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How to Apply

The Interprofessional Healthcare Studies DSc and PhD programs accept applications for admission every other year. The application to the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies programs is open for candidates looking to start in August 2020.

  1. Review the Application Requirements
    • Access our application through RFUCAS and review the application instructions.
    • For general and technical assistance on how to submit your application, please contact RFUCAS at or 617-612-2070 ext. 5004.
  2. Submit an Application & Fee
    • Submit your application and provide all required materials through RFUCAS by the deadline (July 13, 2020) to be considered for Fall 2020 admission.
    • All applicants are required to submit a $75, non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit Official Transcripts
    • Applicants are required to submit transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. 
    • Only official transcripts will be accepted.
    • If you have studied outside the U.S., you will need to have your transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency using services like or
  4. Submit Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters of recommendation are required from those who are familiar with your abilities and can speak to your potential to succeed in a doctoral program. 
    • Letters must be submitted through RFUCAS.
    • Students who have completed a master's degree at RFU must present a letter of support from the Department Chair of their master's program.
  5. Submit Test Scores
    • Send the scores through ETS to Institution Code: 1117.
    • Official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any applicant who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency.
    • The admissions committee will consider waiving this requirement if:
      • You have been a full-time student in a United States college or university for at least two consecutive years, or
      • You are from a country in which English is the primary language.
  6. Submit a Personal Statement
    • You are required to submit a statement indicating why you wish to enroll in the program.
  7. Submit a Writing Sample
    • You are required to submit a self-selected example that you consider to be your best written work demonstrating your ability to think and write critically.
    • The applicant must be the sole author of any writing sample submitted.
  8. Technical Standards

For any questions relating to how to apply, contact us.