Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

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Program Description

This innovative PhD program in rehabilitation sciences unites traditional rehabilitation health professions in physical and occupational therapy with art, drama, and music therapies; applied psychology; communicative sciences and disorders; and nutrition. The program prepares scientist-practitioners from these and related disciplines to develop theory and practice that enhances human performance and quality of life for people with disabilities or individuals who may benefit from social, physical, or cognitive adaptations.

The PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences is designed to prepare students, with and without professional degrees, for outstanding and fulfilling academic careers in research and teaching.

Collaborative mentorship is a core component of the program. Students are expected to commit to involvement in ongoing research in collaboration with primary and secondary faculty mentors, who will also help students plan their coursework, identify sites and resources throughout the city for their research, and focus their specialization toward a dissertation topic.

Program Features

The Program in Rehabilitation Sciences uses a biopsychosocial paradigm to prepare students to become a scientist–practitioner who studies physical, cognitive, and psychological conditions across the developmental continuum in diverse contexts, both nationally and globally, and promotes those studies for better human development and functioning.

The curriculum is designed around a rigorous scientific training model that includes advanced courses in quantitative and qualitative research design.

The core research methodology component offers cutting-edge applied statistical courses and workshops in methods and measurement with options for advanced modeling and statistical analysis relevant to a student’s research interests and goals.

The program consists of 48 units beyond the master’s degree, a publishable paper, and a dissertation. With our full-tuition scholarship and stipend assistance, a student can complete this degree program in four years or less of full-time study.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.