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The MU College of Health Sciences offers a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science. This is an interdisciplinary, research-focused doctoral program designed to prepare students for careers in research, higher education, and organizational leadership in the health disciplines (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, health psychology, health science, public health, and health administration). Students may be working professionals, practitioners with a clinical degree who intend to pursue research-focused career opportunities, or they may be students who enter immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree. The program uses a mentorship-model in which students are accepted to work with specific faculty and to learn through hands-on research experience. Coursework is tailored to students’ research interests and crosses disciplines.

Degrees Offered


On Campus

Admission Criteria

  • Fall Deadline: February 1
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 preferred
  • Minimum GRE score: Verbal + Quantitative = 306, preferred

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Health and Rehabilitation Science Program

The following items must be uploaded to your Graduate School online application:

  • Transcripts
  • Official GRE results
  • English Proficiency Exam results (international students only)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • 500-word personal statement/statement of interest
  • One example of scholarly work
  • Faculty Interest, identifying 1-3 faculty members (built into the Graduate School online application)

Note: An interview is required for admission to the program.