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.
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.
To apply to the Rehabilitation Science PhD program, the applicant must have the following:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.
Required Program Costs
Academic Year 2023-2024
|Year of Program
|Tuition & Fees||$22,568||$22,568||$7,028||$7,028|
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
Other Educational Costs
Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.
NotesThe cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
- Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
- Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
- To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.