Physical Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 30 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #90 (QS) ,
The Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (MSc PT) program at the University of Alberta is one of 15 physical therapy programs in Canada (10 English, 5 French). It is an accredited, graduate, professional, entry-level physical therapy (PT) program, and is one of the largest in Canada with approximately 110 students admitted per year.


Vision of the MScPT Graduates

The Masters of Physical Therapy program graduates are prepared to meet the current and future challenges of client-centered, evidence-informed, interprofessional practice. They represent tomorrow's professional leaders.

Expected Outcomes for Graduates

Short Term:  The immediate objective of the program is to provide students with physical therapy skills that meet the workplace demands of diverse and changing healthcare environments.  In addition to clinical competencies, entry-level practitioners need effective strategies for autonomous practice, evidence informed decision making and outcome and program evaluation.  They need graduate level research evaluation skills that they can apply to the client in day-to-day clinical practice.

Long Term:  The longer term objective is to graduate entry-level physical therapists with life-long learning skills who will continually monitor and modify their practice to ensure efficacious, cost effective physical therapy care to people of Alberta, Canada and the global community.

The MScPT Program is a year-round, full-time program and can be completed within 30 months of study. All Canadian entry-level PT programs graduate physiotherapy generalists and are not programs of specialization. National entry-level competencies must be acquired in all practice areas (musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, etc.) by the end of the program.


The MScPT program at the University of Alberta has completed the accreditation review process administered by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC).  PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and operates as the accrediting agency for physiotherapy education programs in Canada.  The status of Accreditation:  fully compliant was granted to the program on September 23, 2012 for the period until October 31, 2018.

Programme Structure

The U of A MSc PT program is an applied program - knowing is important but you also must be able to demonstrate entry-level critical thinking and clinical skills. Students should be prepared for:

  • Year round study (completion of ~ 35 academic and clinical courses)
  • Self-directed learning
  • Multiple learning formats (lecture, seminar, lab, etc.)
  • Multiple assessment formats (oral, practical exams, written)
  • Clinical placements integrated throughout program
  • Capping exercise (skills exam and scholarly project with oral exam)
  • Academic courses and clinical placements are offered over the fall, winter and spring/summer sessions. These terms are coordinated into 7 Blocks of study over 8 consecutive University terms. The program runs over 30 months (2.5 years) total.  This includes short breaks (1 to 3 weeks) in most blocks and a long break (6 weeks) in each summer term. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent in any field of study from an accredited post-secondary institution is required. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution is required. However, a GPA of >3.6 for Alberta applicants and >3.9 for out of province applicants on the most recent sixty credits of study is recommended for a competitive application. GPA is calculated on the most recent 60 credits of university-level coursework taken (courses must be transferable to the University of Alberta to be included). For more information on how GPA is calculated please visit the FAQ section.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Volunteer or Work Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or paid experience working hands on with individuals who have cognitive or physical disabilities.

  • The volunteer/paid experience should be completed within the last few years upon application to the program.

  • Applicants must have their primary work supervisor complete a Verification of Work Experience form and return the completed form to the applicant. The applicant then must upload the completed form to the Graduate Studies online application before the deadline.

  • A maximum of two separate forms are accepted.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9040 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9040 CAD per year and a duration of 30 months.
  • National Applies to you

    9040 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9040 CAD per year and a duration of 30 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Year 1 - Blocks 1, 2 & 3 - $9,040.20
  • Year 2 - Blocks 4, 5 & 6 - $7,970.40
  • Year 3- Block 7 - $1,869.60


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