How to Apply

Admission will be granted on a competitive basis; meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for the program but does not guarantee admission.

Application to CSU DPT Programs

Applying to a CSU DPT Program is a TWO-PART process.

Part One: Apply to the CSU online through Cal State Apply:

  1. Go to Cal State Apply.
  2. Proceed to the Graduate Application Page.
  3. Follow the instructions for submitting your application online.

Part Two: Apply to the DPT Program on the campus where you wish to enroll. Currently, most programs use the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), an online tool for applying to multiple PT programs. PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The PTCAS application process requires submitting several documents, including at least the following:

  1. A personal statement
  2. Two or three letters of recommendation
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary programs attended
  4. GRE scores
  5. A minimum of 100 volunteer hours or paid hours in a clinical setting

In addition, some schools may require a separate application for the DPT department. Admission requirements may vary by campus. It is essential that you follow the specific requirements for the campus you are interested in.​​


See ​​ CSU Tuition for current student fee rates.


The following links may be useful to learn more about the physical therapy profession and physical therapist professional education.