Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's PhD in Rehabilitation Science program, the following are required:

  1. Degree
    A baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to start of the program. Applicants are not required to be a physical therapist or possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Physical Therapy. Applicants are encouraged to have a broad background in biological sciences (including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology), calculus and 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 Score
    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 5 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 on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

PhD in Rehabilitation Science program starts 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.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Nov 18, 2014

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