UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science Admission Requirements

The Master of Rehabilitation Science at the University of British Columbia is a graduate program that can be completed part-time while you continue to work as a health professional, or full-time if desired. It is designed only for learners with an undergraduate degree in a health discipline that prepares them to enter and practice in that discipline, and who have a minimum of three (3) years of rehabilitation practice experience.

Our online learning environment is interprofessional and includes learners from a variety of disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic practice, kinesiology, dietetics, massage therapy, and orthotics and prosthetics. We also welcome graduates who are qualified to practice in other health professions.

Our aim is to provide working health professionals with advanced skills and knowledge in areas that are required to advance their careers and deliver quality health services. Our graduates are recognized as valuable resources, capable of creating a hub of excellence in their workplace. By studying with a variety of experienced health professionals, their acquired network of experts hastens the exchange of knowledge and development of advanced practice skills to improve outcomes that matter most - improving people's quality of life.

Why this program? 

If you are interested in finding out more about the program and its benefits, please visit the Prospective Learners Section of our website.

The Rehabilitation Science Online Programs recommends applicants based on the following criteria but final decisions are subject to formal approval by the  Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.




Learners must meet the following MRSc admission requirements:

  • Degree: Completion of a recognized four-year baccalaureate degree in a health profession from an accredited academic institution, or a UBC-recognized equivalent that qualifies you to provide health services to patients or clients in a rehabilitation health care setting. Applications from prospective learners with three-year degrees in a health profession are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • International Applicants: Academic entry requirements from education programs other than Canada can be reviewed on the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies website. Degree requirements and academic standings vary from the Canadian admissions requirements listed above.
  • Academic Standing: A minimum B+ (76%) average in senior level courses (300 and 400 level) is required. Although often labeled 3rd and 4th year courses they may be taken at any time throughout your studies. Completion of an introductory course in statistics is recommended but does not need to be a 300 or 400 level course.
  • Prior Work Experience: Applicants must be practicing health professionals in a regulated health or human services disciplines who have a minimum of three (3) years of rehabilitation work experience in a health care setting where they have their own caseload, and assess and treat patients independently. Experience is not limited by setting and may include community/home health practice, private practice, hospital-based, industry, schools, rehabilitation centres, etc.
  • English Competency: Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Other applicants may be asked to demonstrate English proficiency even if the primary language of instruction was English. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the Master of Rehabilitation Science program are:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a minimum score of 108 (Internet-based exam) with a minimum score of 26 in Listening & Reading; 23 in Speaking; 28 in Writing
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): a minimum overall band score of 7.5 is required with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a minimum overall score of 88
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): a minimum overall score of 80.
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): a minimum score of 5 for each component of the academic (NOT general) CELPIP test.
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English): a minimum overall score of 76 (CEF level 1) on the academic (NOT general) PTE test.

    Note:  The language requirements are high for this program because it takes place entirely online; therefore, we require more advanced written communication skills. Click here for further details about English Proficiency Tests. We recommend that you ensure you have met or exceeded the scores in any test accepted by UBC before applying to the program. 


Some Notes on Technology

Learners can take program courses anywhere they have access to a computer and the Internet.

Advanced computer skills are not needed. General comfort using a computer and basic word processing software will make completing assignments and participating in classes easier. You should also be able to access the Internet, and send and receive emails with attachments. An active email account is required and once admitted to the program you will be required to obtain a UBC email address which is available for free to learners.

Information regarding how to set-up your system is provided prior to beginning the program. You are responsible for purchasing and maintaining computer hardware and software required for participation in the online courses.