Master of Science (MSc) Course-based Option

The MSc Course-based option in the Rehabilitation Science Program provides training to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals who want to obtain a master’s degree relevant to their practice. This program provides flexibility for working clinicians at a distance to complete the program entirely online and on a part-time basis. Students also have the option to take on-campus courses. Courses emphasize evidence-based practice, clinical measurement/evaluation, critical thinking and application of knowledge to practice.

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June 27, 2020: Deadline for September 2020 Admission

Course Requirements

MSc Course-based Course Requirements

The following are the course requirements of the MSc course-based option of the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program. Students can complete the degree with at least a B- standing, a minimum of three (3) required courses and five (5) electives. The elective components of the program are customized to the learner's needs and may consist of a course-based only option, or a scholarly/research paper option.

Students are expected to complete the program within a time period, usually 3-4 years, which reflects reasonable progress based on their other commitments, affording as much flexibility as is needed.  If the program is taken at an accelerated part-time pace, it can be finished in 24 months. Although not typical, a full-time student could complete the required eight (8) ½ credit courses in one-year.

Required Courses:

    • Three (3) mandatory (3 unit) courses 
      • REHAB 705, 
      • REHAB 706, 
      • REHAB 772 or REHAB 774
  • Five (5) (3 unit) elective courses; or,
    • Three (3) (3 unit) elective courses plus REHAB 730 (6 unit course); or,
    • Three (3) (3 unit) elective courses plus REHAB 735 (6 unit course).
  • SGS 101 - Academic Research Integrity and Ethics (students must complete in first year)
  • SGS 201 - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (students must complete in first year)

Elective courses are typically selected from the Rehabilitation Science course-based course offerings, but may include face-to-face courses on campus where students are able to attend.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Click here for the MSc Course-based Option Course Descriptions

Click here for all Rehabilitation Science course offerings in the McMaster Graduate Calendar

Financial Information

Financial Information

All applicants are advised to apply for financial assistance from sources outside McMaster University.

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Calendar or the McMaster Student Accounts and Cashiers office.

On the Student Accounts and Cashiers website, Rehabilitation Science Course-based option tuition is located under "Graduate Special Program Fees". All students must pay supplementary fees each academic year. Please note that students who have medical and dental coverage may contact the Graduate Student Association (GSA) directly regarding how to opt-out of provided insurance.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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