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PhD in Rehabilitation Science:
Applying

The PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science will next admit students in fall 2024, with the application cycle beginning in fall 2023. The application deadline will be January 15, 2024. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet or talk with a representative of the PhD Program, please contact the PhD program office.

All items are submitted online through the Graduate School of the University of Washington: www.grad.washington.edu.

Please schedule and complete and interview with a program representative well before the January 15 application deadline. (We recommend September, October or November.) The interview does not have to be in person, but must be completed in order to have your application considered. Please email the program office to arrange a time: rehabphd@uw.edu.

Application requirements are:

  • Please write a personal statement of no longer than three pages that addresses the following points:
    1. Why are you pursuing doctoral study in Rehabilitation Science?
      • Describe your short- and long-term career goals, and why a PhD is important to helping you reach those goals.
      • Describe your qualifications and readiness for doctoral study. Provide examples from your previous academic and/or work experiences where you have exhibited traits that facilitate PhD student success such as initiative and self-drive, inquisitiveness, good time-management skills, and an ability to think critically.
      • Describe an area in Rehabilitation Science on which you would like to focus. Provide rationale of need for study in this area, as well as any personal or professional experiences driving your interest in this area.
      • Describe why you selected the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Washington and why you believe this specific program will help you meet your educational and career goals.
    2. How have your life experiences prepared you to work and interact with people who have had different cultural and life experiences than you? Your comments may address relevant experiences in any areas including, but not limited to, race, gender, LGBTQIA affiliation, disability, religion, education, socioeconomic status, veteran status, or other cultural identities.
    3. If you wish, please provide any additional information about you or your life experiences that you think are relevant to this application and you would like to share.
  • CV or resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional license number, type, state of issue, expiration date (if applicable)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Informational Interview

In addition to online materials submitted to the UW Graduate School, the PhD Program may request a copy of official transcripts.

Underrepresented minorities may choose to submit an additional, optional personal statement of no more than two pages in length that addresses your personal history, family background, and other influences on your intellectual development. The statement should address educational, cultural, and economic opportunities and disadvantages that you have experienced, and ways those experiences have affected the development of your special interests, career plans, and future goals.

In addition to online materials submitted to the UW Graduate School, all applicants are required to mail a hard copy of all official transcripts to the PhD Program. Please send to: University of Washington, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science, Box 356490, Seattle, WA 98195.

International applicants are required to submit material in addition to those items listed above. Detailed information about International student applications to the Graduate School of the University Washington is on the Grad School website.

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. permanent residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a bachelor's degree in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must submit TOEFL and TSE scores. A minimum official TOEFL score of 580 (or a TOEFLC score of 237) and a minimum TSE score of 55 are required. Test scores must be less than two years old from the test date. No waivers are allowed.

International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H1-B, any dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications. (You are not an International applicant if you hold a U.S. "Green Card or Immigrant" status.)

To learn more about the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science, please explore the links below:

PhD in Rehab Science Application Deadline

The PhD Program in Rehabiliation Science accepts applications every other year. The next application deadline will be January 15, 2024.

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