Prospective MSc Students

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Acceptance into the MSc program is very competitive. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and also the program. Please read the following carefully.


1) Agreement from a qualified faculty member eligible to supervise MSc students and a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies who is willing to supervise your project. Please see the directory of potential MSc Supervisors.
2) Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a health-related discipline such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Life Sciences or Social Sciences, and the successful completion of the following prerequisite: a minimum of 3 credits in research methods or statistics.
3) Academic excellence: overall average of at least B+ (76% at UBC) in senior level courses (300 and 400 level).
International Students may need to meet further requirements as outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For more information, please, Click here.
4) Graduate Record Exam
Applicants from non-Canadian or United States universities may be required to provide general (GRE) (Graduate Record Examination) scores as part of their application at the request of their proposed supervisor. Scores must be valid within the past 2 years.
5) English Competency Applicants who have completed a degree in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English Language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the Master of Science program are:

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
a minimum overall score of 100 (internet-based version) with a minimum score of 23 in each component
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
a minimum overall score of 88
IELTS International English Language Testing Service
a minimum overall band score of 7.5 required with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Test– 80 minimum score
PTE Pearson Test of English– 70 minimum score on Academic Test (not General)
CELPIP Canadian English Language Proficiency Index- level 4 High in Academic Test (not General)

These requirements are consistent with those required by UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please click here to review the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements.

6) Required Documentation – please see below under Required Documents
7) All new students are also required to supply or run through a Criminal Records Check as you typically will be working with a vulnerable population. If accepted, the fee will be $28.

For information on Tuition Fees, please click here Tuition Fees for Masters Program



Application Procedures


Applicants to our MSc program should obtain, complete and submit necessary forms and transcripts according to the following deadlines:

January 15     
to begin studies in September

June 15             to begin studies in January or September (as a late applicant)

October 15       to begin studies in January (as a late applicant)

Application Fees:

A non-refundable application fee is required, cannot be deferred and is valid for only one application year. The online application accommodates credit card payment via Visa or Mastercard.

Current Graduate Application Fees

Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees and Diplomats):  (CDN) $93.00
International Applicants: (CDN):  $153.00

Required Documents:
Applications will NOT be considered complete and therefore, NOT considered until all of the following documents are received by the School:

  • A completed Graduate Studies Online application form.
  • If you are applying for a start date in 2016, you are required to upload scanned copies of documents as part of your program application. Instructions about scanned documents required and details of how to submit appropriate scanned copies are included within the online application.
  • If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate and Postdoctoral office. Note to International Applicants: The Faculty of Graduate Studies has very strict requirements for these documents. Transcript Information for International Students For current and former UBC students, you do not need to send in official transcripts for your UBC program. However, please be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.). These transcripts must be mailed directly by the registrar of the institution to the School. If any transcript is not in English or French, an official translation must also be provided.
  • Three letters of reference, at least one of which should be written by an individual who has knowledge of the applicant’s academic and/or research abilities. These letters must be mailed directly to the school by the referees or they may be submitted online. Instructions for Reference LettersThe Graduate Student Reference Form is available in PDF format- Reference Form 
  • GRE test results as per above as applicable

Selection of candidates is made with an established yearly quota on a competitive basis with the most highly qualified applicants offered admissions. Selection is based on academic qualifications, letters of reference, clinical experience, and motivation to pursue graduate study as reflected in the written statement.

Students must contact one or more potential faculty supervisors to discuss their research interests prior to the application deadline. Determining an appropriate student-supervisor match requires considerable dialogue so this process should be initiated well before the application deadline.


Contact Information

Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of British Columbia
212 – 2177 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

phone: 604-822-7044
fax: 604-822-1870


  1. All new students are also required to supply or run through a Criminal Records Check as you typically will be working with a vulnerable population. If accepted, the fee will be $28.