not required, however applicants may provide them voluntarily. If you would like your GRE included with your application please contact the SHRS Admissions Office.

Applicants are evaluated by the PhD Admissions Committee. Admission to the program requires (1) the applicant to meet the standards for a PhD student in SHRS, and (2) that a faculty member of the PhD program has an opening for an additional PhD student and agrees to be the Academic Advisor for that applicant.