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Rehabilitation Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The MSc in Rehabilitation Science (MScRS) program is designed for graduate students interested in careers in academic and non-academic health and related interdisciplinary fields.


The MScRS can serve as a stepping stone on the pathway to advanced research training for students planning to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Science or related fields. MSc Rehabilitation Science students have backgrounds in clinical areas (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication sciences, kinesiology, law, public health or other health-related fields).  

The program consists of course work (a minimum 15 credit units at the graduate level, including three mandatory courses) and a thesis (including proposal and defense of thesis research). Students also take training in ethicsand scientific integrity. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) has a professional development requirement designed to help you determine your career path in both academic and non-academic settings. 

Programme Structure

There are two core mandatory courses within rehabilitation science (REHAB 500 and 512). They are designed to help students understand the theories and issues specific to rehabilitation science as well as design considerations in rehabilitation research. Students also take a mandatory statistics course and two electives pertinent to their thesis research.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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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).

An eligible applicant must meet all Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requirements (see the FGSR Graduate Program Manual), as well as the following Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FRM) requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, or a previous clinical degree (BSc or MSc) in a rehabilitation discipline or a related field;
  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution during the last two years of full-time study;
  • acceptable scores on an approved test of competency in the English language. See full FRM Policies and Procedures manual for details;
  • identified faculty member within the FRM who has agreed to supervise the applicant;
  • three reference letters from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and research potential and capabilities;
  • a current curriculum vitae; and
  • a formal written summary (1-2 pages, single-spaced) of personal, professional, and research objectives during their program. The student (not the proposed supervisor) must write the summary. 
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      9020 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9020 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      5625 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5625 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Edmonton

    • 1201 - 2000 CAD/month
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