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Admission Information

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact individual PhD and research faculty members whose professional areas of interest align most closely with their own. All applicants must obtain and submit consent from the suitable major advisor agreeing to mentor the student if they accepted into and start the program during the application cycle.


Application Information

We offer a rolling admissions cycle (as is often the case with PhD programs), which means that applications can be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed periodicallyOur priority consideration date for the fall cohort is February 15th, however applications submitted through April 15th will still be reviewed and given consideration for the fall cohort.


Applicants seeking admission consideration for the Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences program at ISU must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the ISU Graduate School.

All applicants are reviewed on a competitive case-by-case basis. Qualified applicants may be invited for an interview with members of the CRCS Ph.D. studies committee. Meeting entry-level requirements for admission does not guarantee a seat in the program. Additionally, acceptance into the PhD program does not guarantee financial aid. Prospective students who are interested in financial support should indicate this on their application. Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid will be put into a merit-based competition for available teaching assistantships, doctoral traineeships, and positions on research grants. These positions typically require 20 hours per week of research, teaching, or clinical service in exchange for a monthly stipend. For students with qualifying stipends, a scholarship typically covers at least partial tuition, fees, and individual medical insurance.

Preferential consideration will be given to those applicants already holding graduate degrees / clinical certification and demonstrated academic potential in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or other related fields. Others may apply and will be considered for admission based on merit and potential for success.

Program Admission

  • Submit official academic transcripts from institutions of higher education where any credits were obtained that contributed to bachelor’s degrees and from all graduate-level coursework.
    • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or greater over the last 60+/- semester credits (90± quarter credits) is required.
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
    • 40th percentile or greater on either the verbal or quantitative sections of the GRE with no less than the 20th percentile on either the verbal or quantitative is required.
  • Three Letters of Recent Professional Reference
    • Referees must complete the summative evaluation and upload their letters of reference via the link generated from the application portal by February 15th of the calendar year in which the applicant wishes to start the Fall cohort.
  • Submit an example of scholarly writing (e.g., thesis, publication, term-paper, etc)
  • Submit a brief (1000 word maximum) letter of intent describing your professional area(s) of interest and experiences that lead you to pursue your PhD degree at Idaho State University and how this would help you attain your professional goals.
  • Submit written consent obtained from a suitable CRCS major advisor agreeing to mentor the applicant once they are accepted to the program. 
  • Submit a current resume / CV

*International students whose native language is not English must meet ISU and program English proficiency requirements.

*Some exceptions may be made to program admission requirements pending approval of the CRCS Ph.D. studies committee and Ph.D. program co-coordinators.