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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

Completion of the following courses for a letter grade:

  • General Biology I and Lab, 4 credits
  • General Chemistry I and Lab, 4 credits
  • General Physics I, 3-4 credits
  • College Algebra1, 2-3 credits
  • Statistics (Applied Statistics or higher), 3-4 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • Human Development2, 3 credits
  • English Comp/Intensive Writing (W)3,  6 credits
  • Humanities/Social Science4, 6 credits

1College Trigonometry or higher is highly recommended.
2Students are encouraged to take REHSCI 1245 Human Development. Lifespan Development or Developmental Psychology are also accepted.
3ENGCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition or equivalent minimum; ENGCMP 0450 Research Writing or ENGCMP 0440 Critical Writing recommended
4ANTH 0780 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology recommended

Additional Requirements

  • Required credits for admission: 60 (Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and prerequisite science and math1 GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0)
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for transfer.

1The following courses are included in the science and math GPA calculation: Biology 1, Biology 1 lab, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 1 lab (if taken separately), Physics 1, College Algebra (exemption okay), and Statistics. If an applicant has taken the following courses they will also be included in the calculation: Biology 2, Biology 2 lab, Chemistry 2, Chemistry 2 lab (if taken separately), Physics 2, and Physics lab. Repeated classes are averaged.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: February 15
​Early applicants welcome. Application review begins in January.

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application.

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Transfer Students

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Rehabilitation Science as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here.

Transfer Students: Apply Now

All applicants must:

  • Submit a personal statement that includes a short story describing a meaningful experience that inspired your interest in health care. Your statement should reveal your personality, values, character, and creativity, and should show us how your experiences (health care and non-health care related) make you a unique candidate for the Rehabilitation Science Program. Essays should be approximately 500-750 words in length and single or 1.5 spaced.
  • Resumes are required.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. A recommendation from a supervisor from a health care/disability related experience or a college faculty member is preferred. 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review. Pitt students do NOT need to supply their Pitt transcript. However, if you have earned college credit from any other schools, we will require those transcripts. If you are a student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, we should have access to the transcripts for any non-Pitt coursework that already appears on your Pitt transcript as Transfer Credit. If you have non-Pitt coursework that does not already appear on your Pitt transcript, you must send us an official transcript. Otherwise, we will contact you if any transcripts are required.

Please note that admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

Additional Information

Students planning to apply to graduate professional programs in health sciences are recommended to complete most of the prerequisite courses for those graduate programs (e.g. Physics II, Biology II, Chemistry II, etc.) prior to admission to the Rehabilitation Science program. Anatomy and Physiology (prerequisites for many professional health science programs) are included in the Rehabilitation Science curriculum.