We welcome applications for admission to the PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS). The purpose of this interdisciplinary PhD program is to prepare health care professionals to become leaders, teachers, and scholars in their respective fields of allied health. Specific goals of our interdisciplinary program are to prepare allied health professionals to enter academic positions and to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in allied health disciplines.

HRS Admissions

Applicants must apply in conformance with graduate school requirements using the online application. In addition to the documents required by the graduate school (i.e. proof of degree, TOEFL, minimum GPA, etc), the applicant will provide recent GRE scores, a letter of intent and faculty will provide an HRS potential faculty advisor form and faculty sponsorship of student applicant form.  
To be admitted to the HRS PhD program, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:
  • Minimum GRE scores at the 50th percentile or greater on the verbal and quantitative portions and 4 or greater for the written portion.
  • MS degree or professional degree in a health related field; or be an applicant to a dual degree program such as DPT/PhD, OTD/PhD, MS/PhD
  • Commitment of an advisor or sponsor from the faculty for the HRS PhD program
  • Determination by the advisor and the PhD graduate studies committee of the goodness of fit with the goals of the HRS PhD Program and scope of research by the faculty.
In rare cases, an applicant may request a review of their academic record by the HRS PhD Graduate Studies Committee in consideration of waiving the GRE minimums. The decision by the committee and the PhD program Director will be final.
The HRS PhD program is a rigorous program of study based on biomedical and health related sciences which demand a full-time commitment and availability to be successful. As such, special or conditional admission will be rare. Most if not all admissions will be in the regular classification.

General Admission Requirements and Criteria

General Requirements

The PhD program is open to applicants who have completed a graduate degree. This degree can be a Master of Science (MS) in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Masters of Science in Dietetics. Other related graduate degrees may be appropriate; contact Lisa Terek at terek.2@osu.edu.
In addition, specific courses are recommended:
  • Two graduate level research methods courses
  • One graduate level college teaching course
The documents required to apply for the PhD program include:
  • Graduate Program Application
  • Official transcripts (Send one set of official transcripts from each school attended, except The Ohio State University to Ohio State University's Graduate Admissions).
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (send to Graduate Admissions)
  • Three letters of recommendation (send to HRS Admissions Office or electronically via the application)
  • Statement of Intent (send to HRS Admission Office or electronically via the application)
  • An agreement from one of the School’s Graduate Faculty agreeing to act as a potential adviser
Additional materials to submit when available are:
  • CV with a list of publications and presentations
  • Copies of research reports or other publications that you have authored
Note: International students, whose native language is not English, must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Candidates for admission into the program will be interviewed. The interview will include at least two of the graduate faculty and may be in person or by phone.

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