Application Deadlines

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis, so there are no set deadlines.


  • Proof of a graduate degree (master’s or clinical doctoral degree) in a field of rehabilitation from an accredited U.S. college or university, or equivalent from a non-U.S. university or college.
  • Licensed clinical work experience
  • Minimum 3.0 graduate GPA

Admission Requirements

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

This program is not open to F-1 or J-1 international students, because the low-residency format doesn’t meet the full-time face-to-face requirement set by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you are an international student who does not require an F-1 or J-1 visa, you may be considered for this program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study

    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

  • Two professional letters of recommendation, completed by individuals who have supervised and/or mentored the applicant. All recommendations should be from persons who can attest to the applicant’s potential for doctoral study and leadership.
  • Curriculum vita (résumé)
  • Statement of intent covering the following (5-7-page paper, double-spaced):
    • Educational goals in pursuing doctoral study
    • Short- and long-term professional or career goals
    • Current professional activities
    • Research interests to be pursued in the program
    • Reasons for choosing APU’s PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Science
  • Academic writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write cogently and use research and professional literature effectively in developing ideas and arguments (e.g., DPT capstone, master’s thesis, a scholarly article submitted to or published in a professional journal, a comprehensive course paper, or a major district report)
  • Other evidence of potential for leadership as the applicant desires
English Requirement

All students graduating from non-English-speaking institutions or from programs not taught in English and applying for graduate admission to Azusa Pacific University—with the exception of APU-approved programs in languages other than English—are required to submit proof of sufficient English proficiency. Additional information can be found in our online academic catalog.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


WSCUC (formerly WASC)
Note: This program is not accredited by CAPTE.

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