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Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's doctoral program in rehabilitation science, the following are required:

  1. Degree
    A bachelor's degree must be completed prior to start of the program. Applicants are not required to be a physical therapist or possess a degree in physical therapy.

    Applicants are encouraged to have a broad background in biological sciences including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, exercise science, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cellular biology, as well as statistics.

    Students with degrees from a university outside the U.S. may be considered provided they meet the requirements equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a program in the U.S.

  2. Graduate Record Examination Scores
    Students must submit scores for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections of the GRE. Note: the GRE must be taken within the past five years of the first semester of enrollment.

  3. Grade Point Average
    An overall minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0-scale) is required.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide KU with a current background check report.

    This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to fulfill this requirement after official acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the background check details and report instructions.

Students in this program begin class in the fall semester in August. Applications for the program must be received by February 1 to qualify for the next class.


International Students
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency.

Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.


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Last modified: Mar 20, 2019

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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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