McMaster MSc(PT) Admissions

MSc Physiotherapy Program

The MSc Physiotherapy Program is a full-time, entry-to-Canadian practice professional program that encompasses problem-based, small group, self-directed learning.

Are you ready for graduate school?

Are you eligible to apply to our MSc Physiotherapy Program?

  • Refer to the 'Admission Requirements' tab.

Are you ready for problem-based learning?  Is PBL the best way for you to learn?

  • What is PBL?

In our PBL environment, physiotherapy students work together, in small groups, to solve real-world problems, and find and apply knowledge.  Through PBL learning, students develop their critical thinking, writing, research, communication and social skills.  This model provides a student for lifelong learning.

Are you ready for 'self-directed' learning?

Are you ready for evidence-based practice?

The MSc Physiotherapy Program at McMaster University strives to prepare physiotherapy students to be caring and reflective practitioners who are clinical scholars with the ability to provide client-centred, effective and efficient health care, to critically evaluate the scientific basis of practice, to adapt to and initiate change, to collaborate within interprofessional teams, and to become lifelong learners.

A description of the Essential Skills and Attributes for Physiotherapy Students is available here

How to Apply

  • Applicants apply through the ORPAS website.
  • Read the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Program (ORPAS) Application Guide at before completing application.
  • The ORPAS application service fee is $190, plus an institutional fee of $100.
    • If you apply to any combination of more than one (1) program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., SLP and OT or PT, or SLP, OT and PT), you will be charged an additional $100 university fee payable at the time of the ORPAS online application submission.
    • Application fees are non-refundable.

Required documentation:

  • Official transcripts of all university and college degree work must be sent directly to ORPAS by the originating institution(s), including course work outside of Canada.
  • If you have international transcripts, excluding the USA, you must submit the following to ORPAS:
    • Original transcripts sent by originating institution(s) directly to ORPAS;
    • Notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date; and,
    • Notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.
    • English-Language Requirements, such as TOEFL.
      • The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Applicants are required to record the pre-requisite courses on the ORPAS Prerequisite Module.

Admission Requirements:

  • 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (B+ or 77% or 9/12) in the last two (2) years or 60 units of university academic study.
    • The degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured.
  • Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.
    • Applicants who apply in their fourth year of their degree program must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements prior to June 30, of the year they apply in.
    • GPA would include 4th year grades up to December (4th year Fall term).
  • Applicants who have graduated from a three-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits) must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply.  For example:
    • An additional 30 units/credits (in addition to a three-year degree) are required to total 120 units/credits.
    • Contained within the 120 units/credits, 10 courses (30 units/credits) must be at the third or fourth-year level or above; and,
    • A minimum average of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of university course work.
  • Pre-requisites (see pre-requisite tab)

International Applicants:

  • International applications require the SAME admission requirements as domestic applicants (please review Admission Requirements  and the Pre-requisites tab).
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts, excluding the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, are required to submit the following with their application to ORPAS:
    • Original transcripts sent by originating institution(s) sent to ORPAS;
    • Notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date; and,
    • Notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.
    • Translation copies of transcripts and pre-requisite course descriptions, if not available in English.
  • If your first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) (reading-22, speaking-24, listening-24, writing-22) is required.
    • The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
    • The TOEFL score must be sent directly from the TOEFL  Centre to McMaster University (McMaster code: 0936, Department code: 48).
    • Scores that are more than two (2) years old are not valid.

Notes for all applicants:

The following courses are not included in the GPA calculation:

  • Practicums, placements, internships and activity courses
  • Ontario Bachelor of Education degrees
  • College courses
  • Challenge for credit courses
  • Diploma or certificate programs


  • Applicants are required to record their pre-requisite courses on the ORPAS Pre-requisite Module.
    • All pre-requisites must have a grade of 3.3/4.0 or B+ or 77% or 9/12 or higher.
      • Pre-requisite grades submitted below the minimum will not be accepted and the application would be deemed ineligible.
  • The MSc Physiotherapy admission pre-requisites include:
    • One ½ credit (3 units) human anatomy course.
    • One ½ credit (3 units) human physiology course.
    • One ½ credit (3 units) statistics course.
    • One ½ credit (3 units) humanities course.
  • Pre-requisite courses must be completed at an accredited university-level.
    • A group of college credits, transferred to an University transcript, will not be accepted.
    • Transfer credits that provide a grade of Pass/Fail cannot be used for a pre-requisite credit.
    • Social science courses will not be accepted as a humanities submission.
  • Pre-requisite courses must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Click here for Humanities Pre-requisite Examples

Click here for Anatomy and Physiology Course Equivalency 

Click here for Statistics Course Content 

Application Checklist



1. Do you have the 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (B+ or 77% or 9/12) ?
2. Do you have the prerequisites needed to apply to the Program?

