MSc in Rehabilitation Science

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).  

  • Admission

    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:

    1. A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, or a previous clinical degree (BSc or MSc) in a rehabilitation discipline or a related field;
    2. 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;
    3. acceptable scores on an approved test of competency in the English language. See full FRM Policies and Procedures manual for details;
    4. identified faculty member within the FRM who has agreed to supervise the applicant;
    5. three reference letters from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and research potential and capabilities;
    6. a current curriculum vitae; and
    7. write a short description of the research interests you discussed with your potential supervisor. Explain how the proposed research relates to your career goals, listing your academic, research and professional plans.  Talk about how your background (academic training and work experience) make you a suitable candidate to complete research in this field. Also, discuss why you’ve chosen to apply to the Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Alberta (word limit 500 words).

    The final decision regarding suitability/acceptability of the applicant for the MSc program in rehabilitation science lies with the RS-Graduate Programs Committee. The final decision regarding admission of an acceptable applicant to the MSc program lies with the FGSR.

  • Components of Program
    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 ethics and 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. 
  • Courses
    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.  
  • Length of Program
    The optimal time period for completion of the program is two years. A maximum of four years is permitted for completion. 
  • Residency Requirement
    The residence requirement of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) is satisfied by full-time registration (9 credit hours/term) for two four-month terms of study and research at the University of Alberta.
  • Student Funding Opportunities

    Financial assistance is available from several sources, and students should work with their supervisors to create a funding package that will support them throughout their programs. Funding is not guaranteed by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FRM). The following are common sources of financial support for MSc students:

    Graduate Research Assistantships
    A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available to support master's students. These funds are designed to provide temporary financial support until students receive scholarships and awards to fund their programs. 

    Scholarships and Awards
    MSc students are expected to apply, with the help of their supervisors, for provincial and national funding with agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Innovates. Students and supervisors are encouraged to read the information about these and numerous other awards in the University of Alberta Calendar on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) website under “Awards and Funding” and in the FGSR Graduate Program Manual.

    Supervisor Funding
    Some supervisors provide funding to their MSc students through research grants. Students are encouraged to explore such options with their supervisors upon admission and throughout their programs.