Prospective Students & Postdocs

Important Dates

PhD Application Open: September 1 - December 1

PhD Applicant Interviews: February 20 & 21

Deadline to Accept or Reject PhD Offer: April 15

We are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

If you are an applicant with a disability who would like to engage in a confidential consultation about disability access at CU Anschutz, or who requires accommodations to complete the application or interview process, please contact The Office of Disability, Access & Inclusion.

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Institutional Overview

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About the Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz)

CU Anschutz is a healthcare campus dedicated to fostering collaboration among students, researchers and clinicians and the largest academic health center between Chicago, Texas and the West Coast.

The campus consists of three zones that promote collaboration and innovation:

  • Education zone with remarkable facilities for training future physicians and other health professionals;
  • Research zone with ground-breaking, internationally renowned research;
  • Clinical care zone with the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children's Hospital, the University of Colorado School of Medicine's primary adult and pediatric hospital partners, nearby.

CU Anschutz is home to six schools and colleges:

  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Colorado School of Public Health
  • Graduate School

About CU Physical Therapy

The University of Colorado has established a tradition of excellence in the educational preparation of physical therapists for over 70 years. Our strong ranking is linked to our superb faculty, our location on the state-of-the-art Anschutz Medical Campus​, commitment to the education of our students and a strong network of supportive alumni and clinical faculty throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and the country. Learn more about the physical therapy program.

About Colorado

CU denver to dia skyline

The Colorado Trail Explorer, developed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, includes 17,099 trails and 1,431 trailheads. The mapped trails include 5,683 miles of hiking trails, 6,821 miles of mountain biking trails, 24,906 miles of motorized trails and unpaved roads, and 1,746 miles of paved bike trails. 

Students spend a lot of their free time exploring all that Colorado and the immediate Denver area has to offer. The Anschutz Medical Campus is 25 minutes away from Downtown Denver. 

300 Days of Sunshine

53 Mountains over 14,000 ft

42 State Parks

8 Mountain Ranges

7 National Forests

5 River Systems

Prospective PhD Students

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission into our program should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Foreign students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A baccalaureate degree in either a biological science, chemistry, physics or engineering is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an undergraduate level biochemistry course. 

A professional degree (e.g. DPT, OT, MD) is not required, however, strong applications generally show significant clinical and research experience. There is no absolute requirement for grade point average above that required by the graduate school, but successful applicants will generally have GPAs above 3.2 (4.0 scale). Students with deficiencies may be admitted, but these must be rectified during the first year.

Application Components

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online CU Denver Graduate School application (included in the application is the Research Statement, Professional Background, and Future Goals Statement, and Colorado residency form)
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be consider "official," the transcript must come from the issuing institution directly to the Rehabilitation Science PhD program at:

Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:

If sending a physical transcript, please mail to:

Graduate School
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, W5107
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045

  • A non-refundable application fee, $50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants [credit card (on-line only), check, or money order]. No application will be processed unless this fee is paid
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores and financial support verification for international students. Use Institution Code 4877.
  • A list of one-to-three faculty members with whom the student is interested in working. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential mentors prior to submitting their application.

Those applicants who are selected to interview will be invited to attend one of our Graduate School recruiting weekends to interview with faculty and to meet current students. The RHSC program will arrange and provide lodging, transportation and meals during the recruiting weekends.

Important Dates

Application Opens: September 1

Application Closes: December 1

Priority will be given to applications completed by December 1st. Applications will be considered after December 1st as space permits.

Applicant Interviews: Applicants who are moved to the interview stage will be invited to visit campus February 20 and 21

Applicants notified of admission decisions: February - April

Deadline for final decision: April 15

Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars

Why choose the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for your Postdoctoral Career?

Nationally Recognized for Research

Support for Postdoctoral Fellows

Vibrant Local Bioscience Community

Postdoctoral Positions

Learn more about open postdoctoral positions or inquire about new or upcoming positions by submitting our postdoc inquiry form.

Postdoctoral Support

Learn more about the Postdoc Association a CU Anschutz Chapter of the National Postdoctoral Association.

Rehabilitation Science PhD Program

CU Anschutz

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13121 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

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