We welcome applications for admission to the PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) between August 1 and November 15. 

HRS Admissions

Applicants must apply in conformance with graduate school requirements using the online application

To be admitted to the HRS PhD program, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Completed graduate school application including all transcripts
    • Overall 3.0+ GPA and TOEFL if applicable 
  • Professional or Master’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Submission of the following required PhD documentation:
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Writing sample providing evidence of the highest standards of research the student has taken part in (examples, include a masters thesis, undergraduate honors thesis, published manuscript, etc.)
    • Personal statement
    • Three recommendations
  • Identification of a PhD advisor and completion of prospective advisor agreement form

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 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).
  • Three letters of recommendation (send to HRS Admissions Office or electronically via the application)
    •  Three (3) recommendations are required for each applicant. Letters will be submitted to Graduate and Professional Admissions by the recommender after completing the HRS PhD Attributes Survey.
    • The Qualtrics Survey will be sent to each recommender’s provided email address once their contact information is submitted by the applicant on their PhD application. Letters of recommendation should reflect the scoring of the Attributes Survey and address at least the following:
      • Based on at least one specific example, provide your opinion of the applicant’s ability to think critically and problem solve
      • Comment on the integrity and ethical standing of the applicant and provide evidence that supports your points
      • Describe any other noteworthy attributes you feel speak to the likelihood of success of the applicant in the HRS PhD program
  •  Personal Statement - An applicant’s personal statement should address the following: 
    • What type of research do you want to pursue as a PhD student at OSU? Ideally, pose a question, define a problem, or indicate a theme you might like to address as part of your graduate training. Show depth of understanding in your chosen research area and a capacity for creative, original thought. Include how/why a chosen mentor is right for you and how you fit within their research program. (600 words max)
    • What is your motivation for pursuing a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences? How is the program a strong fit for your career goals? (300 words max)
    • What is your preparation for the HRS PhD program? Discuss your background and training in the health and rehabilitation sciences field and/or related fields along with your relevant research experience in terms of class projects, fieldwork, laboratory research, etc. For research experience, discuss your specific role in the work, the scientific questions you asked, methods, results, and conclusions. Without duplicating responses from elsewhere on the application, briefly relate your past experience to the research you would like to conduct in graduate school and to your future goals (500 words max) 
    • What circumstances in your life have contributed to your development as an individual and a researcher? How will these experiences influence your success? Is there any other information you wish to share? (300 words) 
  • Each applicant must submit an advisor form and indicate a clear commitment from a P status faculty member from HRS. Find a Faculty Advisor here. Once signed, this form will be submitted to HRS.Admissions@osumc.edu and it will be added to your application. 
  • 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 may 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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