Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Frequently Asked Questions
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
What do I need to know about the TTUHSC Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science?
- What is the objective of pursuing a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science?
The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy program in Rehabilitation Science is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching. Students in the Ph.D. program may choose a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or Movement Sciences and Disorders (MSD).
- Is TTUHSC an accredited university?
Yes, TTUHSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. You may look in the SHP Student Catalog for more information.
- What are the minimal standards for admission?
The admission requirements and standards are the minimal eligibility requirements for consideration and do not guarantee admission to the program. Admission to the program is competitive. Each applicant's file will be evaluated by the program's Admissions Committee.
- What are the admission requirements for the Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science,
and what needs to be included in my application?
- Completed and submitted online application
- Official transcripts from all universities attended (whether or not a degree was earned)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Graduate degree in Audiology, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, or other related field
- GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework
- Letter of intent specifying area of interest
- Writing sample (Copy of master's thesis OR research paper)
- Interview with at least one faculty member
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) scores, if English is the second language
- Proof of appropriate immunizations against infectious diseases
Materials can be found at the SHP Application website.
Indicate that you are applying for a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science.
We will attempt to notify students of their application status at least 2 months prior to the
beginning of the semester.
When are the deadlines for applying to the TTUHSC Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science?
|March 15||October 15||February 1||September 1|
Yes, A graduate degree is required for admission. However, a clinical degree is not required. Applicants with a strong interest in rehabilitation science, including those with and without a clinical background, are encouraged to apply.
All applicants who are admitted into the program will have an interview. Minimum or competitive GPA, GRE, TOEFL, and/or IELTS scores may not qualify for an interview. Qualified applicants will be notified via email or telephone to schedule their interview.
For competitive admission, GPA (last 60 hours) must be at least a 3.0, and we recommend that GRE scores should be near or above the 50th percentile.
International applicants attending school on a visa who are internationally trained in a non-English speaking country must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) scores . Minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 79 on the internet-based test and 550 on the paper test. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in countries in which the native language is English. TTUHSC’s institution code for the TOEFL is 6851. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for only 2 years.
Requirements for International Applicants may be found on the SHP website.
For current tuition rates, please visit this website.
About the Program:
- How many students are enrolled in TTUHSC's Ph.D.in Rehabilitation Science program?
The Ph.D. Program typically has an enrollment of about 20 students. We admit 1-3 students per year.
- What is the average duration of the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program?
On average, full-time students complete the Ph.D. program's coursework in 3 years (9 semesters) and the dissertation in 1-2 years. The length of the program varies from student to student due to the individualized course of study. Thus, the number of years one spends in the Ph.D. program depends to a large extent on the student's goals.
- Do you offer a part-time or distance learning Ph.D. program?
Students may enroll part-time and this option might be desirable on some circumstances. However, stipends are not available for part-time students, and total time in the program will be extended. This Ph.D. program is only offered in Lubbock, Texas, and is not a distance education program. Students who do not live in Lubbock are expected to travel to Lubbock when necessary/required. Contact the program director for specific questions.
Now that I've been accepted, what information do I need to know?
- When will I receive my orientation information regarding course registration, immunization
requirements, parking permits, TTUHSC ID badge, required online training, etc.?
All necessary information regarding registering for classes and the orientation process will be emailed to you approximately 2 months before beginning the program
- When do I need to be in compliance with all of my immunizations?
Your immunization records must be in compliance 10 days prior to the first day of class each semester. Information regarding immunization requirements will be sent electronically to students who are accepted into the program. If you have any questions about immunization requirements or the status of your immunizations, please contact the Office of Institutional Health at 806-743-3019.
- What are the course requirements for the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program?
A minimum of 86 hours is required, including 38 hours in the core curriculum and 36 hours in the concentration, plus 12 hours of dissertation.
- How do I decide which classes to take for my individualized degree plan?
New students should consult the general plan of study form, program director, and their concentration coordinator to select courses in their first semester and until the official plan of study is approved. For more details about Ph.D. courses, please visit the TTUHSC SHP Catalog and the program director.
- Is funding available for Ph.D. students?
The Ph.D. program offers Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions for full-time students, although the number of assistantships is limited and competitive. A TA position requires 20 hours/week commitment, but offers a competitive stipend, tuition reduction, and partial fee waivers
- Are students required to take a comprehensive exam?
Yes, each student will be required to pass a comprehensive qualifying examination after completing all coursework and the research project, and before starting on the dissertation.
- In what research areas are faculty members actively engaged?
See the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (CSLHR) website and the Center for Rehabilitation Research website for more information.
- Other resources: