Submit an online application early in the fall of your senior year of high school 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. A $50 non-refundable fee is required with each option.

In your freshman and sophomore years, you’ll complete the lower division prerequisite courses of the exercise science program. You’ll then apply to the upper division in January of your sophomore year. After you have completed one year of coursework, you’ll be eligible to apply for the graduate professional portion of the DPT program.

If you have completed some coursework at other colleges or universities, you will need to transfer into the exercise science program until all prerequisite courses for the DPT program are met.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university which includes equivalent coursework and you wish to apply directly to the DPT program, contact MaryAnn Venezia, program coordinator, at for course evaluation and additional information.

Apply to the Graduate Professional Portion of the Program

Apply online to the DPT program. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.


Apply by Nov. 1 to be considered for the class that enters the following August; admission decisions will be mailed by March 1.


  • Completion of the two years of lower division prerequisite courses and one year of the upper division professional sequence in UB’s exercise science program, or approved equivalent prerequisites from another institution
  • Completion of forty (40) hours of volunteer experience in a physical therapy setting (for applicants in 2014, only twenty (20) hours are required). The Volunteer Experience form is available on the UB website.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C or better in all prerequisite coursework
  • Minimum GRE score of 295
  • Completion of UB’s general education requirements

Please review the Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation if you will require reasonable accommodation to complete certain tasks during your time at UB.

Supplemental Materials

Before you submit your online application, which includes an essay, ensure that you have all of the supplemental materials ready.

  • Please secure the names and email addresses of the individuals asked to provide recommendations. The program will directly contact these individuals for their evaluation of your potential to successfully complete the program. Hardcopies of reference letters are no longer required.
  • Request that official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to the department.

If you transferred into UB’s exercise science program and were given credit for courses taken elsewhere which appear on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) form, you do not need to send additional transcripts.

  • Request that your GRE scores, taken within three years of the date of application, are sent to the department.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 0619

Questions about the application process?

Contact MaryAnn Venezia, program coordinator, at

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