Research in Physical Therapy (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD program in Research in Physical Therapy emphasizes the formulation of theory-based studies of human motion in healthy and physically challenged persons that make a contribution to the body of pathokinesiological literature are fundamental to the physical therapy doctoral program. The PhD program focuses on the study of kinesiology, the measurement of human motion, and issues in motor control, research design and methodology. The curriculum integrates rigorous course work with mentored research experiences and unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Each student develops a tailored program of study and annual benchmarks in close collaboration with the program director and dissertation chair. Students critically review scientific literature, formulate questions, and devise experiments to test those hypotheses and participate in pathokinesiology practicum in research settings under the supervision of experienced researchers in metropolitan New York and New Jersey human performance laboratories.


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.