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The Rehabilitation Science program requires applicants to fill out the Graduate School application for admission, which you can access online. The program does not require a separate program application.

In addition to the Graduate School application, all applicants must have an agreed-upon faculty advisor prior to matriculation. See below for information on securing a faculty advisor.

Apply to the Rehabilitation Science program

 

Application Info

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 the program directly. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and, if applicable, a Graduate School GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Applicants must submit the following electronic materials directly to the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota:

  • Graduate School online application and fee (US citizens and permanent residents = US$75; international students = US$95).
  • Submit a personal statement. We would also ask that you upload your CV. Instructions for uploading both documents are included with the online application
  • Upload unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work. Instructions on uploading unofficial transcripts are included with the online application. If the applicant is accepted for admission, the applicant will be required to produce official transcripts.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. See information on taking the GRE. Copies of official scores may be sent via email or regular mail.
  • For international students, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (for international students). A minimum score on the the new INternet based TOEFL (IBT) is at least 79 plus a minimum score of 21 on the Writing section and 19 on the Reading section.
  • Three letters of reference. Letters of reference should be one page in length and addressed to “Admissions Committee.” References should come from colleagues, professors, advisors, employers, and/or research professionals.

Faculty Advisor

All applicants must have agreement from a Rehabilitation Science faculty member to serve as an advisor. Only faculty holding a PhD may serve as advisor. As part of the application process, each prospective student should identify a faculty member who best matches prospective student’s area of research interest. 

Selection of, and consent from, an advisor is essential to the application process. Students in Rehabilitation Science do not enter by class, and, in consultation with advisor, complete the curriculum at the student’s discretion and pace. This makes the student/advisor relationship especially important as the student works out a program of study that best meets the student’s needs.

MS Degree

Plan A: Master’s Degree with Thesis

This plan consists of a minimum of 23 graduate credits not including thesis credits. See course descriptions.

Major Field: 14 credits or more including 4 credits of seminars in rehabilitation science (RSc 8100) and a research design course in rehabilitation science (RSc 8192 or advisor approved course).

Minor or Supporting Field: 6 or more credits in a minor or supporting field.

Statistics: A statistics course, 3 credits. Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • PUBH 6450 – Biostatistics I
  • PUBH 6451 – Biostatistics II
  • EPSY 8261 – Statistical Methods I
  • EPSY 8262 – Statistical Methods II

Minimum Grade Requirements: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work taken in the degree program and course work listed on the student’s Graduate Degree Plan form.

Language Requirement: None.

Thesis: Minimum of 10 thesis credits (RSc 8777).

Ethics in Research Training: Students must complete training in research ethics, as required by the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota. The Graduate School requires that all Graduate Students receive Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training. See additional information regarding the Graduate School’s requirement.

Students will need training in the following areas:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Responsible authorship
  • Code of conduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • Policies for use of human and animal subjects, informed consent, patient privacy
  • Data management (record keeping; data archival and storage; data practices)
  • Intellectual property, copyright issues, data ownership
  • History of ethics in research
  • Interaction and communication with advisors and collaborators
  • Plagiarism, peer review, scientific fraud
  • Research funding and fiscal responsibilities
  • Mentorship and responsibility to others
  • Environmental health and safety issues (may be discipline specific)
  • Social responsibility in research

The Program in Rehabilitation Science has identified mechanisms for delivering research training. Students are encouraged to complete the Graduate Schools two part short course, RCR I and RCR II. Depending on the student's research area, additional training may be required in human and/or animal subjects. 

Preliminary Oral Examination: Defense of thesis proposal to an examining committee, following Graduate School guidelines.

Final Oral Examination: Defense of thesis research to an examining committee, following Graduate School guidelines.

Plan B: Master’s Degree without Thesis

This plan requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits without a thesis. See course descriptions.

Major Field: 14 credits or more including 4 credits of seminars in rehabilitation science (RSc 8100) and a research design course in rehabilitation science (RSc 8192 or advisor approved course).

Minor or Supporting Field: 6 or more credits in a minor or supporting field.

Statistics: A statistics course, 3 credits. Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • PUBH 6450 – Biostatistics I
  • PUBH 6451 – Biostatistics II
  • EPSY 8261 – Statistical Methods I
  • EPSY 8262 – Statistical Methods II

Additional Courses: The balance of courses to comprise the overall 30 credit minimum is chosen by agreement between the student and advisor.

Minimum Grade Requirements: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work taken in the degree program and course work listed on the student’s Graduate Degree Plan form.

Language Requirement: None.

Ethics in Research Training: See description above in Plan A Requirements.

Plan B Project(s): Demonstration of familiarity with the tools of research or scholarship in the major field, ability to work independently, and ability to present the results of investigation effectively.

