FAQs

  • Do I need to have a baccalaureate degree in order to enter into the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program?

    Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent in any field of study from an accredited post-secondary institution is required.

  • Does my undergraduate degree need to be in Kinesiology?

    No, your undergraduate degree does not need to be in Kinesiology. Your undergraduate degree may be in any field of study as long as it is a 4 year, 120 credit degree completed at an accredited University recognized by the University of Alberta.

  • I am currently completing a thesis-based Masters degree. Can I apply to complete the MScPT program while I complete my thesis?

    If you are interested in applying for the course-based Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program (MScPT), we strongly advise that you complete your thesis-based Masters prior to applying. The MScPt program is a full time, intensive program with long hours and placement requirements. It does not allow for the flexibility to complete your thesis while being immersed in the MScPT program.

  • Are there any prerequisites?

    Yes, you need to complete the following prerequisite courses. The anatomy course must be complete with final grade showing on your transcript at time of application. The other prerequisites can show as in-progress on your transcript at time of application.

    • English (3 credits) General course with assessment of reading, writing, literature and essay composition. Can be introductory level. Humanities or Social Science courses will not be accepted in lieu. Business Communication and Technical English courses are not acceptable.
    • Statistics (3 credits) General course covering basic statistical concepts and data analysis. PTHER 352 is one option.
    • Psychology (3 credits) Must be from a designated introductory/general Psychology course.
    • Humanities/Social Science (3 credits) For acceptable course subjects see 43.1.
    • Human Anatomy (3 credits) Must be a separate course focusing on gross HUMAN anatomy. PTHER 350 is the recommended course. Must be completed within five years of applying. Ie. If you are applying for the 2018 intake, your anatomy must be completed after January 2013 but before January 2018 
    • Human Physiology (6 credits) Must focus on HUMAN physiology.
    • Human Movement (3 credits) PTHER 351 is the recommended course. 
  • I am not sure that a particular course is a match for your prerequisites. How can I find out?

    Please see our Pre-Approved Anatomy Course List as well as our Pre-Approved Physiology Course list. If the courses you present are not on the pre-approved lists, you must have them pre-approved by sending an email with the course outilne to mscpt@ualberta.ca. If you do not have your Human Anatomy and Human Physiology pre-approved, you must submit your course outline with your application.

  • Do I need to complete my Human Anatomy and Human Physiology prerequisite courses within the most recent 2 years?

    We recommend that applicants complete their Human Anatomy and Human Physiology prerequisites within the most recent 2 years of application to the program for their own benefit. The Physical Therapy program requires a comprehensive background in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology in order to succeed. We have found that students who have taken their Anatomy and Physiology many years prior to starting in the program tend to struggle. As of 2017 admissions, it will be required that Anatomy be completed within the most recent 5 years. Please see the notes here for further information.

  • Do I need to have completed a full course load every year of my undergraduate degree in order to be admissible?

    No, Physical Therapy does not have a course load requirement for admission. We do however recommend that PT applicants complete at least one year of a full course load in their undergraduate degree. The work and course load in Physical Therapy is quite heavy and it is beneficial for the applicant to have an idea of what that is like and to determine if they can handle it.

  • How is my GPA calculated? What is the minimum GPA requirement?

    We determine your GPA by calculating your most recent 60 credits taken prior to February of the admission year (This calculation does not include physical activity or studio courses, practicums, field experience, or work terms). A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution is required, but the average competitive GPA for Alberta applicants is >3.6 and for non-Alberta applicants is >3.9.

  • Do you include Spring Summer courses in the GPA calculation

    Yes, if you completed Spring/Summer courses within the most recent 60 credits (prior to February of the admission year) then they would be included in your GPA calculation.

  • If I retake a course will it replace the initial grade in my GPA calculation?

    No, if both attempts at a course were completed within the most recent 60 credits (prior to February of the admission year) then the grades for both attempts would be included in the GPA calculation.

  • Do you conduct a GPA calculation on prerequisite courses?

    No, we do not conduct a separate GPA calculation on prerequisite courses. We only look to ensure that they have been successfully completed. As of 2017 admissions, the grade received in an applicants Anatomy prerequisite will be used in the assessment of admission. Please see the notes here for further information.

  • If I need to upgrade my GPA, do I need to take senior-level courses?

