Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation Sciences: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Rehabilitation Science

MSc and PhD

  • Fields:
    • Movement Science;
    • Occupational Science;
    • Practice Science (admissions have been administratively suspended);
    • Rehabilitation Health Services Studies;
    • Rehabilitation Technology Sciences;
    • Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences

Speech-Language Pathology

MSc and PhD

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

Rehabilitation sciences is a multidisciplinary, integrated science dedicated to the study of human function and participation and its relationship to health and well-being. Using basic and applied methods, the science is focused on phenomena at the level of the cell, person, family, community, or society to develop and evaluate theories, models, processes, measures, interventions, and policies to prevent, reverse, or minimize impairments, enable activity, and facilitate participation.

The academic activities of students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) cover the full breadth of rehabilitation sciences with over 100 RSI faculty who are distributed throughout the University of Toronto, including teaching hospitals and research institutes.

There are five areas of research in the Rehabilitation Sciences program:

  • Movement science

  • Occupational science

  • Rehabilitation health services studies

  • Rehabilitation technology sciences

  • Social and cognitive rehabilitation sciences.

There are four areas of research in the Speech-Language Pathology program:

  • Alternative and augmentative communication sciences

  • Hearing and aural rehabilitation sciences

  • Language, voice, and speech sciences

  • Swallowing sciences.

Contact and Address

Web: www.rsi.utoronto.ca
Email: rsi.admin@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-8582
Fax: (416) 946-8762

Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
University of Toronto
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
Room 160, 500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Canada

Rehabilitation Science: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Agur, Anne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Astell, Arlene - BSc, PhD
Bayley, Mark - MD
Beal, Deryk - BA, MHSc, PhD
Biddiss, Elaine Alisa - MASc, PhD
Bressmann, Tim - MPH, PhD
Brooks, Dina - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Cameron, Jill - BSc, MS, PhD
Chau, Tom - PhD
Chen, Joyce - BSc(PT), BPHE, PhD, ScD
Colantonio, Angela - BA, BSc(OT), MHSc, PhD (Director)
Dawson, Deirdre - BSc, MSc, PhD
De Nil, Luc - MSc, PhD
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Gibson, Barbara - MSc, BMR(PT), PhD
Green, Robin - PhD
Jaglal, Susan - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kennedy, Sidney - DPsych, MBChB, BAO
King, Gillian - BA, MA, PhD
Kirsh, Bonnie - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD
Koeberle, Paulo - BS, PhD
Martino, Rosemary - BS, MA, PhD
Mathur, Sunita - BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD
McGilton, Kathy - BScN, MN, PhD
McIlroy, William - BSc, PhD
McPherson, Amy - BSc, PhD
Mihailidis, Alex - BASc, MASc, PhD
Musselman, Kristin - MSc(PT), PhD
Mustard, Cameron - AB, ScD
Nalder, Emily - BOTh, PhD
Nixon, Stephanie - BHSc(PT), BA, MSc, PhD
O'Brien, Kelly - BSc(PT), BS, PhD
Parsons, Janet - BSc(PT), BA, MSc, PhD
Patterson, Kara - BSc, BPT, MSc, PhD
Popovic, Milos - DipIng, PhD
Rappolt, Susan - BSc(OT), MSc, PhD
Reed, Nick - BA, MSc, PhD
Reid, Darlene - BMR(PT), PhD
Renwick, Rebecca - DipOT , BA, PhD
Rochon, Elizabeth - BA, MSc, PhD
Roy, Eric - BSc, MPE, PhD
Sabiston, Catherine - BS, MA, PhD
Salbach, Nancy - BSc(PT), BS, MSc, PhD
Steele, Catriona - BA, MHSc, PhD
Taati, Babak - PhD
Thomas, Scott - BSc, MSc, PhD
van Lieshout, Pascal - MA, MA, PhD
Yoshida, Karen - BSc, BPHE, MSc, PhD
Yunusova, Yana - MS, MA, PhD
Zabjek, Karl - BSc, MClSc , PhD

