Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

What do I need to know about the TTUHSC Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science?


  1. 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. Applicants for the Ph.D. program may choose a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or Movement Sciences and Disorders (MSD).

  2. 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.

Application/Admissions Process:

  1. 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 student’s file will be evaluated by the Department’s Ph.D. Admissions Committee.

  2. 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
    • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
    • 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
    • Resume
    • Proof of appropriate immunizations against infectious diseases
  3. Where can I find application materials?

    Materials can be found at the SHP Application website.
    Indicate that you are applying for a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences.

  4. When will I learn of my application status?

    We will attempt to notify students of their application status at least 2 months prior to the
    beginning of the semester.

  5. When are the deadlines for applying to the TTUHSC Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science?

    SCIENCE (Ph.D)
    March 15 October 15 February 1 September 1

  6. Is a graduate degree absolutely required for admission?

    Yes, A graduate degree in Audiology, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, or other related field is required. Applicants who have earned graduate degrees in fields other than these listed above should contact the program director based on area of interest to discuss an individual plan of study.

  7. Is every applicant required to have an interview?

    All applicants who are ultimately admitted into the program will have an interview. Some applicants do not have GPA, GRE, TOEFL, and/or IELTS scores that are sufficiently competitive with the applicant pool to qualify for an interview. Applicants who do qualify will be notified via email or telephone to schedule their interview.

  8. What GRE scores and GPA are expected in order to be competitive for admission to the TTUHSC Graduate Program?

    For competitive admission, GPA should be at least a 3.0, and GRE scores should be at or above the 20th percentile.

  9. What TOEFL and/or IELTS scores are expected in order to be competitive for admission to the TTUHSC Graduate Program?

    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. The TTUHSC’s institution code for the TOEFL is 6851. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for only 2 years.

  10. What are the requirements for international students?

    Requirements for International Applicants may be found on the SHP website.

  11. What is the cost of tuition for the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Program?

    For current tuition rates, please visit this website.

About the Program:

  1. How many students are enrolled in the TTUHSC Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Science?

    The doctoral research program typically has ~20 total students. We admit 1-3 students per year.

  2. What is the average duration of the Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Science?

    On average, full-time students complete the Ph.D. program coursework in 3 years (9 semesters) and a minimum of 1 year for the dissertation. The length of the program varies from student to student due to an individualized course of study. Thus, the number of years one spends in the Ph.D. program depends to a large extent on the motivation of the student and her/his mentor.

  3. Do you offer a part-time or distance learning Ph.D. program?

    Part-time may be an option. 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?


  1. 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.

  2. What is the cost of tuition for the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science?

    For current tuition rates, please visit this website.

  3. 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.


  1. What are the course requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Science?

    A minimum of 86 hours is required, including 38 hours in the core curriculum and 36 hours in the concentration, plus 12 hours of research/dissertation.

  2. How do I decide which classes to take for my individualized degree plan?

    Students will enroll in courses from several departments within TTU and TTUHSC. Courses from departments such as psychology, special education, linguistics, physiology, neurology, human development, rehabilitation sciences, kinesiology, and engineering will complement each student’s area of interest/specialization. All courses must be approved by the student’s program director and planning committee. For more details about potential classes, please visit the TTU Catalog and/or TTUHSC SHP Catalog.

    Once you have decided upon some courses in which you are interested, check the schedule to see if/when they are offered. In preparation for your first semester, schedule an appointment with your temporary advisor 1-2 months prior to the semester start date.

  3. Are assistantships available in the RS department?

    • Many of our full-time students receive half-time assistantships (20 hours per week). Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. We also have several part-time students who do not receive funding.
    • The funding is approximately $18,000 per year. Partial fee waivers are available for students who are on a half-time assistantship.
  4. Are comprehensive qualifying exams required at the end of the program?

    Yes, each student will be required to pass a comprehensive qualifying examination.
    The supervised research project must be completed and defended, and all coursework requirements must be met prior to the onset of the comprehensive qualifying examination.

  5. In what research areas are faculty members actively engaged?

    See the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (CSLHR) website and the Center for Rehabilitaion Research website for more information.

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