The Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary program with concentrations in Pathology and Impairment, Functional Limitations, and Health Services. The concentration areas encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between students and faculty and train team scientists to approach complex disorders and conditions from a cross-discipline and cross-system perspective. The doctoral program fits the conceptual framework established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and strategic initiatives set forth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Graduates of the Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science will become the scholars, researchers, program directors and educators who advance the body of knowledge about health and rehabilitation sciences.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program emphasizes curriculum and research that center around function, factors, and interventions that disable or enable people. Qualified students may enter the program with a bachelor’s or graduate degree from several health-related areas such as, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, medicine, occupational therapy, exercise science, health administration, biology or engineering.
Within MUSC, the College of Health Professions (CHP) collaborates with the College of Graduate Studies (CGS). Students have the opportunity to take courses with peers from other basic and translational research-based master and doctoral programs at MUSC. The relationship with CGS greatly increases the number of potential faculty mentors and advisors for students and enhances the program’s ability to partner and collaborate with other disciplines critical to the study of rehabilitation science.
The program enrolls students once a year in the fall semester who meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate the likelihood of success in the Ph.D. program and research career based on previous academic work and relevant professional experience.
- Demonstrate potential for a successful pairing with a faculty mentor and mentorship team conducting research in the student’s area of interest.
To determine the likelihood of success, the admissions committee will review:
- Baccalaureate or graduate degree in a relevant discipline or first professional degree (such as DPT, OT, SLP)
- Grade-point average in prior academic work (3.0 minimum required)
- Personal Statement
- Professional experiences in the discipline
- Letters of professional and academic reference
- Scores on the Graduate Record Exam
Strong candidates will be invited to interview.
- Complete the appropriate MUSC Application (PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science – Post Baccalaureate or PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science – Post Masters)
- Submit three (3) recommendations from professionals and/or academics who are familiar with your research aptitude. It is recommended that at least two come from doctorally prepared faculty who have taught you in relevant coursework and can assess the likelihood of your academic and research success in a PhD program.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results. School code 5407, no department code. (View official results)
- Personal Statement
- Submit official transcripts from previous colleges/universities.
- Foreign Institutions – Academic records from foreign institutions must be provided in English and must be certified or validated as true by a university or government official. International transcripts must be evaluated & officially submitted by professional agencies and show the equivalency of work completed outside the United States.
The following websites provide more information about professional transcript evaluation agencies:
* More Information for International Students is available and should be reviewed prior to applying.
Please note: All above information must be received before an admission decision can be made. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the status of his/her application by visiting the Application Progress Portal.
|Start Term||Application Type||Available||Deadline|
|Fall 2019||Regular||July 1, 2017||February 28, 2019