Become a doctor in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University.
To be considered for the University Fellowship for the current school year, all application materials must be received by the HRS graduate program office by the November 1 deadline. Please note Fellowship awardees will start the PhD program in the Autumn Semester. For additional information regarding the competition, please visit https://gradsch.osu.edu/
Review of Your Application
Your application will be reviewed by:
- The University Graduate School Office of Admissions
- The Graduate Studies Committee of the School (GSC)
Finding a Potential Advisor
What does "Potential Advisor Agreement" Mean?
A student who applies without a potential advisor may be contacted by program faculty if the student appears to be well qualified and the program faculty determine that there is a good potential fit for the student in the program. However, if an application is received without a potential faculty advisor identified and no fit for the applicant is apparent, the student may be rejected without further notice. Therefore, it is imperative for the student to contact potential faculty advisers prior to admission.
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, MOT/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
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.
- You must have a 3.0 or better GPA from your undergraduate studies and a 3.3 or better from their previous graduate studies.
- Competitive GRE scores must be greater than the 50% for both the verbal and quantitative sections; Your writing score must be at least a 4.0.
- One of the School’s graduate faculty must agree to act as a potential adviser for you. This faculty member will have room to accept a new student under their tutelage and be a primary evaluator of your complete application once received.
- Statement of Intent: Should include the following:
- Autobiographical information emphasizing prior education
- Your research interests and fit of your interests to the School’s program
- Your educational and professional goals
- Instructions for the Statement of Intent