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Applying to the DPT Program

The Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota offers ROLLING ADMISSIONS.  Each application is considered as it is received, and admission decisions are typically made within four-to-six weeks of receiving all requisite admission materials (completed online application and requisite documents: transcripts, GRE scores, etc.).  Each admission cycle runs from July 1 through March 31.  All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed, however, the class typically fills earlier.  Because of this, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon within the admissions cycle as possible.

Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

The application process requires the submission of two separate online applications: the DPT Program Application and the Graduate School Application.  The applicant's first step is to complete and submit the DPT Program Application.  The DPT Program Application does NOT require a processing fee.  After submitting the online DPT Program Application and all requisite documents, the applicant will receive a decision on admission within four-to-six weeks.  If the applicant is accepted, the second step will be for the applicant to submit the Graduate School Application.  The reason we wait for the applicant to fill-out the Graduate School application until after the applicant has been accepted is because the Graduate School Application requires a $75 processing fee ($95 for international applicants).

Completing the DPT Program Application

  • Submit the DPT Program Application after July 1st.  Completed applications are accepted through March 31st.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early because the incoming class fills quickly.
  • Read all of the application thoroughly before completing.
  • SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!...frequently while completing the application.
  • Please provide complete and grammatically correct narrative statements.  Consider the narratives to be a written personal interview.
  • Review your file for accuracy and completion prior to submission.  Incomplete files will not be considered.
  • Be sure to indicate any previous name that your transcripts, GREs, or other documents may be listed under in the area specified as Previous Name in the online application.

    As part of the application process:
  • Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit official GRE scores (www.gre.org).
    • When selecting score recipients on the day of the test, or sending additional score reports through the GRE website, test takers should type the institution name, University of Minnesota, and the partial name of the department "physical therapy" and the computer will list all department codes that match alphabetically. Our program will receive the paper copy of your scores and the Graduate School will receive an electronic copy of your scores.
  • For international applicants, submit official TOEFL scores (www.toefl.org).
  • The College Board Report does not have to be sent directly from the College Board.  We will accept reports sent by the applicant.  An applicant can send the College Board Report to the Physical Therapy Program Admissions Office.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.  One letter must be from a physical therapist with whom the applicant completed a portion of the work/volunteer requirement.  Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation form (or comments on the form if submitted electronically).  When you access the DPT Program Application, you will find an Application Checklist.  There is a place within the Application Checklist to list references.  References may be submitted electronically, or in hard copy.  The Application Checklist includes instruction for electronic submissions.  You may access a hard copy of the Letter of Recommendation form using this link
  • Complete the Application Checklist as a last step in your online application, filling in the schools, sending your transcripts, and also the information for references.
  • Expect an email within 4-to-6 weeks after all application materials are received by the Program.

Official transcripts, GRE scores, College Board Report, TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Liz Goebel, Admissions Coordinator
Program in Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota
MMC 388
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455 

Click here to access and complete the DPT Program Application.

Completing the Graduate School Application

  • The Graduate School Application is completed online and requires a $75 processing fee ($95 for international applicants).
  • The Graduate School Application does NOT require GRE scores.
  • The Graduate School Application does NOT require letters of recommendation.
  • The Graduate School Application DOES require TOEFL scores for international applicants.  Instructions for submitting TOEFL scores to the Graduate School are included with the online Graduate School application.
  • The Graduate School Application requires unofficial transcripts or academic records to be uploaded in the Educational Background section of the online application.  These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application.  International students should also upload an English translation (along with the original language transcripts) if the transcript is not in English.  Once your application is processed by the Graduate School, they will ask you to submit your official transcript with degree award.  Do not send any official transcripts until the Graduate School requests them.  Click here for important information about uploading your transcripts.

Click here to access and complete the Graduate School Application.

For More Information, Contact

Liz Goebel
Program in Physical Therapy
MMC 388
420 Delaware Street SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone: 612-624-2662

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