Lisa Rivard at Research PleneryPhD (Rehabilitation Science) Admission Information

McMaster has an excellent graduate training program that provides access to world renowned leaders in rehabilitation science, diverse training options and multiple areas of research specialty.  The strength of our program is related to the strength of our faculty who are highly productive rehabilitation scientists and experienced supervisors. Our PhD trainees have been highly successful in achieving external funding, publications, postdoctoral awards and faculty positions.

Finding the right graduate program and being accepted into it requires effort. You need to ensure you have the right program and supervisor, and that you have a strong application, since admission into our program is a competitive process. We try to identify candidates who have the combination of academic excellence, commitment and potential for future success.


The program is accepting applications for January 2021 admission

January 2020 Admission Deadline:
International Applicants: October 7, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
Domestic Applicants: November 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

September 2020 Admission Deadline:
Domestic and International Applicants: February 7, 2020

Admission Requirements

The PhD in Rehabilitation Science is offered at either a full or part-time basis.

To be eligible for entry into the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, applicants must have:
  • Completed a Thesis-based MSc degree in rehabilitation or a related field with a minimum of a B+ average.
Students who do not have a Thesis-based degree, such as entry-level professional degree at the Master's level (OT/PT or other health professional degree) or a Course-based MSc in a rehabilitation field, may be considered if: 
  • They have a minimum B+ average at the Master's level, combined with evidence of research experience and scholarly writing.

*Please note that exceptional students enrolled in the McMaster Master’s Thesis-based option in Rehabilitation Science are able to apply to transfer to the PhD after meeting all the course requirements of the MSc and demonstrating adequate research potential as determined by the student’s Supervisory Committee. Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Calendar for further information.

Please contact for any additional question you may have.

English Language Proficiency

If the applicant's native language is not English, an official copy of their TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test report form is required. These test results need to be less than 2 years old. McMaster's TOEFL Institution code is 0936.

Minimum test scores required for the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program are:

English Lanugage Proficiency

More information on the TOEFL can be found by reading the following website.

*Applicants who have completed an academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL.

Application Procedure

To apply to the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science, you will need to complete the online application and submit the application fee by the application date. You will also be required to send the following items in support of your application by the deadline.

  1. Official transcript of all university and post-secondary experience.
  2. Two (2) academic references. Applicants have the option of providing one (1) work-related reference in addition to two (2) academic references.
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  4. A letter (maximum two (2) pages) outlining the proposed training plan (supervisor and research area), research interests and experience; and, long term career goals.
  5. Two (2) examples of scholarly writing.
  6. If applicable, evidence of eligibility to be registered in your professional affiliation.
  7. If applicable, evidence of competency in English.
  8. If applicable, a declaration of any disabilities, as well as details concerning accommodations provided by your educational institution(s). Please refer to section 6.5 of the School of Graduate Studies website for more information.

All official transcripts are to be mailed directly to:

Program Coordinator
Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
1400 Main Street West, IAHS 402
Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


Contact Information

Please email with any questions you may have regarding your application.

Program Coordinator
RS Graduate Program
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
1400 Main Street West, IAHS 402
Hamilton, ON  L8S 1C7

905-525-9140 ext. 22868

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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