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Physical Therapy Doctorate (DPT)

Admission Criteria

Summer deadline: January 17

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Prerequisites for the Doctoral Degree

Note: The DPT program accepts students to begin the professional program only for summer terms, which begin in June.

Admission to the DPT program is available through regular admission (applicants will have a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the professional program) or through an early admission option that allows students to enter the professional program with 90 credit hours.

All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the core required courses and as a cumulative GPA in the last 60 credit hours. 

On-campus interviews are required for admission to the professional program.

Students who enter without a bachelor’s degree must have satisfied the MU general education and graduation requirements and taken two Writing Intensive courses at MU.  These applicants must possess a 3.5 GPA.

Applicants are notified of the selection committee’s decision by March.

All students are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Health Professions Student Affairs Office for advisement and planning well in advance of application.

Admission to the program is selective.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Physical Therapy Program

  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • 2 letters of recommendation as specified by the application guidelines
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume) as specified by the application guidelines
  • Un-official transcripts (year of application, fall grades must be recorded on transcript)
  • GRE score report
  • Departmental application fee

Admission Contact Information

Beverly Denbigh
801-4250 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211 
573-884-8369 (fax)
Program website