All applicants (domestic and international) must meet the same criteria and apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs (ORPAS). Incomplete files will not be reviewed. 

The application portal for admission in September 2021 will open on October 15th, 2020 and close on January 8th, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

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 at any time without notice. Every effort will be made to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.

Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements
English-Language Proficiency
I am an International Applicant/I have Exchange Work
I am an Indigenous Applicant

Entrance Requirements

Application Process

How to Apply

Please carefully read the ORPAS application Guide before completing your application - ORPAS Application Guide

All applicants (domestic and international) must apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs (ORPAS) online application service - ORPAS Application.

Application Fee Information

The ORPAS application service fee is $190

If you apply to only one (1) program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (either Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy), a $100 university fee is payable at the time of ORPAS online application payment submission.

If you apply to any combination of more than one (1) program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., SLP and OT or PT, or SLP, OT and PT), you will be charged an additional $100 university fee payable at the time of the ORPAS online application submission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that ORPAS receives the application and all required supporting documentation by the required deadlines. If the application is not complete or if supporting documentation is not received within the required deadlines, the application will not be considered.

Application fees are non-refundable.

Make McMaster a Safe Sender

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 application. So after submitting an online application, please add the domain to your email ‘safe senders’ list and check your junk email box regularly.

Hotmail / Outlook users:

In order to ensure McMaster University can successfully send emails, please add us to your ‘Safe Senders List’ by using these directions:

  1. Log into Hotmail
  2. In the top right of your inbox, click “Options” and then select “More Options”
  3. Under “Junk Email” click “Safe and Blocked Senders”
  4. Under “Safe and Blocked Senders” click “Safe Senders”
  5. Type in in the “Sender or domain to mark as safe” entry field and click “Add to List”
Gmail users:

Gmail accounts have been redesigned to automatically filter communications from large institutions like McMaster and categorize them as ‘Promotions’. By creating a filter for emails from, you will ensure that all correspondence with our office is delivered to your primary inbox. Please add to your ‘safe sender’ list in Gmail by following these instructions:

  1. Log into Gmail
  2. Click on the Settings icon (top right of screen – it looks like a gear).
  3. Choose “Settings” from the list.
  4. Click “Filters” at the top of the page.
  5. Click “Create a new filter”.
  6. In the “From” box in the next window, type
  7. Click “Create filter with this search” at the bottom of the page.
  8. Click “Never send it to Spam” and “Always mark it as important”.
  9. Click “Create filter” button.

Selection Process

The top-ranked (approximately 125) applicants will be invited to participate in a mini multiple interview (MMI). Personal qualities and life experiences are assessed at these “mini” interviews, two of which are written stations.

These interviews will take place on-line. Final offers of admission will be based on a combination of pre-admission sub-GPA and MMI score. Interview dates and Offer dates can be found on the program’s website, here Important Dates and Deadlines. Applicants who have not been invited to interview will not continue through the application process and are welcomed to apply again the following year.

Multiple Mini-Interview
What are Multiple Mini-Interviews?
What can I Expect from a Multiple Mini Interview?

Policies & Procedures

As per the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies Calendar, admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.

The School of Rehabilitation Science does not provide feedback to applicants concerning their performance on the multiple mini interview.

Applications from one year are not held over to another year.

The MSc Speech-Language Pathology Program does not allow successful applicants to defer their start date.

There is no provision for advance standing or transfer into the MSc Speech-Language Pathology Program.

Applicants should understand that where it is discovered that any application information is false or misleading, or has been concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid, and the matter will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Integrity. If the student has already been admitted and registered, withdrawal from the university may be required, pending a university investigation.

Professionalism is an important requirement of the McMaster Speech-Language Pathology Program. In keeping with the standard of excellence required in our program, we expect applicants to the MSc(SLP) program to conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout all phases of the application process. Any and all interactions throughout the admissions process, where applicants are engaged with Speech-Language Pathology program staff, faculty, students, and/or community volunteers may be taken into consideration in making admissions decisions. Admission may be denied to applicants who, among other critical determinants, behave in a manner that is considered below the level of professionalism expected of similarly situated candidates, regardless of their academic standing or interview performance.

Important Dates


October 15, 2020 - ORPAS opens for applications
TBD - FHS Grad Programs Open House
January 8, 2021 - ORPAS application deadline
January 30, 2021 - initial transcripts due to ORPAS
March 2, 2021 - MMI offers will be sent out by this date ---- Please add to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
March 6-12 , 2021 - MMIs take place ONLINE for 2021
April 1, 2021 - Offers of admission sent out ---- Please add to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
April 15, 2021 - Expiry date for first-round offers
April 30, 2020 - Provisional acceptances become firm

Apply Now


Step 1: Pre-Planning

It is important to read the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Program (ORPAS) Student Guide for McMaster University before completing the application.
Read The Guidelines

Step 2: Application

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted with all required supporting documentation by the deadline. If the application is not complete or if supporting documents are not received by the required deadline, the application will not be considered.
Complete the Application