Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

Application / Admission Process


1. Individuals applying for admission must have a master’s degree (professional or post-professional) in communication disorders, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or athletic training and be eligible for licensure or certification in one of the disciplines*. Individuals not eligible for licensure will be considered on an exceptional basis.

2. Applicants must apply to both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.

3. Application deadlines for Fall Admission to the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program are as follows is June 1st.

  • See the Graduate School website for Graduate School application timelines.

4. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Application Forms for both the Graduate School and the Doctoral Program 
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended ( 2 copies each)
  • Official GRE Scores (**Note** GRE’s sent to The Graduate School must be targeted for the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program. This requires that you enter the following school code (1837) so that your application can be processed.)
  • Official TOEFL score for international students
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Comprehensive resume
  • One-page essay detailing your professional goals and reasons for choosing the interdisciplinary program of study and your specific area of research interest.

5. Applicants will be asked to interview with faculty members as a part of the application process.

6. Because we believe that a successful doctoral experience depends on faculty guidance, an RHB Doctoral Program Faculty Member must agree to serve as an applicant’s primary mentor before an applicant can be accepted into the program.

Graduate School application materials are available:

Application materials for the RHB program can be obtained below.

Program Admission Information


For more information contact:

Anne D. Olson, PhD, CCC/A,  Director of Graduate Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program and
Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Charles T. Wethington Jr. Building
900 S. Limestone Ave, Rm. 124J
Lexington, KY 40536-0200

Phone (859) 323-1100, ext 80572
Fax: (859) 323-8957

Thank you for your interest in our Doctoral Program!