Ph.D. in Health Sciences
When applying to the Health Sciences Ph.D. program, prospective students should indicate which of the graduate specialization groups listed below represents their primary area of interest. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty to learn more about graduate research opportunities
Applicants must have a post-baccalaureate degree in Communicative Disorders, Human Development and Family Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Physical Therapy or other appropriate discipline. Applicants must submit a personal statement and identify a faculty member whom they would like to work with (students should correspond with this person prior to applying), describe their research interests, experience and goals. Up to 30 credits from a previously-earned master’s degree or clinical doctoral degree may be applied toward the PhD if the prior degree is in Communicative Disorders, Human Development and Family Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition, or Physical Therapy. A minimum of 42 credits must be taken at the University of Rhode Island. Transfer credits for students with degrees in other related disciplines will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with course deficiencies will be expected to take additional coursework to ensure expertise. It is expected that the applicant will contact prospective research mentors to discuss the potential for graduate study.
A competitive applicant will have the following
- A master’s or DPT degree in one of the specializations listed above or a closely related field from an accredited institution
- A personal statement not to exceed 1000 words describing:
- Their interest in health sciences; particularly their area of specialization
- What relevant research/work experience they have
- Why they chose to apply to the PhD program at URI
- Which faculty member(s) they wish to work (evidence that they have already contacted the major professor with whom they would like to work)
- Letters of recommendation from references familiar with their potential for success in graduate study (two required) but can submit up to four letters.
*NOTE: Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is July 15 for admission to the Fall semester. However, to be considered for teaching assistantships and fellowships, all materials must be received by Feb 1. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is November 15 for admission to the Spring semester.