Options for the dual Doctorate of Physical Therapy and the PhD in Movement Science
The collaborative, intellectually-stimulating environment at Washington University affords the opportunity for a select group of students to pursue two degrees that are supported by the science of movement. One degree, the Doctorate of Physical Therapy or DPT, prepares students to be effective and compassionate physical therapists. The second degree, the PhD in Movement Science, prepares students to be part of the next generation of scientists improving human health through movement.
We recognize that commitment to a dual degree is a big deal and that potential students have many questions. We strongly encourage you to reach out to our team to discuss your interests and goals, and how our programs may be a good fit for you. We offer the following options:
Apply to our DPT program first. Upon admittance, we will work with you to connect with a laboratory of interest, allowing you to get started in research during the DPT degree. Students are encouraged to submit an application to the PhD program any time after completing the first year of the DPT Program, with formal matriculation into the PhD after completing the DPT. The final year of the DPT Program allows some elective opportunities to push further with research. The estimated time to completion for both degrees is approximately 7 years. Learn more by contacting our team.
Apply to our PhD program first. Upon admittance, we will help you learn more about the clinical application of movement science to physical therapy and facilitate connections to observe and learn about clinical care. Students are encouraged to submit an application to the DPT program any time after completing the first year of the PhD program, with formal matriculation into the DPT after completing the PhD. Knowledge of the foundational sciences gained during the PhD will facilitate the student experience in the clinical degree and help you, as a developing scientist, generate more impactful scientific questions going forward. The estimated time to completion for both degrees is approximately 7 years. Learn more by contacting our team.