2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Master of Science in Physical Therapy
Kristine A. Thompson
3077 Human Health Building
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) degree program is designed to provide foreign-educated physical therapists with in-depth knowledge of the profession as practiced in the United States. The focus is on current, evidence-based, professional practice. All students must complete a set of core courses, research courses and electives. Student will be able to, with adviser-approval, design a set of elective courses. For students who wish to participate in clinical and/or residency program courses, proof of a current physical therapy license in the U.S., Canada or country in which the student practices is required.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Applicants are admitted Fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- July 15 for fall semester
Readmission and program transfer
Requests for readmission and program transfers must be completed and approved prior to the beginning of a semester.
International application deadlines
International applications are reviewed for fall and winter admission only. To ensure adequate time for review, international applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment in the University. All international application materials must be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and by September 1 for winter admission. International applicants are not eligible for Special Graduate classification.
Special Graduate classification
Applicants who are seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate, but are unable to meet the deadline for filing all required application materials or credentials for graduate admission, may contact the department and request Special Graduate temporary admission. The applicant must submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Study, plus a copy of a transcript providing evidence of a bachelor’s degree awarded and any specific evidence concerning their qualifications for graduate study as required by the department. Up to 12 credits may be earned in the Special Graduate classification. Admission as a special graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree or graduate certificate program.
Students may request special graduate classification beginning with the dates below.
- August 1 for fall semester
- December 1 for winter semester
- April 1 for summer semester
Note: Special Graduate classification will not be granted after the first week of classes in a semester.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following University and Program application documents by the published application deadlines:
University graduate application requirements
Program application requirements
- Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or an entry-level master’s degree in physical therapy from a regionally-accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign educated applicants.
- Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Professional vitae or resume
- Personal statement describing career experiences and professional goals. It is strongly recommended applicants have two years of clinical experience.
- Applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and arrange for their official GRE scores to be submitted to Oakland University. The institution code for Oakland University is 1497.
- For students who wish to participate in clinical and/or residency program courses, proof of a current physical therapy license in the U.S., Canada or country in which the student practices is required.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 with the appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation may be considered for admission with limited standing. Applicants who qualify for this admission status must complete a minimum of 8 credits of graduate-level work with a GPA of 3.0 or above within the first year of their program, to be advanced to full admission.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.