Final Examination: Written or oral (or both) responses to questions from an examining committee.

Other MS Requirements

HIPAA: The Program in Rehabilitation Science is a part of the Academic Health Center (AHC) at the University of Minnesota. The AHC requires all students and faculty to be compliant with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Once a student is admitted to the Program in Rehabilitation Science, they will receive instruction on completing HIPAA training.

Immunization: The Rehabilitation Science Program is a part of the University's Academic Health Center (AHC). According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and Academic Health Center (AHC) policy, all AHC students are required to have a health clearance as a condition of enrollment. This information must be completed to register for classes in the AHC. When you are notified of acceptance to the Program, the Graduate School will also inform you of the University’s immunization policy and direct you to Boynton Health Service’s web site for information and immunization form. 

PhD Degree

Coursework

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 36 graduate credits not including dissertation credits. The minimum of 36 graduate credits is broken down as follows:

16 credits of Rehabilitation Science (RSC) courses, which includes 6 credits from a core group of courses (RSC 5106, RSC 5206, RSC 5306, RSC 8106, RSC 8206, RSC 8306).

12 additional graduate credits from RSC courses, non-RSC courses, or a combination of both.  Students are welcome to declare a minor, but a minor is not required.

8 credits of statistics are required. Acceptable statistics courses include, but are not limited to:

  • EPSY 8251 – Statistical Methods I
  • EPSY 8252 – Statistical Methods II
  • PUBH 6450 – Biostatistics I
  • PUBH 6451 – Biostatistics II

In addition to these minimum requirements, student advisor may require additional courses. Click here for more information regarding core courses and statistics courses.

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work taken in the degree program and coursework listed on the student’s Graduate Degree Plan form, including minor or supporting program and statistics coursework.

Language Requirement: None

Thesis: Minimum of 24 thesis credits (RSc 8888).

Ethics in Research Training

Students must complete training in research ethics, as required by the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota. The Graduate School requires that all Graduate Students receive Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training

Students will need training in the following areas:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Responsible authorship
  • Code of conduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • Policies for use of human and animal subjects, informed consent, patient privacy
  • Data management (record keeping; data archival and storage; data practices)
  • Intellectual property, copyright issues, data ownership
  • History of ethics in research
  • Interaction and communication with advisors and collaborators
  • Plagiarism, peer review, scientific fraud
  • Research funding and fiscal responsibilities
  • Mentorship and responsibility to others
  • Environmental health and safety issues (may be discipline specific)
  • Social responsibility in research

The Program in Rehabilitation Science has identified mechanisms for delivering research training. Students are encouraged to complete the Graduate Schools two part short course, RCR I and RCR II. Depending on the student's research area, additional training may be required in human and/or animal subjects. 

Preliminary Written Exam

All doctoral students are required to pass a written examination in their major field. This examination covers all work completed in the major field and must include work completed in the minor or supporting field, plus questions probing the student’s ability to collect and interpret information from the scientific literature.

Preliminary Oral Exam

All doctoral students are required to pass a preliminary oral examination by their major field. The preliminary oral examination covers the major field, the minor field or supporting program, and any work fundamental to these areas, including possible plans for thesis research. Additionally, the oral examination can include questions elaborating on earlier responses from the preliminary written examination.

Final Oral Exam

The final oral exam consists of a seminar in which the candidate defends their thesis to an examining committee and other members of the scholarly community. The examining committee is the same as the committee assembled for the Preliminary Oral Exam.

Other PhD Requirements

HIPAA: The Program in Rehabilitation Science is a part of the Academic Health Center (AHC) at the University of Minnesota. The AHC requires all students and faculty to be compliant with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Once a student is admitted to the Program in Rehabilitation Science, they will receive instruction on completing HIPAA training.

Immunization: The Rehabilitation Science Program is a part of the University's Academic Health Center (AHC). According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and Academic Health Center (AHC) policy, all AHC students are required to have a health clearance as a condition of enrollment. This information must be completed to register for classes in the AHC. When you are notified of acceptance to the Program, the Graduate School will also inform you of the University’s immunization policy and direct you to Boynton Health Service’s web site for information and immunization form.

Contact Us

Rich Adamczak
Program in Rehabilitation Science
MMC 388
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-3966
E-mail: adamc002@umn.edu

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Preferred Admission Deadlines

  • December 1 preferred for enrollment the following fall semester (September start)
  • May 1 preferred for enrollment the following spring semester (January start). 

Applicants who do not meet the deadline date will still be considered. Please allow adequate timing for the reporting of official scores (GRE, TOEFL) and for the submission of official transcripts. If accepted, international students need to allow adequate time for the processing of the student VISA.