Granted by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,
the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program has a strong focus on
interdisciplinary and translational science. Coursework and research
opportunities exist in partnership with graduate programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health.
Through interdisciplinary experiences, including a solid
theoretical and methodological foundation in clinical and community
health-related rehabilitation services, students are provided with
advanced training in rehabilitation sciences, including assessment,
development, restoration, and maintenance of independent function in
persons with physical and cognitive impairments. Rehabilitation Sciences
also include methods to prevent disability and the examination of
adaptation to functional impairment, and social limitations resulting
from a disability.
Candidates should have a degree in a rehabilitation-related field and
have expressed a clear commitment to a career in rehabilitation and
- Degree in a rehabilitation-related field:
rehabilitation medicine/science, physical and occupational therapy,
nursing, neuroscience, exercise sciences, kinesiology, bioengineering,
human factor engineering/design, and rehabilitation/clinical psychology.
Applicants with backgrounds in other areas may be considered if their
education, experience and interests are suitable to program faculty.
- Preferred minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Previous clinical or healthcare experience.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score within the last five years. No waivers are granted.
- Review and approval by the Admissions Committee
in Preventive Medicine and Community Health and the Rehabilitation
Sciences Curriculum Admissions Committee.
- Test score for all applicants whose native language is not English.
- Test of English as A Foreign Language
(TOEFL) - Minimum requirement is 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80
internet-based, or the International.
- Test of English Language Testing System
(IELTS) - Minimum requirement is 6.5, for all applicants whose native
language is not English.
Knowledge in Rehabilitation Science
- Development of scientific theories focusing on the underlying mechanisms of impairment, disability and societal limitation;
- Systematic examination of appropriate
prevention, intervention and adaptation strategies strategies based on
- Construction and validation of measurement tools to evaluate impairment, disability and societal limitation; and
- Systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of
existing prevention, intervention and adaptation strategies - the study
of rehabilitation outcomes.
Applications must be submitted following the procedures below. Please
note that your application will not be reviewed unless we have received
both the SOPHAS and UTMB applications (#1 and #3). Applicants should
also visit the UTMB Admissions website for additional information.
- Complete the SOPHAS application online at http://sophas.org/
and pay the appropriate fee. Be sure to choose the University of Texas
Medical Branch – Rehabilitation Sciences PhD. A personal statement
should be uploaded and GRE scores must be submitted through SOPHAS using
GRE Code 7012. Transcripts must also be sent to SOPHAS directly from each institution you have attended, regardless if a degree was obtained.
- To expedite the screening of your application,
please upload unofficial transcripts in the SOPHAS application and any
other supporting documents (excluding letters of reference). If you do
not upload these items, review of your application may be delayed.
- Complete the UTMB Supplemental Application for Admission and pay the appropriate fee. You only need to complete the application form; you do not need to upload any files.
- Three letters of recommendation are required
from individuals who can attest to the applicant's potential for
graduate education. Applicants will need to provide email addresses in
SOPHAS for individuals asked to write letters. Each referee will receive
an email with instructions and link to submit the letter. You do not
need to submit your referees in the UTMB supplemental application.
Additional Information for International Applicants
- Applicants from international institutions must
use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide
verification and a course by course evaluation of transcripts to be
considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer
required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution to
UTMB. For a list of credentialing services, visit the UTMB Admissions website.
- International applicants must submit official
scores earned on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
Students will work with the PhD program director and
their faculty advisor to develop an individualized curriculum plan. The
curriculum plan will include core (required) courses, electives and
research opportunities based on the student's background and interest.
There are no specific requirements in terms of total course credits.
Students are required to enroll in didactic course work equivalent to
two years of full-time study (60-72 credits), plus a dissertation. Course Descriptions
Following completion of course work, students must
pass written and oral qualifying examinations that test current
knowledge regarding rehabilitation healthcare, preventive and community
health, and the ability to design and conduct independent, outcomes
Upon successful completion of the qualifying exam, the
student will be able to apply for doctoral candidacy, and once
admitted, will complete a dissertation. The dissertation will be
original work examining an important question in rehabilitation science
within one of the research focus areas: Aging & Geriatric
Rehabilitation, Clinical and Community Rehabilitation Muscle Biology of
Rehabilitation, or Population-based Health Services Rehabilitation.
Annual stipends are available for full-time students. Funding support
through institutional endowments and research/training grants is also
available. Support is based upon availability of funds and will be
determined by program administration once an application has been
recommended for acceptance.
Students applying to or currently enrolled in the
rehabilitation sciences PhD program are eligible to apply to the MPH
program. Prospective students must complete the application requirements
for both programs. Current students should consult with their PhD
advisor before applying to the MPH program and should enroll by the fall
of their 2nd year. The course of study for students enrolled in the
PhD/MPH option includes a combination of integrated courses; some
courses meet the requirement for both degree programs.
Students enrolled in the MD/PhD combined degree
program are able to select the rehabilitation sciences PhD as their
graduate option. MD/PhD students complete full-time graduate coursework
during years three and four of the combined degree program.