Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science

This degree is an interdisciplinary program between the Departments of:

Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Physical Therapy
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science is a collaborative effort among faculty in the areas of Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The purpose of the program will be to prepare rehabilitation and movement science scholars through a rigorous academic program that focuses on the development of teaching and research expertise in the applied science disciplines. This collaborative degree program uniquely addresses the multi-faceted nature of our current health care delivery system and prepares applied scientists to approach health and rehabilitation initiatives from an integrative rather than competitive perspective. The program encourages applications from individuals in rehabilitation and movement science fields such as physical therapy, exercise physiology, sports medicine, and physical medicine.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Submit Official Graduate Transcripts
  • Provide a Personal Statement
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae
  • Provide 3 Letters of Reference
  • Submit GRE Test Scores

General University Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • Satisfactory GPA. The university minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for at least the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam (for international students only). The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based). Scores must be current (within two years).

Suggested Application Deadline Dates

  • Applications received prior to January 9 will be given priority consideration (Fall admission)

Applications are considered until all positions are filled.

See the VCU Bulletin for the most complete description of course requirements:

Program of study: Rehabilitation and Movement Science – Concentration in Exercise Physiology

Program of study: Rehabilitation and Movement Science – Concentration in Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamics


Graduate Program Co-Directors:

Dr. Ronald Evans (Exercise Physiology Track)

Dr. Sheryl Finucane (Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamic Track)