  • 1/2 credit (3 unit) human anatomy course
  • 1/2 credit (3 unit) human physiology course
  • 1/2 credit (3 unit) statistics course
  • 1/2 credit (3 unit) humanities course

Prerequisite courses must have a grade of 3.3/4.0  (B+ or 77% or 9/12) to be eligible.

3. Have you read the ORPAS Application Guide available at
4. Have you uploaded all information required with your application?
5. Have you submitted your application by the due date?

  • ORPAS Application is now closed will open mid-October 2019
6. Have you requested your transcripts, from all postsecondary institutions that you had attended, to ORPAS?

  • Transcripts include:  undergraduate, graduate, exchange and international.
  • All transcripts MUST be sent to ORPAS
  • DUE JANUARY 2020
7.   Have you paid all application fee(s)
 8.  International students:  Have you uploaded your TOEFL scores?
 9.  Have you checked your ORPAS Verification Report?

  • This report provides you with all information contained in your application, including receipt of transcripts.
  • Applicants are able to review their sub-GPA and the list of all courses/grades used in the GPA calculation.
  • Any discrepancies relating to your sub-GPA must be reported to ORPAS, before the end of February.
 10. Have you checked your email and 'junk folder' for any correspondence from ORPAS or McMaster University?

  • ORPAS will remind applicants, in February, when to check their ORPAS Verification Report.
  • Applicants will receive an email from MSc Physiotherapy Program, in February, inviting you to complete the online interview (Kira Online Interview Platform).
 11. Have you paid your $40.00 (non-refundable) CDN fee to complete the MSc Physiotherapy Program online interview?

  • 2020
 12. Have you checked your email and 'junk folder' for an invitation from Kira Talent (Online Platform Interview) to complete the online interview?
 13. Have you completed the online interview during the timeframe that was provided to you?

  • Kira Online Interview:  2020
 14. Have you checked your email and 'junk folder' for any correspondence from McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies with an offer of admission?

  • On May 17, 2019, admission decisions are emailed to applicants for the Class of 2021.

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) Applicants

  • Indigenous applicants who have a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) with a minimum GPA of B+ (77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0), calculated using the last 60 units/credits of university course work, the required prerequisites (see prerequisite tab) and who have completed the Self-Identification Application, will be invited to complete the Kira Talent (Video Interview Platform) assessment.
    • Each year, up to six (6) year 1 positions will be designated for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants.
  • In accordance with the Self-Identification Policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants who wish to apply are to complete the supplementary Self-Identification Application.  Information on the policy, application requirements and the online applicant can be found here.

Applicants wishing to apply to the MSc (PT) program with the Indigenous specific requirements, must complete the following:

Please note, only endorsed FIAP applications will be reviewed under the Indigenous specific criteria for admissions to the MSc (PT) program.
  • The Self-Identification Application is used for all Faculty of Health Science programs and only needs to be completed once even if an applicant has applied to multiple programs.  Applicants who wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process must submit the Self-Identification Application to Danielle Soucy, Director, Indigenous Student Health Sciences (ISHS) office by January 4, 2019.

Please click here to visit the Indigenous Students Health Sciences (IAHS) office.

Selection Process

NEW:  All applicants with a 3.3/4.0 or B+ or 77% or 9/12 GPA will be invited to participate in an online interview.

  • ORPAS calculates GPA.  GPA is based on the last 60 units of study.
    • Please refer to the ORPAS Application Guide to review how a GPA is calculated and review the courses that are not included in the GPA calculation.
    • The Program will calculate graduate work, exchange and international transcripts.  Graduate work is weighted the same as undergraduate work.
  • Eligible applicants will be invited, by the Program, to complete an online interview (Kira Talent).  The cost of the online interview is $40.00 CDN (non-refundable).
    • Kira Talent is a Online Interview Platform.
    • The online interview fee ($40.00 CDN) must be paid before the online interview can be completed.
    • The $40.00 online interview fee can be paid using a valid credit card.
    • Applicants will be notified via email when and where to submit their online payment (mid-February 2018).  Check your Junk Mail regularly.
    • Once payment is received, applicants will receive a link from Kira Talents to complete the online interview within the timeframe given by Kira Talents (beginning of March 2018).
    • For more information regarding the online interview, click here
  • Applicants who are interviewed are ranked on a combination of their online interview score (75% of final ranking) and their pre-admission sub-GPA (25% of final ranking) to determine the final ranking for offers of admission.
    • Approximately, 65 students are admitted to the MSc Physiotherapy Program.
    • The final approval of applicants for admission will be granted by the Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants will be notified of the admission decision via the email address that was provided to ORPAS in the online application.
    • Applicants will receive either an offer of admission, notification of their position on the waiting list (including waitlist number) or a letter of refusal.
  • Applicants being offered admission must complete the online offer of acceptance to ORPAS and pay a non-refundable deposit fee (acceptance fee) of $500.00 CDN.

