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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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: graduate.school@cuanschutz.edu

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 from February 15-18

Applicants notified of admission decisions: February - April

Deadline for final decision: April 15