PhD Program Director:

Gael Orsmond, PhD617-353-2703

Applicants must have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a related field at an accredited college or university to enter the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. Students who have completed a master’s degree in a related field also may enter the program. While professional experience is not an explicit requirement, applicants with relevant experience may be given priority for admission.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online using the BU Online Application for Graduate Admissions, and are required to submit:

  • their test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, which must have been taken within the previous five years.
  • official academic transcripts.
  • three letters of reference.
  • an essay. In the essay, applicants must describe their professional interests as well as short-term and long-term career goals, identify a potential mentor from among the faculty participating in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program, and explain the reason for the selection of that mentor.

Admission into the program considers the compatibility of the applicant’s interests and goals with the interests and research activities of the faculty who would be the applicant’s mentor. Applicants should review the active faculty research activity list, and contact the PhD Program Director Gael Orsmond ( for more information.

International Applicants

  • International students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.
  • If a student’s prior degree was not from a college or university in the United States, the student’s academic transcript from a foreign college or university should be verified by institutions with appropriate credentials (e.g., World Education Services).
  • Additional information for international applicants is available on the website for the Boston University International Students & Scholars Office.

Application Deadline

The review of applications begins on January 15.  Applicants desiring consideration for financial aid are encouraged to apply by January 15 using the BU Online Application for Graduate Admissions.

This program is designed for students to begin study in the fall semester. Applicants who wish to begin their program of study in January will be considered on an individual basis.

PhD questions

For questions about the Boston University PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program or the application process, please contact PhD Program Director Gael Orsmond at (email preferred) or 617-353-2703.