Members Emeriti

Berg, Katherine - BPT, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Cott, Cheryl - DipP, BPT, MSc, PhD
Davis, Aileen - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Friedland, Judith - BA, MA, PhD
Polatajko-Howell, Helene J. - PhD
Verrier, Molly - DipOT, MHSc

Associate Members

Berbrayer, David - MD, BScMed
Chan, Vincy - DPhil
Colella, Tracey J.F. - MSc, PhD
Colquhoun, Heather - PhD
Cullen, Nora - MD
Fehlings, Darcy - MD
Furlan, Julio - MSc, DrMed, PhD
Goldstein, Roger - MBChB
Hamdani, Yani - MA, PhD
Hitzig, Sander - PhD
Ho, Emily - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD, PhD
Hunt, Anne - MSc, PhD
Iaboni, Andrea - BSc, MD, PhD
Kalsi-Ryan, Sukhvinder - BSc(PT)
Kingsnorth, Shauna - BS, MA, PhD
Kroshus, Emily - DSc
MacKay, Crystal - MHSc
Marzolini, Susan - BS, MSc, PhD
Mollayeva, Tatyana - MD, PhD
Moola, Fiona - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Mori, Brenda - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Narayanan, Unni - MSc, MD
Ng, Stella - BA, MA, PhD
Nowrouzi-Kia, Behdin - BSc, MSc
Rabin, Jenny - PhD
Ross, Tim - PhD
Rowland, Paula - BS, BS
Shikako-Thomas, Keiko - PhD
Simpson, Robert - MBChB
Swaine, Bonnie - MSc, DSc
Sweet, Shane - PhD, PhD
Switzer-Mcintyre, Sharon - BSc, BPHE, MEd, PhD
Thaut, Michael - PhD
Wang, Rosalie - BSc, BSc(OT), PhD
Wasilewski, Marina B. - BSc, MSc, PhD
Wong, Andy Kin On - BS, PhD
Zinman, Lorne - MSc, MD

Rehabilitation Sciences: Rehabilitation Science MSc

Master of Science

Program Description

The MSc program is designed for graduate students who ultimately want careers as independent scientists in health-related disciplines. It can also serve as a stepping stone on the pathway to advanced research training for students planning to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Science or related fields.

The program is offered in the following fields: 1) Movement Science; 2) Occupational Science; 3) Practice Science; 4) Rehabilitation Health Services Studies; 5) Rehabilitation Technology Sciences; 6) Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences.

 

Fields:
Movement Science;
Occupational Science;
Rehabilitation Health Services Studies;
Rehabilitation Technology Sciences;
Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have graduated with a minimum B+ average in senior-level courses in the final two years of a four-year degree program from a recognized university, with a strong undergraduate science background including a course in research design and/or statistics. The four-year degree may be in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, or a related discipline. Related disciplines include basic sciences, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and physical and health education.

  • Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH2001Y0 Rehabilitation Presentations and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Students are expected to attend for one year.

    • 0.5 graduate FCE in research methods.

    • 0.5 graduate FCE in an area related to the student's thesis.

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • Submission of a thesis and completion of an oral examination of the thesis.

  • Minimum of 12 months of full-time study. Students should be aware that the completion of the thesis may take longer.

  • Exceptional students may be considered for enrolment in a part-time option. Requirements are the same as for the full-time MSc option with the following exceptions:

    • Residency requirements (full-time, on-campus attendance) are waived.

    • Coursework must be completed within two years of initial registration.

    • Program must be completed within five years of registration.

    • Completion of an annual learning contract and program map planned with the supervisor.

    • Part-time students should be aware that it is the student's responsibility to modify his or her work schedule to accommodate required coursework since course times are not flexible.

  • Reclassification (transfer). MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them to transfer into the PhD program. The examination is normally undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
15 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

Field: Practice Science

Effective January 2021, admissions to the field in Practice Science have been administratively suspended.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have graduated with a minimum B+ average in senior-level courses in the final two years of a four-year degree program from a recognized university, with a strong undergraduate science background including a course in research design and/or statistics. The four-year degree may be in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, or a related discipline. Related disciplines include basic sciences, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and physical and health education.

  • Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH2001Y0 Rehabilitation Presentations and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Students are expected to attend for one year.

    • 0.5 graduate FCE in research methods.

    • REH3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3303H Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • Submission of a thesis and completion of an oral examination of the thesis.

  • Minimum of 12 months of full-time study. Students should be aware that the completion of the thesis may take longer.

  • The part-time option is not available in the Practice Science field.

  • Reclassification (transfer). MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them to transfer into the PhD program. The examination is normally undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Rehabilitation Sciences: Rehabilitation Science PhD; Fields: 1) Movement Science; 2) Occupational Science; 3) Rehabilitation Health Services Studies; 4) Rehabilitation Technology Sciences; 5) Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program will prepare candidates for a career in scientific research; i.e., graduates will feed the demand for rehabilitation scientists and academic faculty in Canada and the global market. Graduates will be expected to acquire autonomy in conducting research and developing an independent research program. The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of rehabilitation science research as well as advanced research skills and methodologies including acquisition of funding, formulation of research questions, discovery of new knowledge, data collection, analysis and interpretation, scholarly presentation, and publication and translation of knowledge for consumption by appropriate stakeholders.

The program is offered in the following fields: 1) Movement Science; 2) Occupational Science; 3) Practice Science; 4) Rehabilitation Health Services Studies; 5) Rehabilitation Technology Sciences; 6) Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) direct entry following completion of a BSc degree.

 

Fields:
1) Movement Science;
2) Occupational Science;
3) Rehabilitation Health Services Studies;
4) Rehabilitation Technology Sciences;
5) Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have graduated with a minimum A– from a relevant thesis-based master’s program, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Speech-Language Pathology.

  • Applicants must submit the following along with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. A minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH3001Y0 Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Attendance is expected during the first two years of the program. Students remain enrolled and are encouraged to attend until completion of the degree.

    • An advanced research methods course (0.5 FCE).

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 18 months of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in student and faculty research seminars in addition to their regular course requirements.

  • Residence. Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Well-qualified students with excellent research potential holding a BSc degree may be considered for direct admission to the PhD program. These applicants must:

    • Have a minimum A+/A average (GPA 4.0) in an undergraduate program from a recognized university;

    • Have previous relevant research experience, outstanding references, and a personal recommendation from a potential supervisor.

  • Applicants must submit the following along with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. A minimum of 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3001Y0 Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Attendance is expected during the first two years of the program. Students remain enrolled and are encouraged to attend until completion of the degree.

    • REH1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science or REH1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • An advanced research methods course (0.5 FCE).

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 2.5 years of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in student and faculty research seminars in addition to their regular course requirements.

  • Residence. Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Rehabilitation Sciences: Rehabilitation Science PhD; Field: Practice Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program will prepare candidates for a career in scientific research; that is, graduates will feed the demand for rehabilitation scientists and academic faculty in Canada and the global market. Graduates will be expected to acquire autonomy in conducting research and developing an independent research program. The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of rehabilitation science research as well as advanced research skills and methodologies including acquisition of funding, formulation of research questions, discovery of new knowledge, data collection, analysis and interpretation, scholarly presentation, and publication and translation of knowledge for consumption by appropriate stakeholders.

The program is offered in the following fields: 1) Movement Science; 2) Occupational Science; 3) Practice Science; 4) Rehabilitation Health Services Studies; 5) Rehabilitation Technology Sciences; 6) Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) direct entry following completion of a BSc degree.

 

Field: Practice Science

Effective January 2021, admissions to the field in Practice Science have been administratively suspended.

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have graduated with a minimum A– from a relevant thesis-based master’s program, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Speech-Language Pathology.

  • Applicants must submit the following along with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Well-qualified students with excellent research potential holding a BSc degree may be considered for direct admission to the PhD program. These applicants must:

    • Have a minimum A+/A average (GPA 4.0) in an undergraduate program from a recognized university;

    • Have previous relevant research experience, outstanding references, and a personal recommendation from a potential supervisor.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. A minimum of 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH3001Y0 Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Attendance is expected during the first two years of the program. Students remain enrolled and are encouraged to attend until completion of the degree.

