MRSc Admission Requirements

The Master of Rehabilitation Science at the University of British Columbia is designed specifically for learners who currently have:

  • an undergraduate or graduate degree in a health discipline, and
  • a minimum of three (3) years of rehabilitation practice experience.

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


The Rehabilitation Science Online Programs recommends applicants based on the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Prior Work Experience: Applicants must:
    • be practicing health professionals in a regulated health or human services discipline
    • 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.
      • Settings 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. 

Final admissions decisions are subject to formal approval by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.