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Students in the PhD program must meet the general requirements of the university including the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement and fulfill the basic program requirements to receive the PhD degree.

The basic program requirements for a PhD degree in rehabilitation science include the following:

  • Successful completion of a minimum 51 credit hours of course work. The requirements include at least 21 credit hours of core courses, 8 credit hours of research tools courses, 12 credit hours of doctoral dissertation research, and 6 credit hours of cognate elective courses.

  • Demonstration of skills necessary for conducting original research investigation by passing the qualifying examination, which usually takes place after a majority of the core and research tools course work has been completed.

  • Demonstration of competence in the core areas of study by successfully completing the comprehensive examination.

  • Satisfactory completion of a dissertation based on an original research work.

  • Successful oral defense of the dissertation.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

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Ming Xu, graduate of KU's rehabilitation science program, is a postdoc at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His work with aging mice is being recognized for its exciting possibilities. Mentored by WenFang Wang and Hao Zhu, Ming graduated in 2011.

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