    • REH3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3303H Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • An advanced research methods course (0.5 FCE).

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 18 months of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in student and faculty research seminars in addition to their regular course requirements.

  • Residence. Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Well-qualified students with excellent research potential holding a BSc degree may be considered for direct admission to the PhD program. These applicants must:

    • Have a minimum A+/A average (GPA 4.0) in an undergraduate program from a recognized university;

    • Have previous relevant research experience, outstanding references, and a personal recommendation from a potential supervisor.

  • Applicants must submit the following along with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. A minimum of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH3001Y0 Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit). Attendance is expected during the first two years of the program. Students remain enrolled and are encouraged to attend until completion of the degree.

    • REH3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH3303H Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • REH1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science or REH1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • An advanced research methods course (0.5 FCE).

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 2.5 years of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in student and faculty research seminars in addition to their regular course requirements.

  • Residence. Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Rehabilitation Sciences: Rehabilitation Science MSc, PhD Courses

Since not all courses are offered each academic year, the department should be consulted each session as to course offerings.

REH1100H
Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science
REH1120H
Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science
REH1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science
REH1140H
Theory and Research in Physical Therapy
REH1510H
Disordered and Restorative Motor Control
REH2000H
Individual Reading and Research Course
REH2001Y0
Rehabilitation Presentations and Proceedings (Credit/No Credit)
REH3001Y0
Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (Credit/No Credit)
REH3100H
Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues
REH3140H
Disability, Embodiment, and Voice in the Rehabilitation Science Context
REH3301H
Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications
REH3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice
REH3303H Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum
REH3400H
Therapeutic Exercise in Rehabilitation: Emerging Trends and Research Approaches
REH3500H
Gender, Work, and Health
REH5100H
Introduction to Cognitive Rehabilitation Neuroscience I: Basic Science to Clinical Applications
REH3600H
Synthesis Toolkit: Approaches and Methodologies
JRP1000H
Theory and Method for Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Rehabilitation Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology MSc

Master of Science

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline, with a minimum of a mid-B in the final year of the program.

  • Prior to admission, an applicant must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor may want to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • At least 1.0 FCE in research design and methodology.

    • At least 1.0 FCE in the area of research interest.

    • Course requirements are determined by the student's supervisory committee.

  • Participate in student and faculty research seminars.

  • Submission of a thesis based on the student's research, and completion of an oral examination of the thesis.

  • Minimum of 12 months of full-time study. Students should be aware that completion of the thesis may take longer.

  • Reclassification. MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them transfer into the PhD program. Examination normally is undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Rehabilitation Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, applicants are expected to have completed an MSc or MA degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline, with a minimum of a B+ average over the course of the program.

  • Applicants must submit the following with their application: a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and curriculum vitae.

  • Demonstrated advanced research qualifications in speech and language sciences.

  • Applicants may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor is expected to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts, reference letters, and university transcripts.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following tests:

  • Students who graduated from a university outside North America are strongly encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies before applying.

  • Reclassification. MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them transfer into the PhD program. Examination normally is undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • REH3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master’s level.

    • Advanced research methods and design courses (minimum 1.0 FCE).

    • 0.5 graduate FCE related to the area of study.

    • Attendance every two weeks at the SLP Research Colloquia (0.0 FCE).

    • Course requirements are determined by the student's supervisory committee.

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed above.

  • Students must demonstrate evidence of adequate knowledge in research design and statistics or must include suitable coursework as determined by the supervisory committee.

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 18 months of the program.

  • Completion and defence of a thesis in a formal departmental defence, followed by the SGS Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Participation in student and faculty research seminars in addition to the regular course requirements.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's

Rehabilitation Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology MSc, PhD Courses

SLP3001H
Theoretical Foundations of Communication Sciences
SLP3002H
Research Methodologies in Communication Sciences
SLP3003H0
Reading Seminar 1
SLP3004H,Y
Reading Seminar 2
SLP4000H0
Reading Seminar 1
SLP4001H
Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Communication Sciences
SLP4007H,Y
Reading Seminar 2

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.