Students may enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program in one of three ways.

Rehabilitation Science class focused on adaptive sports basketball held in Alumni Arena.

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Applications and Deadlines

Applications to the graduate DPT program are for fall semester admission only; there are no spring semester admissions.

Apply by  Nov. 1  through the  PTCAS application,  and pay the $50 UB application fee  in addition to the PTCAS fee.

We strongly encourage that your PTCAS application and all other required documents, including your GRE scores and references,  be submitted, linked , and verified by PTCAS  by  Oct. 1. Please be aware that verification of applications can take up to four weeks.

Applications will not be reviewed unless they are in “verified” status.

You will be provided with an admissions decision in mid to late February.


Students are evaluated based on all materials submitted and will be considered in the context of all their accomplishments.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or above in prerequisite courses.
  • GRE scores of 295 (inclusive of verbal and quantitative). The analytical writing portion is not included in the total score but is required.
  • Volunteer Observation Hours--40 hours of volunteer experience under a licensed physical therapist. Documentation of volunteer experience is part of the PTCAS application.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Contact information for two references
    • One reference must be from a physical therapist.
    • An additional reference can be from any one of the following: another physical therapist, a professor in your major, professor, a PTA, pre-PT advisor, health care professional or clergy.
    • The following references are NOT accepted: References from a teaching assistant, friend, family member, co-worker or anyone not on the approved list provided above.

The following additional information can be found at

Questions about the PTCAS application and applying to the DPT program?

Please email Jaclyn Levesque, admissions and enrollment coordinator, at

Admissions questions?

Contact Mary Ann Venezia, program coordinator, at

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