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Eligibility and Requirements

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

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.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

College 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.

Graduate Record Examination

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.

Grade Point Average

An overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0-scale) on prior college course work is required.

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.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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: Jun 29, 2020