Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Ph.D. Program Application Requirements

To be considered for Fall 2018 admission, complete applications must be received by February 5, 2018. Applications beyond this date will be accepted, but without guarantee of consideration for Fall 2018 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 PhD advisor and 2) submission of the CSU Graduate School application. These components are described in detail below.

Component 1: Identification of a PhD Advisor

The first step in the application process involves determining which faculty member would be a “fit” as a potential PhD advisor. Following a review of the individual research programs of the PhD Program Faculty, interested applicants may contact individual faculty members to ask questions and discuss their goals and interests related to the CSU Occupation and Rehabilitation Science PhD program. Through a series of conversations the applicant should seek to determine which PhD faculty member offers the best fit with their own research interests, as well as who is willing to serve as their mentor. Please note that, even if a faculty member makes a tentative commitment to be the advisor for the PhD applicant, applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and decisions will be made by the Occupation and Rehabilitation Science PhD Committee.

Applicants should also discuss with a potential advisor the possibilities for funding to support their education at CSU. This funding could come from the advisor’s program of research or from other sources. Keep in mind that decisions to financially support a student are typically decided through a competitive process.

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 mandatory 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 PhD 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 earned college credit 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