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Admission Requirements
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Applicants must have completed a Master of Science degree or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, provide official transcripts from each college or university attended and hold appropriate certification/licensure in their individual health science profession by a major U.S. certification/licensing agency, as applicable. Courses taken outside the United States may be considered for transfer with the approval of the section director but all such courses must be evaluated by the Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) and be judged equivalent by U.S. standards.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Possess a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In order to be considered competitive, the combined verbal and quantitative section score should be 1,000 or above.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses where required with a grade of 3.0 or better. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the time the student begins the program.
  • Documentation of specialty certification and licensure
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are knowledgeable about the quality of the applicant's scholarly activities and/or work experiences
  • Acceptable health care experience in the professional area of study is required for admission. Prior research experience, especially in a medical environment, will also be considered and has the benefit of increasing the candidate's understanding of the biomedical research process. Specific admission requirements may be waived by the Graduate College Council. These will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Many of the program courses are taught in an online-only format. United States Homeland Security regulations limit the number of course hours taken online by international students resulting in an extension of the program completion time.
Note: Enrollment is limited. Specialty tracks do not accept students every year. Qualification does not ensure admission.
Applicants should contact the PhD division director to ascertain if students are being accepted into the specialty track they wish to enroll in:

Douglas Kuperman, PhD
Division Director
Phone: (312) 942-8271

Courses are also available online. Please note that distance students may be required to travel to campus for their dissertation defense.

Admissions Applications

Application for the Rush University PhD in health sciences program must be completed online. For an application go to: Application for Rush University.

Log In to your own account or create a new one. Near the top of the next page click on "Apply Online". You will see a page called "Applications Listing". Choose "Start a General Application."

Fill in the entire application and on the bottom of each page, click "Save and Continue". When you get to the page entitled "Attendance Dates & Course Load" choose your "Intended Entry Quarter and Year". Then choose "PhD in Health Sciences" in the box entitled "Program to which you are applying". Save and continue with the application. Be sure to fill in all the pages of the application and click "Submit Application" on the last page.

Transfer of Credit:

The PhD program in health sciences will consist of four major core areas:

  • Education (12 QH)
  • Research & Statistics (21 QH)
  • Leadership (10 QH)
  • Professional Track (16 QH)

In addition students will be able to take 19 quarter hours of elective and independent study courses. A formal research project culminating in a dissertation constitutes 12 quarter hours of credit. Students holding a master's degree will be able to transfer 30-45 quarter hours into the PhD program.

Additional graduate course work may be accepted subject to the approval of the major advisor and the section director for graduate level courses taken at other institutions if they are judged to meet divisional requirements. Grades from courses transferred from another institution are not recorded on the student's academic record; the number of credits is recorded and added to the cumulative number of credits.

The minimum number of quarter hours required for the PhD degree in health sciences is 120 quarter hours. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be taken at Rush to fulfill residency requirements. Students entering the program at the bachelor's level will be required to complete one of the currently offered Master of Science degree programs in their area of specialty or complete 30-45 QH of acceptable graduate credit.


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