Program Overview

The School of Rehabilitation Science offers a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences for individuals who have a prerequisite degree in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Pathologist or other health-relevant program; and wish to pursue graduate training in Rehabilitation Science.

There are two options within the Rehabilitation Science Master's programs:

  1. The thesis option, which may be undertaken on a full or part-time basis on campus; and

  2. The course-based option, which is offered on a part-time basis and can be completed entirely through online education, or include on-campus course options.



MSc Thesis Based

The MSc Thesis-based option in the Rehabilitation Science Program provides training that will develop knowledge, appraisal and evaluation skills. Students study and apply theory, research design, analysis methods within the context of a Rehabilitation Science research thesis. Students are prepared to assume future leadership roles in health. The MSc Thesis-based option in Rehabilitation Science is offered at either full-time and part-time basis.

Time to completion: 

Full-time students should normally take two (2) years (6 terms) to complete the program. For part-time students, the expected duration of the program is three (3) years (9 terms). 

 

Required Courses
Thesis Defense

MSc Course Based

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.

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

 

Required Courses
Elective Courses

Course Descriptions

REHAB 702 : Participation and Community Living
REHAB 703: Selected Topics in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
REHAB 704: Independent Study
REHAB 705: Evaluating Sources of Evidence
REHAB 706: Measurement in Rehabilitation
REHAB 708: Clinical Reasoning & Decision Making
REHAB 710: Facilitating Learning in Rehabilitation
REHAB 715: Advanced Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy (OMPT)
REHAB 730: Scholarly Paper
REHAB 735: Rehabilitation Research Project
REHAB 770: Leadership in Rehabilitation
REHAB 771: Work Organization and Health
REHAB 772: Introduction to Qualitative Research
Rehab 773: Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Practice
REHAB 774: Quantitative Research Methods
REHAB 775:Technological Innovation and Rehabilitation


MSc Course Based OMPT Specialization

The MSc Course Based Program offers an Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal-Manipulative Physiotherapy (OMPT) Specialization field of study. The MSc(RS) OMPT field of study develops a specialization standard in musculoskeletal-manipulative clinical practice through three required foundation courses, two Clinical Specialty courses and one Research Project over a 2-3 year timeline. The objective of this OMPT field of study is to advance scientific knowledge, clinical reasoning application, clinical and research skills development with a broad appreciation of the concepts of clinical measurement, and integrated evidence-based practice in OMPT practice. This specialization field of study is offered part-time and primarily online (with two on-site lab periods and one residency period). The OMPT field of study is accredited by the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT).

Time to completion:
Students are expected to complete the program with a time period, usually 3-4 years, which reflects reasonable progress based on their other commitments, affording as much flexibility as 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
Elective Courses

PhD Thesis Based

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science provides training to develop rehabilitation scientists who will advance rehabilitation research and transfer new knowledge into practice and policy. This competency-based program educates students in rehabilitation theory, research design and methods, grantsmanship, scientific writing, knowledge exchange and translation, and teaching/learning strategies. This option includes coursework, a comprehensive portfolio and a thesis. Graduates will be prepared to take on academic, leadership or research roles.

Time to completion:

  • Full-time students should normally take four (4) years to complete the program.
  • Part-time students, the expected duration of the program is six (6) years.
Required Courses
Comprehensive Examination
Thesis Defense

PhD Dual Degree 

The McMaster Rehabilitation Science Dual Degree program allows students to obtain the established Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science (RS) OR the Master of Science in Physiotherapy (PT) and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science (RS) offered within the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS) in 5 years.

The Dual Degree option provides students with advantages through integrated scholarship training and professional development and stream-lined time efficiency. Completing the two degrees, an OT or PT professional degree and Ph.D., concurrently rather than sequentially develops clinician scientists who have an understanding of the issues facing the professions, the potential contributions they can make and research expertise to undertake these roles.

The program will provide research training for individuals who will pursue leadership roles in areas including integrated research initiatives, interdisciplinary and knowledge translation health research. The graduates from this program will be leaders in advancing the contribution of rehabilitation science towards examining health outcomes within a broader scope.

Time to completion: 5 years

Required Courses: Students should refer to the requirements for the PhD and the website for the MSc PT or MSc OT for the professional degrees. 

 

Comprehensive Examination
Thesis Defense