 Admissions Policy and Procedures:

Important Dates and Deadlines

The following dates are for the 2018-2019 Admission Cyclefor September 2019 entry.

Mid-October 2019
ORPAS online application opens.
OPEN HOUSE, FHS Graduate Studies, McMaster University Student Centre, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
January 8, 2020
Last day to submit an application and non-refundable ORPAS service and institutional fees to ORPAS.
Deadline to submit transcripts from all universities the applicant attended to ORPAS.
Program will confirm with applicant that they are eligible to completed the Kira Online Interview.

No extensions will be permitted.

Kira Talent interviews are completed online.  No travel is required to complete the interview. Please note that the Kira Talent interviews dates cannot be rescheduled.  Applicants are responsible for his/her interview costs ($40.00).
Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants (via School of Graduate Studies) using the email address applicants submitted in their ORPAS online application.
First-round offers expire.
Provisional acceptances become firm acceptances.
June 30, 2019 - Class of 2021
Deadline to submit payment of $500 non-refundable deposit

ORPAS must receive final transcripts

July 31, 2019 - Class of 2021
Deadline to submit transcripts to ORPAS, with confirmation that your degree has been conferred (if applicable).
July 31, 2019 - Class of 2021
Program fees, Vulnerable Screening Check and CPR documents are due.
August 26, 2019 to
August 30, 2019 - Class of 2021
Orientation Week - mandatory for students to attend.

How do you apply to McMaster's MSc Physiotherapy Program?

All applicants must apply through the ORPAS website at This link is also available on our admission homepage.

For pre-requisite eligibility, when do they need to be completed by?

Pre-requisites must be completed by December 31, 2019

What type of degree do you require to be eligible?

The 4-year baccalaureate degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured.

What courses should i take if I'm upgrading my GPA?

If you are planning on taking additional courses to improve your GPA, the Program will only accept courses completed at a senior level (3rd or 4th yea courses)

What will the GPA cutoff be?

MSc Physiotherapy Programs are competitive.
  • All applicants who have a 3.3/4.0 (B+ or 77%) GPA or higher will be given the opportunity to complete a supplementary application (online interview).

Does the pre-requisite course have to fall within the last 60 units of study?

No it does not. Pre-requisites can be completed any year of your university studies

How many pre-requisite courses do i have to list?

You require the following pre-requisite courses with a 3.3 /4.0 (B+ or 77% or 9/12) grade or higher:

  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) human anatomy course
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) human physiology
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) statistics course
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) humanities course

What humanities courses will you accept as a pre-requisite?

Any humanities course that has been completed through a Faculty/Department of Humanities would be accepted. Humanities courses can be completed at any level. Example of humanities courses are listed in our 'Pre-requisite' tab above. A humanities course MUST be completed with a B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 to be eligible.

What are the admission requirements for domestic and international applications?

Admission requirements are the same for domestic and international applicants. See 'Admission Requirements' tab.

How is my GPA calculated?

ORPAS calculates your GPA based on the last 60 units of study.  It is recommended that you read the ORPAS Application Guide at

Applicants are notified by ORPAS to review their GPA calculation.  This usually occurs late February.  It is recommended that applicants review their calculated GPA for accuracy during this time.

ORPAS does not calculate international, exchange or graduate work.  ORPAS forwards these transcripts to the Program to be calculated.

Graduate work is weighted the same as undergraduate work.

What if my first language is not English?

If your first language is not English, a TOEFL is required. See 'Admission Requirements' tab.

I am a mature student. Do I apply differently?

No. All applicants require the same admission requirements to apply.

I have been out of school for more than five (5) years, am I eligible?

Applicants who have been out of school for more than five (5) years, it is recommended that you have complete the pre-requisite coursework within the last five (5) years to be eligible.

Where can I find the University tuition and supplementary fee costs for the program?

Visit the Student Accounts and Cashier's website at:

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