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PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences

This PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences is an interdisciplinary research degree across NYU Steinhardt's health and therapeutic professions: physical therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, applied psychology, communicative sciences and disorders, and nutrition. The program prepares scholars from these and related disciplines to develop an interdisciplinary line of research that enhances human performance and quality of life for people with disabilities. You will further your specialized knowledge, take advantage of extensive interdisciplinary study opportunities, work collaboratively with faculty mentors across health fields, and build a strong foundation in applied research and scientific inquiry.

It is strongly suggested that you contact the faculty members you are interested in working with.

Official Degree Title

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences



Application Deadline

Fall Start:
December 1

Plan Code





Full-time or Part-time

Admissions Requirement

Candidates to this program must have a master's degree.


How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please also read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Include your research interests and prior research experience; evidence of interest in human ecologies, systems-level interventions, and/or policy interventions and analysis; and a description of your career goals.

Statement of Research

In addition to the Statement of Purpose, a 2-3 page double spaced typed Statement of Research is also required. The Statement of Research should address your previous research experience(s) and what role you had on the research team(s).  Comment on the type of research you would like to conduct at NYU Steinhardt in the Rehabilitation Science PhD program. Please share which faculty member(s) you would  be interested in working with.  How will your research demonstrate interdisciplinary rehabilitation? What type of research you would like to conduct after completing the PhD program?

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.