Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation Sciences: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty A​ffiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Rehabilitation Science

​MS​c
Fields:
Movement Science
Occupational Science
Practice Science
Rehabilitation Health Services Studies
Rehabilitation Technology Sciences
Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences
PhD
Fields:
Movement Science
Occupational Science
Practice Science
Rehabilitation Health Services Studies
Rehabilitation Technology Sciences
Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences

Speech-Language Pathology

​MSc
​PhD​​

Collaborative Specializations

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

  1. Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
    • Speech-Language Pathology, MSc, PhD
  2. ​​Bioethics
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  3. Biomedical Engineering
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  4. Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  5. Global Health
    • Rehabilitation Science, PhD
  6. Health Care, Technology, and Place (admissions have closed)
    • Rehabilitation Science, PhD
  7. Health Services and Policy Research
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc
  8. Musculoskeletal Sciences
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  9. Neuroscience
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
    • Speech-Language Pathology, MSc, PhD
  10. Resuscitation Sciences
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  11. Women's Health
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD
  12. Workplace Learning and Social Change
    • Rehabilitation Science, MSc, PhD

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 Sciences: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Agur, Anne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Astell, Arlene - BSc, PhD
Badley, Elizabeth - BSc, MSc, PhD
Bartel, Lee - BA, BMus, MEd, PhD
Beal, Deryk - BA, MHSc, PhD
Beaton, Dorcas - BSc(OT), MSc, PhD
Berg, Katherine - BPT, BSc(PT), MSc, 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), PhD
Colantonio, Angela - BA, BSc(OT), MHSc, PhD (Director)
Cott, Cheryl - DipP, BPT, MSc, PhD
Davis, Aileen - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Dawson, Deirdre - BSc, MSc, PhD
Eriks-Brophy, Alice - BEd, BA, MSc, PhD
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Gibson, Barbara - MSc, BMR(PT), PhD
Girolametto, Luigi - BA, MSc, PhD
Green, Robin - PhD
Jaglal, Susan - BSc, MSc, PhD
King, Gillian - BA, MA, PhD
Kirsh, Bonnie - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD
Koeberle, Paulo - BS, PhD
Kontos, Pia - BA, MA, PhD
MacEachen, Ellen - BA, MSc, PhD
Mainela-Arnold, Elina - MA, PhD
Mansfield, Avril - BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD
Martino, Rosemary - BS, MA, PhD
Mathur, Sunita - BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD
McGilton, Kathy - BScN, MN, PhD
McIlroy, William - BSc, PhD
Mihailidis, Alex - BASc, MASc, PhD
Mochizuki, George - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Morshead, Cindi - BS, PhD
Mustard, Cameron - AB, ScD
Nixon, Stephanie - BHSc(PT), BA, MSc, PhD
Perry, Stephen - BS, MSc, PhD
Polatajko-Howell, Helene - PhD
Popovic, Milos - DipIng, PhD
Rappolt, Susan - BSc(OT), MSc, PhD
Reed, Nicholas - BA, MSc, PhD
Reid, Wendy Darlene - BMR(PT), PhD
Renwick, Rebecca - DipOT , BA, PhD
Rochon, Elizabeth - BA, MSc, PhD
Roy, Eric - BSc, MPE, PhD
Salbach, Nancy - BSc(PT), BS, MSc, PhD
Stuss, Donald - BPhil, BA, MA, PhD
Thomas, Scott - BSc, MSc, PhD
van Lieshout, Pascal - MA, MA, PhD
Wright, Virginia - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yoshida, Karen - BSc, BPHE, MSc, PhD
Yunusova, Yana - MS, MA, PhD
Zabjek, Karl - BSc, MClSc , PhD
Zariffa, Jose - DrEng

Members Emeriti

Friedland, Judith - BA, MA, PhD
Reid, Denise - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD

Associate Members

Barela, Ana - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Berbrayer, David - MD, BScMed
Campbell, Kent - BSc, PhD
Campisi, Paolo - MD
Colella, Tracey JF - MSc, PhD
Comper, Paul - BA, MA, PhD
Craven, Beverley Catharine - MD
Cullen, Nora - MD
Evans, Catherine - BSc, MSc, PhD
Fehlings, Darcy - MD
Goldstein, Roger - MBCHB
Grace, Sherry - BA, MA, PhD
Guilcher, Sara - BSc, MSc, MSc(PT), PhD
Hitzig, Sander - PhD
Hunt, Anne - MSc
Iaboni, Andrea - BSc, MD, PhD
Lindsay, Sally - BA, MA, PhD
McEwen, Sara - BSc(PT), BSc(PT), MS, MSc, PhD
McPherson, Amy - BSc, PhD
Mori, Brenda - BSc(PT), MSc
Nalder, Emily - BOTh, PhD
Narayanan, Unni - MSc, MD
Ng, Stella - BA, MA, PhD
Novak, Christine - BSc, BSc, MS, PhD
O'Brien, Kelly - BSc(PT), BS, PhD
Patterson, Kara - BSc, BPT, MSc, PhD
Phadke, Chetan - BSc(PT), PhD
Robinson, Lawrence - BA, MD
Ryan, Stephen - BEng, MSc, PhD
Stergiou-Kita, Mary - BSc(OT), MSc, PhD
Switzer-Mcintyre, Sharon - BSc, BPHE, PhD
Thaut, Michael - PhD

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. 

  • Evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English and must be demonstrated 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 2001Y0 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 program. Requirements are the same as for the full-time MSc program 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

 

Field: Practice 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.

  • 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. 

  • Evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English and must be demonstrated 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 2001Y0 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.

    • REH 3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3303H 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

Rehabilitation Sciences: Rehabilitation Science PhD

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:
Movement Science
Occupational Science
Rehabilitation Health Services Studies
Rehabilitation Technology Sciences
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 whose first language is not English must provide evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English by completing 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH 3001Y0 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

 

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 whose first language is not English must provide evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English by completing 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3001Y0 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.

    • REH 1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science or REH 1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science (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.

  • 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

 

Field: Practice Science

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 whose first language is not English must provide evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English by completing 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH 3001Y0 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.

    • REH 3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3303H 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.

  • 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

 

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 whose first language is not English must provide evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English by completing 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.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87.

    • 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:

    • ​​​REH 3100H Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues or equivalent (0.5 FCE) if an equivalent was not taken at the master's level.

    • REH 3001Y0 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.

    • REH 3301H Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3302H Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 3303H Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science or REH 1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • REH 1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science (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.

  • 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

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.

​REH 1100H
Theory and Research in Reh​abilitation Science​
​REH 1120H​
Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science​
​REH 1130H
​Theory and Research in Occupational Science
REH 1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy
​REH 1510H
​Disordered and Restorative Motor Control
​REH 2000H
​Individual Reading and Research Course
​REH 2001Y​0
​Rehabilitation Presentations and Proceedings (Credit/No Credit)
​REH 3001Y0
Advanced Rehabilitation Presentation and Proceedings (Credit/No Credit)​
​REH 3100H
​Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues
​REH 3120H
​International Issues in Disability and Rehabilitation
​REH 3140H
​Disability, Embodiment, and Voice in the Rehabilitation Science Context​
​REH 3301H
​Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Applications
​REH 3302H
​Determinants of Rehabilitation Practice
​REH 3303H
​Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum
​REH 3400H
​Therapeutic Exercise in Rehabilitation: Emerging Trends and Research Approaches
​REH 3500H
​Gender, Work, and Health
​REH 5100H
​Introduction to Cognitive Rehabilitation Neuroscience I: Basic Science to Clinical Applications
​REH 5102H
​Cognitive Rehabilitation Neuroscience II
REH 3600H Synthesis Toolkit: Approaches and Methodologies
JRP 1000H Theory and Method for Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction

​0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is credited when 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 was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the English proficiency tests listed in this calendar. See General Regulations, section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency​.

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 was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the English proficiency tests listed in this calendar. Students who graduated from a university outside North America are strongly encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies before applying. See General Regulations, section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency​.

  • 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:

    • REH 3100H 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

​SLP 3001H​
Theoretical Foundations of Communication Sciences​
​​SLP 3002H
​Research Methodologies in Communication Sciences
​SLP 3003H0
​Reading Seminar 1
​SLP 3004H,Y
Reading Seminar 2​
​SLP 4000H0
Reading Seminar 1​
​SLP 4001H
Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Communication Sciences​
​SLP 4007H,Y
Reading Seminar 2​

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