How To Apply

The Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) program offers rolling admissions. Each application is considered as it is received, and decisions are typically made within four-to-six weeks of receiving all required admission materials. Review the admissions standards before submitting your applications.

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.

Complete the DPT Application

Our application cycle for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed. Our next application cycle will begin July 1, 2019.

  • Submit the DPT Program Application after July 1. Completed applications are accepted through March 31. 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.
  • 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 DPT application process:

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for degrees and prerequisite coursework in progress. 
  • Submit official GRE scores. University GRE code is 6874 and the program (department) code is 0619.
    • 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.

Additional details on DPT application:

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 Division of Physical Therapy 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 the link above.

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 four-to-six weeks after all application materials are received by the DPT program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I repeat a course? How will my grades for prerequisite courses be considered? 
When a prerequisite course has been repeated, the better of the two earned grades will be used to compute the prerequisite GPA. The lower grade will not be listed.

How many uncompleted prerequisite courses may I have left to complete and still have my application considered? 
Two. Three or more will delay consideration until at least one is complete.

My college/university grades on a A/B basis. How does that translate?
A/B = A-
B/C = B-

May I take Physiology and Anatomy I and II instead of separate courses to fulfill the pre-requisite courses? 

May I take pre-requisite courses at a community college? 

Do I need to take the TOEFL? 
Only if you are a non-resident, which is defined by University policy.

I am a physical therapist in a different country and I need to take some courses to be licensed here. Can I take your classes? 
Please contact the Associate Director of the Division of Physical Therapy, Becky Olson-Kellogg, at 612-624-2591.

Do the required 100 hours of PT shadowing/working/volunteering hours need to be spent shadowing a physical therapist?
Only hours spent observing a physical therapist can be used to fulfill the DPT program's 100 hour requirement.

Do hours observing with a PT in a research lab setting count towards my required PT observation hours?
No. The observation hours are intended to be in a PT clinical environment in order to gain clinical experience and observation interactions with real patients. The 100 required observation hours need to be in a 'clinical' setting. Hours spent in a research lab should be categorized under “other health care work and volunteer hours” on the PT application.

Should I document observation hours that haven't been completed yet? 
Only hours that have been completed observing a physical therapist should be documented on your application before you submit.

Do you have a question that is not answered above? Please contact Admissions at