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Minimum Doctorate Hours: 66
The mission of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program is to advance the scientific knowledge underlying the clinical practice of rehabilitation through the development of expertise in research, teaching, and professional service.
Potential PhD students should contact a faculty member with a common research interest prior to applying to the PhD program, as students will only be accepted to the program under the mentorship of a faculty member. This, however does not guarantee acceptance into the PhD program.
Applicants for admission to the doctoral program in Rehabilitation Science must be admitted by the Graduate School and the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. Applicants should have a strong interest in research, teaching, and service in a rehabilitation-related field. Applicants should also have a master’s or clinical doctoral degree in an area related to the health sciences and rehabilitation (e.g., D.P.T., M.D., etc.). The exceptional student with a bachelor’s degree and compelling clinical/research experience in the health sciences will also be considered.
Deadlines. Deadline for application to the Graduate School is April 1st for fall semester admission and November 1st for spring semester. A late fee is assessed after these dates. The following information must be submitted to the Graduate School:
- The Application for admission to Graduate School
- Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work
- For international students, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score
The following information must be submitted to the Department of Physical Therapy:
- A current curriculum vitae
- Report of the Graduate Record Exam (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) taken within the past five years
- The Application for Admission form (see department)
- 3-5 letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program
Admission to the Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation Science will require:
- Acceptance to the Graduate School at the University of Utah
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all college work
- Priority will be given to those with a combined verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Exam score of at least 300 and 3.5 on the writing test
- Availability of faculty mentor resources that match the student’s research interests
- TOEFL score of at least 90 iBT (550 pBT), if applicable
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will need to complete all courses in the program of study, successfully complete a qualifying examination, and a written and oral dissertation defense. These required credit hours are taken from five different core areas listed below. Specific coursework will be determined by the student’s advisory committee, with any changes or modifications subject to approval from the student’s supervisory committee.
- Research Design and Statistics (minimum 18 credit hours required)
- Core Courses in Rehabilitation Science Emphasis Area (minimum 14 credit hours required)
- Rehabilitation Science Seminar (minimum 4 credit hours required)
- Electives, independent study, etc. to suit the needs of the individual students (minimum 12 credit hours required)
- Dissertation credits (minimum 18 credit hours required)
Students advancing in the program sit for the Qualifying Examination after completing a minimum of 3 semesters of course work (minimum 24 credit hours). The Qualifying Examination consists of two parts, a written examination covering the student’s chosen area of emphasis, and an oral examination involving a defense of the student’s written dissertation proposal.
After passing the qualifying examination students finish their dissertation research. Completion of the dissertation consists of two parts, a written dissertation submitted to the Department and University and an oral dissertation defense.
Students are required to earn a grade of “B-” or higher in a core course in order to have that course apply towards the credit requirements for graduation. If a grade of “C+” or lower is received, that grade cannot be included on the candidacy form and the course must be repeated. All non-core courses must be passed according to University policy (C- or better).