Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Ph.D. Program Application Requirements

To be considered for Fall 2017 admission, complete applications must be received by February 6, 2017. Applications beyond this date will be accepted, but without guarantee of consideration for Fall 2017 admission.

This page provides information about the application requirements and process required for acceptance into the PhD program. As is common in most graduate programs, the below requirements reflect the minimum standards an applicant must meet. Certainly, achievement above the minimum standards will increase the competitiveness of your application. If you have any questions about the following application requirements and process, please contact Matt Malcolm, PhD Program Director.

The application process for the PhD in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science (ORS) entails two required components: 1) Identification of a doctoral advisor and 2) submission of the CSU Graduate School application. These components are described in detail below.

Component 1: Identification of a Doctoral Advisor

One critical step in the application process for prospective CSU ORS PhD students involves a process by which applicants determine which faculty member would be a “fit” as a potential doctoral advisor. Below is a description of the advisor recruitment process which potential doctoral students need to engage in as they prepare their application:

Interested applicants should first conduct an on-line study of the PhD Program Faculty and their individual research programs. Following this on-line study, applicants need to contact individual faculty members to discuss their goals related to the CSU ORS PhD program, as well as their background and interests related to that faculty member’s research program. Please be aware that not all faculty members will accept doctoral students each year owing to the availability of resources and open spots to accept additional students.

Among the available faculty members applicants should seek to determine, through a series of conversations with the potential doctoral advisors, which faculty member offers the best fit with their research interests, as well as which advisor is willing to serve as the applicant’s mentor. However, even if a faculty member makes a tentative commitment to be the doctoral advisor and take on a particular applicant as an advisee, applications will be evaluated by the Occupation and Rehabilitation Science PhD Committee, as the application acceptance process will be handled on a competitive basis. Additionally, not all available doctoral advisors will have funding available to provide fiscal support for a selected applicant’s PhD program, even though they will make every attempt to do so. Applicants will want to discuss the possibilities for funding from the faculty members they are considering as a doctoral advisor. To assist doctoral students whose advisor is unable to fund their program, each year the OT Department may have some funding available, but again, distribution will be decided through a competitive process and any funding available from the OT Department will vary from year to year.

Component 2: Submit CSU Graduate School application

Applicants apply to the Occupational Therapy Department and the CSU Graduate School by completing an application at Applicants will be required to submit the following information:

  1. Purpose Statement: a) Describes your understanding of and interest in our PhD in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science; b) provides an overview of your past career experiences and outlines your specific areas of research interest, and expertise including references to extant literature; and c) details your future career ambitions and why they are a fit with one or more of our Ph.D. program’s core research areas.
  2. Identification of a Doctoral Advisor
  3. Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  4. Three Letters of Reference: Applicants are required to identify three references who will be requested to provide information electronically.
  5. General Records Examination (GRE) scores: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Applicants self-report scores on application and request official scores to be sent to Colorado State University
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions in which the applicant was engaged in undergraduate and graduate studies. (Colorado State University transcripts are not required.)
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Only required for international student applicants. As per the CSU graduate school admissions requirements, applicants must receive at least the minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based). This graduate school requirement is detailed here: Graduate and Professional Bulletin