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Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

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Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Admission

The program is open to applicants with the baccalaureate degree. Applicants are not required to be physical therapists or to have degrees in physical therapy. Applicants are encouraged to have broad backgrounds in the health-related sciences (including anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, exercise science, biochemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and others) and statistics.

A background check is required during the admission process; the result may affect the student's eligibility for admission to the program.

International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the KUMC Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.

Prospective students must first meet the program's eligibility requirements. When ready to apply, please review the complete list of application requirements.

To be eligible for admission to KU's Ph.D. in rehabilitation science program, the following are required:

  1. Degree. A baccalaureate degree must be completed before the start of the program. Students with degrees from universities outside the U.S. may be considered if they meet requirements equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a program in the U.S.
  2. Graduate Record Examination Score. A valid score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. Scores must have been earned within the previous 4 years.
  3. Grade-Point Average. An overall minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0-scale is required.

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