How to Apply
The Division of Rehabilitation Science requires applicants to fill-out the Graduate School application for admission, which is accessed and submitted online. Rehabilitation Science does not require a separate internal application. See below for more detailed information on completing and submitting the Graduate School application.
Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications by December 1 for the following Fall semester (September start). Applicants not meeting the December 1 deadline will still be considered for admission, however, meeting the December 1 deadline will ensure the applicant is maximizing potential funding opportunities. Funding consideration will only be given to those students participating full-time. Full-time is fully engaged in the graduate student experience.
In addition to the online Graduation School application, all applicants must have an agreed upon faculty advisor prior to matriculation. Only faculty holding a PhD may serve as advisor. Applicants should identify a faculty member who best matches applicant’s area of research interest. Selection of, and consent from, an advisor is essential. In consultation with advisor, students complete the curriculum at the student’s discretion and pace. This makes the student/advisor relationship especially important. In advance of formal submission of the online Graduate School application, applicants should contact faculty regarding the possibility of the faculty member serving in the advisor role.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to rehabilitation science, such as: biomedical engineering, kinesiology, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, speech/audiology etc. International students must hold a comparable foreign degree from an accredited program.
Depending on the educational background of the applicant, admission may be contingent upon completion of selected prerequisite course work (anatomy, physics etc). If you are unsure whether your bachelor’s degree is applicable, please contact Rehabilitation Science directly. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and, if applicable, a graduate school GPA of 3.0 is preferred. GRE scores are required. Competitive applicants have GRE scores, at a minimum, in the 50th percentile.
Submission of the Online Graduate School Application
Application submission requires a fee of US $75 for US citizens/permanent residents and US $95 for international applicants. You may save your application and work on the application over time. To be considered for admission, you will need to pay the fee and officially hit “submit.”
What you should include, by application section:
Personal Information. Complete all the required information.
Application Information. Complete all the required information. Major and Degree is Rehabilitation Science PhD or MS. Campus is University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Educational Background. You do not need to enter High School Information. List information for all Colleges/Universities attended. Upload unofficial transcripts. If you are admitted, you will need to submit official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be used for application review and vote. Please self-report GPA information.
Test Information-Self Reported. Self-report GRE information. GRE is required and the test must be within 5 years. If you are an applicant whose native language is not English, you must submit scores from 1 of 3 tests: TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB.
Languages. You do NOT need to submit any information on this page.
Awards and Activities. You do NOT need to submit any information on this page. We would ask that your upload your CV/Resume. See “Program Supplementary Information” below for instructions on uploading your CV/Resume. Relevant Awards and Activities should be included in your CV/Resume.
Employment/Residence Information. Please submit Employment History and Residency information as requested.
Financial Support. Financial Support information is not required but we would ask that you submit the information requested.
Legal Agent/Privacy Statement. Not required, but you are welcome to complete, if applicable.
Applicant Statements. Submit Statement #1- Personal Statement. Feel free to indicate proposed faculty advisor in your Personal Statement. Submit Statement #2 – Diversity Statement. You may submit a statement on Extenuating Circumstances, if you feel necessary.
Under Department/Program Forms, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs check area(s) of interest found under Rehabilitation Science.
Program Supplementary Information. Upload your Resume or CV. You do NOT need to submit any additional information asked of the Program Supplementary Information. Do NOT submit a Writing Sample.
Important Links – Recommendations. You are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation. Please follow the instructions found under Recommendations. You recommenders should complete the one page recommendation form and submit their 1-2 page recommendation letter as instructed.