The admissions process and requirements undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science reserves the right to change the admission process and requirements without notice. Every effort will be made to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.
*For statistics and research methods courses not listed, please reference the criteria we are looking for here. If criteria is met, you may submit a course outline to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm approval.
**Only subject areas identified by McMaster University’s Faculties of Humanities or Social Sciences will be accepted.
+One course cannot satisfy both the statistics/research methods prerequisite and the humanities/social sciences prerequisite. Two separate courses must be submitted on the applicant’s ORPAS application.
You must be proficient in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
If your native language is not English, an official copy of your TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test report form is required. These test results must not be more than two years old at the time of the ORPAS application deadline.
International applications require the same admission requirements as domestic applicants. In addition, applicants with foreign transcripts, excluding the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, are required to submit with their application to ORPAS:
Note: Individuals who have previously completed a degree in physiotherapy (internationally or through another Canadian institution) are ineligible to apply for the McMaster MSc(PT) Program. Applicants with an international physiotherapy degree are encouraged to review information about physiotherapy bridging programs at: https://www.alliancept.org/bridging-programs/
Indigenous applicants who meet the above criteria and who have a FIAP endorsed application will be invited to complete the online interview. Each year, up to six year one positions will be designated for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants.
Applicants wishing to apply to the physiotherapy program with Indigenous status, must complete the following:
1. Go to the ORPAS website to complete your application and submit the required fees
2. Go to McMaster University’s Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) website, read & complete the supplemental Self-Identification Application, and submit to by Friday, January 8th, 2021
Only endorsed FIAP applications will be reviewed under the Indigenous specific criteria for admissions to the physiotherapy program.
The McMaster Physiotherapy Program understands that many future applicants to the Program may be impacted during their Winter 2020 studies term due to COVID-19. Students at many institutions were given the option of selecting a pass/fail grade over a letter/number grade. Please review the following information in regards to how COVID-19 may impact an applicant’s prerequisite courses and sub-GPA for the Physiotherapy Program:
All applicants apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) using the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs (ORPAS) application. Applications open mid-October and close early January each year.
The ORPAS application service fee is $190.00, plus an additional $100.00 institution fee. Application fees are non-refundable.
In addition to reviewing this webpage, it is important to read the ORPAS Application Guide for McMaster University before completing your application.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that ORPAS receives the application and all required supporting documentation by the deadlines. If the application is not complete, or if supporting documentation is not received by the deadlines, the application will not be considered.
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, please review international applicant criteria under the "Admissions Requirements" tab, to determine what you need to submit to ORPAS.
Applicants are also required to enter their prerequisite courses on the ORPAS Prerequisite Module of their application.
Email is the primary communication tool for Admissions at McMaster University. Important messages outlining the next steps required to complete your application and other important information will be sent to the email address associated with your ORPAS application. After submitting an online application, please add the mcmaster.ca domain to your email ‘safe senders’ list and check your junk email box regularly.
In order to ensure McMaster University can successfully send emails, please add us to your ‘Safe Senders List’ by using these directions:
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Applicants are eligible to receive accommodations to complete their interview if submission of proper documentation is received. Applicants will be notified when and how to submit accommodations if needed.
No, the McMaster Physiotherapy Program does not require these for admission. Please review the "Admission Requirements" tab to see a full list of requirements.
No, you are not required to maintain a full course load.
No, all applicants apply the same way and must meet the same requirements.
If you are planning on taking additional courses to improve your sub-GPA, the Program will only accept courses completed at a senior level (300/400 level courses). Prerequisite courses completed at the 100/200 level are the exception.
The minimum sub-GPA requirement is also the cutoff, which is a 3.3/4.0 (B+ or 77%).
ORPAS calculates your GPA based on the last 60 units of study. It is recommended that you read the ORPAS GPA calculation information outlined here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-gpa-calculations/.
Applicants are notified by ORPAS to review their GPA calculation. This usually occurs late February.
ORPAS does not calculate international, exchange or graduate work. ORPAS forwards these transcripts to the Program to be calculated.
Students can take their prerequisite courses at any point in their academic career (i.e. there is no length of time after which a course will not be eligible) to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite courses, however, do need to be completed by December 31st of the year you are applying.
It is recommended that you re-take the prerequisite courses if it has been a significant length of time since you have last studied in either of the four areas, so that you can set yourself up for success in the Physiotherapy Program.
No, prerequisite courses can be completed any time during your academic career.
The McMaster Physiotherapy Program does not choose these courses. Applicants are required to record their prerequisite courses and grades on the ORPAS Pre-requisite Module on their application.
Dates and Deadlines for the 2021 Admission Cycle
Please also reference the ORPAS Important Dates
October 15, 2020
|ORPAS online application opens.|
November 10, 2020
|Join us for a virtual open house to ask us questions about admissions and the Program. Details can be found here.|
January 8, 2021
|Last day to submit an application through ORPAS and pay for non-refundable ORPAS service and institutional fees.|
January 30, 2021
|Deadline to submit transcripts to ORPAS from all post-secondary institutions attended.|
February 19, 2021*
|The Program will confirm with applicants by end of day, whether they are eligible to complete the Kira Talent online interview. Interview payment details will also be provided.|
February 24, 2021*
|Kira Talent interview fee due ($50.00 CAD). Applicants are responsible for paying their interview fees by the deadline in order to gain access to their interview.|
February 26 - March 8, 2021 (9:00 am EST)
No extensions will be permitted under any circumstance.
|Applicants have this set time frame to complete their interview. No travel is required. Note that the following will be needed to complete the interview: a computer (no phone or tablet), microphone, webcam and internet.|
May 14, 2021
|Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants (via School of Graduate Studies) using the email address applicants submitted with their ORPAS application.|
May 26, 2021*
|Program information webinar / Q&A for applicants with a first-round offer.|
May 29, 2021
|First-round offers expire.|
June 7, 2021
|Provisional acceptances become firm acceptances.|
June 30, 2021
|- Deadline to submit $500.00 non-refundable deposit to confirm your acceptance.|
- Deadline to submit final transcripts to ORPAS, with confirmation that your degree has been conferred (if applicable).
July 31, 2021*
|Deadline to submit Program fees, Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) and CPR certificate.|
August 30 - September 3, 2021*
|Orientation Week - mandatory for students to attend.|
*Dates subject to change