Prospective Learners

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Our online programs attract international learners from many health professions who are outstanding clinicians, managers and leaders in rehabilitation practice.

In general, they pursue graduate studies to update their knowledge and gain further expertise to impact care, shape practice, and advance their careers. Together they address the complex needs of individuals seeking rehabilitation.

Our learners include:

  • chiropractors, dietitians, kinesiologists, massage therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, orthotists, and physical therapists.

Career Advancement and Professional Development

  • Earn your Graduate Certificate or Master’s degree from UBC, one of the top universities in Canada
  • Graduate from the esteemed UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Study from wherever you are in the world
  • Options to pursue cutting-edge research in Rehabilitation Sciences and progress to further study

100% Online Flexible Learning

Our online community reaches across Canada and extends into China, England, Switzerland, the United States and Australia. Establishing these networks around the world and sharing diverse perspectives becomes so rewarding that many of our graduates continue to keep in touch.

“A gift of comradeship emerged between the learners, the professors and the advisors, despite the online nature of our communication…. There are unique challenges of building a relationship which relies solely on the written word. Despite initially longing to hear voices and see faces, we did establish wonderful relationships with our classmates and instructors. In fact, today, although many of us had not met face-to-face, we greeted each other as long-lost friends.”

Joint Valedictorian Address, Class of 2009

Our Programs

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Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc)

The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals who wish to gain additional knowledge to impact care and shape future rehabilitation practice.

The MRSc degree will position you for leadership opportunities such as expert practitioner, clinical educator, practice lead, healthcare manager, or consultant in program evaluation.

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Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR)

The advanced (post-entry-level) online Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR) is designed for working health professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge to meet the demands of practice today.

Develop the essential knowledge and skills required for best practice in rehabilitation and draw on the research and experience of those currently shaping the field.

Choosing Your Path

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Both MRSc and GCR learners begin with five core courses (RHSC 501, 503, 505, 507 and 509).

Once these five core RHSC courses are completed, GCR learners are granted the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation science. 

MRSc learners can pursue a course-based option or conduct a small research project. Learners can also incorporate GCOMPT courses. 

Frequently Asked Questions


What type of degree do I need in order to apply?

We require a bachelor’s degree in a health care profession. Please note, the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR) and the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) are post-professional qualifications. While taking these programs can lead to practice improvements and new roles for those already practicing in a health profession, they do not provide credentials to enable people who are not already health professionals to enter rehabilitation practice.

What do you mean by “health discipline/profession”?

Your degree in a “health discipline/profession” means you are eligible to work in a health care profession in rehabilitation. The professions of current students and alumni include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, kinesiologists, dietitians, athletic therapists, chiropractors, prosthetists, massage therapists, and speech language pathologists. You should be responsible for your own caseload, and assess and treat patients independently.

Do I have to have three years of experience?

The GCR and the MRSc are advanced qualifications designed for health care professionals already working in rehabilitation health care settings who have three or more years’ experience, Learners are required to draw on this clinical experience when participating in course learning activities and completing assignments, so their work experience is foundational to their course success.

I do not have any recent academic references. Can I use work references instead?

Because you are applying to a graduate program it is important for referees to comment on your scholarly abilities and study skills.  Academic references are preferred, but if you cannot locate former professors to comment on your scholarly abilities, then we suggest selecting other referees who can provide comments on the needed areas. Try to choose referees from different organizations (for example, don’t ask both a colleague and a supervisor from your workplace). You may be able to obtain references from people who know of your skills and abilities through volunteer work, previous employment or trans-organizational task forces. We also recommend that you show the potential referee the reference form so they have an idea of the areas in which we are looking for input. 

Could you clarify the expectations for the actual online classroom attendance/time and assignments due?

The courses in our program are not self-paced or self-directed, but run as full graduate study courses. All course activities occur online through asynchronous online discussions, live webinars and other means including collaborations among students in learning activities and assignments. You can take the courses from a distance from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection and a computer with software compatible with Canvas, UBC’s online learning system.

I am interested in the MRSc program but wonder if I can try some courses before applying to the MRSc?

You can apply to the UBC Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR) program and if accepted, take several courses before applying to the MRSc. Learners who met all UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies admission criteria and policy requirements at the time of their admission to the UBC Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR) program may transfer all five certificate courses taken prior to admission to the MRSc.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All UBC graduate students have five years to complete a master’s degree. For learners who take courses as GCR learners prior to admission to the MRSc, the five-year degree limit is calculated from the date of the commencement of the first GCR course. For example, a learner began the GCR program in January 2019, completed RHSC 501 and RHSC 505 in the first year then was admitted into the MRSc program starting January 2020. Their MRSc degree must be completed within five years of commencing RHSC 501 in January 2019, in other words, by December 31, 2024.

Is the application process different if I want to do the major project research versus the course-based MRSc option?

No. MRSc learners wanting the research option make this request after admission and after having completed a few courses in the program. There are many factors impacting on the choice including your academic standing in the program and your future plans such as wishing to conduct research in the future.

If you are interested in doing major project research, you do not need to find your own research supervisor.  A supervisor will be appointed for you.

Is it possible to do a PhD upon completion of a MRSc?

Entry to a PhD is possible for MRSc graduates; however it depends on the admission requirements of the desired PhD program.

The possibilities are enhanced when you choose the Major Project option (9 credits of RHSC 587 and 589) and make course elective choices that help you to acquire the research knowledge and publication record (e.g. publish your research project) that are usually needed to be establish eligibility for admission to a PhD program. Admission requirements for PhD programs vary so you need to check them out and plan accordingly. This is true whether you are doing the MRSc or any other master’s degree, and have future PhD study in mind.

If your goal is a research (versus clinical) career, MRSc students also have the option of taking 1-2 MRSc courses then applying to transfer those credits to the UBC Rehab Sciences MSc program, or elsewhere if needed. If you are considering this option we strongly recommend first checking out graduate course credit transfer requirements at universities where you may apply for PhD studies.

How do I afford it?

It is wise to plan ahead. Currently there are no scholarships or bursaries available to online learners; all tuition, however, is tax deductible in Canada. Funding or scholarships may be available through your employer or union, or other sources.

Here are some examples of how our learners manage the costs:

  • The program is designed to be completed part-time so can be done without interrupting your regular income. You could take two courses a year, for example, to manage the cost across time.
  • Seeking funding through an employer, professional association, union or service club. 
  • Studying online decreases transportation and parking costs and for some learners, their child sitting costs.