Program Profile

Marquette University

This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.


Andrew J Starsky BSEE, MPT, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Marquette University
College of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 349
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881


PTCAS application deadline11/01/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Interviews may be required and conducted on Marquette University's campus, at the applicant's expense, during the last two weeks of January, 2018.



Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$20.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsApplicants should send a $20 supplemental fee to:

Department of Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 346B
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Deadline for supplemental materials 


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Varies
Marquette University is a freshman-entry (i.e. Early Assurance) DPT program. Available positions into the DPT 4th-year class may be filled by internal and/or external qualified (i.e. each of the published requirements have been met or exceeded) transfer student applicants.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IIntroYesNot Req.SH: 5A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Biology IGeneral or CollegeYesNot Req.SH: 3Biology: General I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Medical TerminologyIntroYesN/ASH: 1Medical Terminology
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Physics I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Physics II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeYesNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Developmental
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted  
StatisticsIntroYesNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Statistics
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0558
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle11/1/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/1/2014
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score150  158  
Verbal reasoning % score45%  78%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score150  157  
Quantitative reasoning % score40%  68%  
Analytical writing scaled score4.0  4.5  
Analytical writing % score56%  80%  


Number of references required by program0


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED0
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED120
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementIt is highly recommended that observation hours as an employee and/or in a volunteer capacity be varied according to clinical practice environment (e.g. acute inpatient setting; post acute rehab; outpatient private practice; skilled nursing facility; school setting; etc.), age and diagnoses of patient populations served, and be culturally diverse.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20 3.80 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.89 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsOur Admissions Committee for the DPT Program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated. Courses taken at a Community College or University Extension are not accepted.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 250.00
Additional Information about DepositDeposits are non-refundable and are to be paid by check made payable to Marquette University and mailed to: Department of Physical Therapy, Schroeder Health Complex, Room 346A, P.O. Box 1881, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/28/2018
Institution's religious affiliationRoman Catholic-Jesuit
Size of most recent entering class65
Anticipated size of next entering class65
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted20%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted80%
Additional information about the class profileOur Admissions Committee fills the majority, but not all, of available positions into the professional phase of our DPT Program with applicants who are currently enrolled within Marquette University and/or have taken at least 11 of the 23 pre-requisite course credits at Marquette. These internal transfer candidates would apply for consideration using the Marquette University application found on our website at: whereas external candidates apply through PTCAS.

Over the past 12 years, we have averaged approximately 14 available positions to fill with transfer candidates into the DPT professional phase in a given year. During this same time frame, our transfer candidate applicant pool has ranged between 76 to 185 students.

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Marquette is a Catholic and Jesuit University rooted in the heart of metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Our mission is dedicated to excellence, faith, leadership and service to others including individuals of diverse and underserved populations locally and globally.

The entry-level Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Marquette University primarily admits freshmen (i.e. Early Assurance). Marquette does accept a number of transfer students from within and outside of Marquette University to fill a limited number of available positions into the DPT professional phase. Our DPT Program is housed within the College of Health Sciences with a curriculum designed to develop the student as a generalist practitioner for ethical and effective clinical practice for patients across the age continuum. We aspire to develop students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners who contribute to and apply evidence for the restoration of function and the prevention of disease. Ranked 12th in the country by US News and World Report, 2012, the 3 year and 2 summer professional phase of the curriculum includes 30 weeks of internship from among over 530 approved clinic sites nationwide. The curriculum includes dissection of the human cadaver and opportunities for elective coursework concentrations in specialty areas of clinical practice.

Other features of our physical therapy education program include: Students who represent a wide variety of undergraduate degrees obtained with a demonstrated track record of leadership. They have been the driving force behind a Foundation for Physical Therapy premier event called the Marquette Challenge which has raised over 2.5 million dollars to support research endeavors; a distinguished faculty made up of national teaching excellence, research, and service award winners, APTA Fellows, Fulbright scholars, Board certified Specialists, master clinicians, textbook authors, and the JOSPT editor-in-chief; a commitment to cultural diversity with state and federal grants to support minority and disadvantaged students; The Marquette University Physical Therapy Neurological PT Residency Program, accredited by the APTA and co-sponsored by the Zablocki VA Medical Center; PhD and Masters degree programs in Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences (CTRH), partially supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health; The Marquette Sports Rehabilitation Clinic (MSRC) which provides physical therapy, athletic training and sports rehabilitation services to Marquette students, employees and their families; The Marquette ComMUnity Pro Bono PT Clinic for patients who are uninsured or under-insured; an employment record of 100% job placement the past three years within six months of passing licensure examination; A 100% graduation rate in 2014 within the normally expected time frame; and, a 100% ultimate licensure examination pass rate.
Last Updated: 03/02/2017