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How to Apply

Note for applicants:
All materials required from the student must be RECEIVED by February 1 for the application to be considered.

Class Starts:
Fall Semester (August)

Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application. All applicants should review the program's technical standards and requirements; students will be required to acknowledge they fully understand these requirements before submitting an application.

  • Purpose of Study: please write 1-2 pages about your background, experience, and research interests that are relevant to this academic program and that may aid the application evaluation process. Applicants are encouraged to identify research areas of interest they wish to pursue in the Ph.D. program. It is recommended, though not required, to identify one or more potential research mentors from the department's faculty whose research program(s) are related to your area of interest. Save this as a document to upload with the online application.

  • Graduate Record Examination: Students must submit scores for Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections. Applicants must arrange for official, complete GRE results to be submitted to KU directly by ETS using school code 6895. Note: The GRE must be taken within the past 5 years of the first semester of enrollment.

  • Curriculum Vitae: Provide an up-to-date CV and include information on
    the applicant's educational, professional, and research background. The following information will be critical to evaluate the application:

    • Research experience/publications/abstracts

    • Awards and honors

    • Intellectual pursuits (continuing education, seminars attended, lectures, etc.)

    • Leadership roles (officer in organization, administrator at job, service to professional/service organizations)

    • Professional presentations

    • Teaching/mentoring experience

  • References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.

    A reference should be a faculty member, advisor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  • English Language Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.

  • Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
    Attn: PhD Admissions
    KU Dept. of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
    MS 2002
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

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Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

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