Application Procedures

Deadline PTCAS Application Due

UD Supplemental Graduate Application Due

Validated* PTCAS Applications
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Interview Date
Round 1 August 16 August 30 Early September September
Round 2 September 13 September 27 Early October October
Round 3
October 11 October 25 Early November November
Round 4: Final Deadline (as seats remain) December 13 December 31 Mid-January Late January/ Early February

*Please Note:

  • PTCAS opens to applicants on June 15, 2021.
  • UDPT follows a rolling admissions process and early application is highly recommended. Candidates seeking consideration for admission to UDPT are advised to apply by no later than the October 11 deadline, preferably earlier. Waiting to apply by the December deadline is NOT advised.
  • We cannot review any applicant who has not fully completed the PTCAS application or any application PTCAS has not verified (which can take 4-6 weeks).

These are longer interview days wherein the bulk of admission offers will follow. After interview Rounds One and Two, available seats may be limited.

Decisions about applicants will be made on a rolling basis with final decisions on all applicants anticipated by early-March. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure space availability in the incoming class. Offers will be extended to qualified applicants beginning with the August 16 deadline and continuing until fully enrolled. Anticipated interview dates may be cancelled should incoming class be at full capacity.

  • PTCAS application (opens on June 15, 2021)
    • Complete and submit by the preferred deadline above
    • To be considered complete, PTCAS must receive the following information by the desired deadline:
      • All academic transcripts
      • Foreign evaluation reports (for international applicants)
      • All letters of recommendation — two from licensed physical therapists that applicant has observed in patient care and one from a professor of an upper-level course. Applicants are highly encouraged to obtain at least one recommendation from a physical therapist, if possible. 
      • A minimum of 50 volunteer (observation) hours are required by the time of enrollment. It is preferred that applicants have at least 25 hours completed at the time of application.

* Given the Coronavirus pandemic, UDPT will waive volunteer (observation) hours for the 2021-2022 application cycle should applicants be unable to obtain the above minimums. In such cases, applicants are highly encouraged to thoroughly investigate the physical therapy profession so as to affirm their commitment to this career option

  • The PTCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. The UDPT Admissions Committee cannot review applications that have not been validated by PTCAS.
  • GRE/TOEFL Scores
    • After taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), have scores sent directly to the University of Delaware (School Code 5811) by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • At least one set of GRE scores must be reported to the University of Delaware (UD) by the respective application deadline.
    • Additionally, international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores to UD by the respective application deadline.
  • Supplemental application (Mandatory)
    • It is no longer necessary for applicants to manually create a supplemental application for UD, as most of the information you enter into your PTCAS application will be imported into UD’s graduate application system.
    • Once you complete and submit the PTCAS application to the University of Delaware Physical Therapy (UDPT) and your applicant data is imported into the graduate application system, you will receive an email from the UD Graduate College with further instructions.
    • Please DO NOT create a supplemental account or application until you receive the email from our Graduate College with the instructions.
    • UDPT cannot make decisions for applicants who do not complete the supplemental graduate application and pay the supplemental application fee. Please create the supplemental account and complete the supplemental application within one week of receiving the instructions from the UD Graduate College. Thank you!
  • In addition to the application steps noted above international applicants will need to fulfill the following requirements:
  • The University of Delaware DPT Program requires all international educational documents to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), arranged for by the applicant, prior to submission of the PTCAS application. Please do not send international transcripts or foreign transcript evaluations directly to the University of Delaware Physical Therapy (UDPT). Foreign transcript evaluations are to be sent directly to PTCAS by the appropriate application deadline. More information about submitting these evaluations is posted on the PTCAS website.
  • All foreign national applicants for graduate study at the University of Delaware are expected to have or gain English proficiency prior to enrolling in graduate coursework. UDPT requires TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Following are UDPT’s preferred minimum TOEFL scores on each section of the exam:
    • Total: 100 IBT or 600 paper-based
    • Reading: 26
    • Writing: 24
    • Listening: 22
    • Speaking: 26
  • For complete instructions, please visit the Graduate College admissions website and follow the instructions for international students.
  • If you have any questions please send an e-mail to us at pt-admissions@udel.edu or to the Admissions Office in the Graduate College at gradadmissions@udel.edu.

The following data represents average scores of the most recently admitted DPT class (As of 4/01/2020):

  • Average cumulative undergraduate GPA: 3.78
  • Average science prerequisite GPA: 3.68
  • Average GRE scores: 68th percentile (Verbal); 63rd percentile (Math)