Students may enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program in one of three ways.

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Freshmen/High School Graduates

Follow the Exercise Science BS – Pre-Physical Therapy concentration curriculum and apply to the DPT program during the third year of study to earn the 3 + 3 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT degree. UB students may also complete all 4 years of Exercise Science to earn their Exercise Science BS before applying to the DPT program (4 + 3 option).

Your first step is to apply to UB as an undergraduate.

Submit an online application for fall semester admission. Applying to UB online is fast, easy and secure. Choose the Common Application or the State University of New York (SUNY) application.

In your freshman, sophomore and junior years, you will complete the Exercise Science curriculum. After three years of coursework, you will be eligible to apply for the graduate professional portion of the DPT program and earn the 3+3 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT degree.

Honor’s College

Undergraduate Exercise Science majors who are members of the University Honors College are guaranteed acceptance to the Doctorate Physical Therapy program as long as they maintain eligibility to be in good standing with the Honors College and meet the necessary admissions requirements for the DPT program, including minimum GRE scores and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students in the Honors College must apply to the DPT program and submit their completed application via PTCAS by the stated deadline.

Questions about the program?

Contact undergraduate advisement at or (716) 829-5000.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate transfer students may enter the Exercise Science program, complete the Exercise Science curriculum, and then apply to the DPT program.

Students who have completed some coursework at other colleges or universities should transfer into the Exercise Science program until all prerequisite courses for the DPT program have been met.

Your first step is to submit your application.

Questions about the Program?

Contact The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) for undergraduate advisement at: (716) 829-5000 or

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Students who have an earned bachelor’s degree or higher which includes equivalent prerequisite coursework may apply directly to the DPT program.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university and you wish to apply directly to the DPT program, contact MaryAnn Venezia, Graduate Professional Program Coordinator, at for course evaluation and additional information.

Students apply online to the DPT Program through PTCAS by the stated deadline.

Applications and Deadlines

Applications are for fall semester admission only; there are no spring semester admissions.

Apply by November 1 through the PTCAS application and pay the $50 UB application fee in addition to the PTCAS fee.

Applications and all required documents, including your GRE scores, must be submitted, linked and verified by PTCAS by October 1. Please be aware that verification of applications can take up to 4 weeks.


Students are evaluated based on all materials submitted, and will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or above in prerequisite courses.
  • GRE scores of 295 (inclusive of verbal and quantitative). The analytical writing portion is not included in the total score but is required.
  • Volunteer Observation Hours. 40 hours of volunteer experience under a licensed physical therapist. Documentation of volunteer experience is part of the PTCAS application.
We are aware that there may be students who are unable to complete the volunteer hours in preparation for the PT application due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will be reassessing the situation as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in order to develop a volunteer policy that is both meaningful for applicants and realistic for completion in time for the upcoming application cycle.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Contact information for 2 references
    • One reference must be from one Physical Therapist.
    • An additional reference can be from any one of the following: Another Physical Therapist, a Professor in Major, Professor, a PTA, Pre-PT Advisor, Health Care Professional or Clergy.
    • The following references are NOT accepted: References from a teaching assistant, friend, family member, co-worker or anyone that is not on the approved list provided above.

The following additional information can be found at


Contact Mary Ann Venezia, Program Coordinator at

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