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.

    • 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. (See amendment made on September 19, 2019.)

    • ​​​​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:

    • ​​​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