Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences

The PhD provides you with the highest level of preparation as a Rehabilitation Sciences scholar.  The program allows you the opportunity to focus on coursework that addresses the areas of university teaching, research and administration while also pursuing a collateral or concentration area of study that relates directly to your goals as a scholar in the field of Rehabilitation Sciences.

In addition to developing expertise in the field of Rehabilitation Sciences, you have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Business management
  • Community health
  • Gerontology
  • Research methods and statistics

Catalog Description

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following criteria for preliminary consideration:

  1. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in Rehabilitation Counseling or an allied discipline. The appropriateness of the degree will be determined by the graduate faculty of the school.
  2. Have two years of work experience (or equivalent, as determined by the school’s graduate faculty) in the field of rehabilitation or an allied discipline.
  3. Submit a statement of interest (double spaced, no more than 12 pages) addressing the following:
    1. Describe your educational history and how it relates to this doctoral degree. 
    2. Describe your employment history and how it shaped your decision to pursue this doctoral degree. Include your experience in the field of disability and/or rehabilitation through internships, work, volunteer, or community activities.
    3. Describe your primary interest areas within the field of rehabilitation including (1) your research interests and (2) the cognate you propose to pursue as a specialization area for your plan of study.
    4. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? What do you hope to be doing when you earn your degree? Please include your interests in conducting scholarly research, teaching, administering programs, or working in the field.
  4. Provide a current resume.
  5. Participate in a personal interview, upon request.