Program Description

There are three core areas of study in the doctoral degree program: Rehabilitation Science and Religion (38 quarter units), Advanced Courses in Content area (6 quarter units), and Research and Dissertation (36 quarter units) for a total of 80 quarter units beyond the master's degree. The Rehabilitation Science core has three domains: Rehabilitation Science and LLU Values, Leadership, and Education. Students are expected to complete appropriate courses in the basic science areas needed to form a foundation for their research area. The program includes both written and oral comprehensive examinations before admission to candidacy, and a presentation and oral defense of a dissertation resulting in at least two publishable papers.

Application Deadlines: Students may apply to the program ONLY AFTER consulting with the Program Director to determine eligibility.

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Program Length

Varies per student based on completion of required Academics, Research, and Dissertation. Most students complete the coursework for the degree in two years and then spend two to three years working on their research.

Possible Careers

Research, Teaching and Administration

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the Rehabilitation Science PhD program, the applicant must have the following:

  1. A master's degree in an allied health profession area or a discipline related to rehabilitation science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in academic and professional coursework.
  2. Proof of involvement in a complete research project (group or individual) that involved data collection and production of a research paper or research poster.

A formal letter of support from a primary research faculty member at Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions whose research interests and availability match those of the applicant must be filed with the application.


No specific courses are required for this degree. Please reference the Admissions Requirements.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone (510) 748-9001.

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition $20,979 $20,979 $3,108 $3,108
Fees $3,920 $3,920 $3,920 $3,920
Books & Supplies $600 $600
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $25,499 $25,499 $7,028 $7,028


The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 12 12 12 12
Room & Board $21,180 $21,180 $21,180 $21,180
Transportation $4,200 $4,200 $4,200 $4,200
Personal Expenses $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.