    If you are looking to upgrade your GPA to be competitive for admission to Physical Therapy, please ensure you take University level courses from an accredited institution. Those courses do not need to be in a specific field however, nor do they need to be at a senior level.

  • How long is the program?

    The program is approximately 28 months long and involves approximately 30 courses and 31 weeks of clinical placement. Academic and clinical courses are held throughout the calendar year.

  • How many students are accepted each year?

    We admit approximately 110 students each year.

  • How many applications are submitted each year?

    On average, approximately 700 applications are received each year.

  • When are the entry points into the program?

    The Summer term is the one and only entry point for the MSc PT program.

  • If I fulfill the minimum criteria of admission, what are my chances of entry?

    Fulfilling the minimum criteria only guarantees consideration for admission. All applicants meeting the application requirements are ranked based upon GPA and the top 30% (approximate) are then invited to participate in the interview. Following the interview, GPAs are re-ranked and the top applicants are offered admission to the program. Successful applicants tend to significantly exceed the admission criteria both quantitatively and qualitatively.

  • When will applicants be notified about the interview?

    The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for 2017 admission will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Invitations with time and location information will be sent out to qualifying applicants in late March.

  • Is any work experience required?

    Yes. Applicants need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or paid experience with individuals that have cognitive or physical disabilities. 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.

  • When is the admission deadline?

    Please see Application Process: Step by Step for current dates and deadlines.

  • What documents are required and when are they due?

    Please review the Application Process page on our website to review required documents for admission.

  • Is there an application fee, and if so, how do I pay it?

    Yes, there is a nonrefundable application fee of $100. You must pay it by credit card just prior to the final submission of your online application form.

  • Do I need to upload transcripts for work I completed at a vocational school?

    Yes, you must upload a transcript (front and back page) in pdf format from each university, college, technical school, etc. ever attended. This includes transfer, exchange, graduate level, part-time, distance programs, general interest courses and spring/summer sessions, even though you may or may not have received transfer credit at another institution.

  • What if my first language is not English?
    • - Applicants must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English as English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta. Physical Therapists within Canada require a high level of English language skills to effectively communicate with patients and other professionals.
    • - Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English may need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through an approved English language exam, or the completion of EAP 550 through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.
    • - To determine if you are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency, please review this list of Countries and Universities that are exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirement.
    • - The Department of Physical Therapy considers the following as the minimum requirement;
      • -- A TOEFL (paper based) score of 580. You must also complete a TSE with a score of at least 50
      • -- A TOEFL (internet based) score of 92 - no scale score less than 20
      • -- A TOEFL (computer based) score of 237
      • -- An IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with at least five on each band
      • -- For all other approved English language examinations the approved score is the minimum score accepted by FGSR. The Department of Physical Therapy also reserves the right to require further demonstration of English language proficiency (Section 203.2.4 of the University of Alberta Calendar).
      • -- Please be aware that scores more than two years old cannot be verified; therefore if your exam was completed more than two years ago you will be required to re-take the test.

    International applicants should review this presentation for further assistance.

  • Is there a residency requirement?

    Yes, preference will be given to Alberta residents. A minimum of 15% of seats will be offered to out-of-province or foreign applicants.

  • Are reference letters and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) requirements for this program?

    No, the Department of Physical Therapy does not require them. Please do not send in a CV or any reference letters.

  • How do I indicate which Campus I want to attend?

    You indicate your preferred location by completing the Site Preference Section of the Supplemental Application.

  • How will it be decided which location I attend?

    If your composite score following the MMI (interview) is high enough to be given an offer, the Department of Physical Therapy will make all reasonable efforts to make an offer to your preferred campus location. In the event all seats are filled at your preferred location by applicants with a higher composite score, you will be offered a seat at your second choice and given the option of being placed on a wait-list for your preferred location.

  • Should I check BearTracks to monitor the status of my application?

    No, the Department of Physical Therapy does not use BearTracks for admissions purposes. You can track the status of your application in the Graduate Studies online application portal.

  • How much are the fees?

    Check out this page.

  • Do international (visa) students pay more?

    A differential fee of 100% of all instructional fees is assessed to students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

    International applicants should review this presentation for further assistance.

  • Where do I send my documents?

    Do not mail in hard copies of your documents. Required documents must be uploaded in the Graduate Studies online application before the application deadline.