Rehabilitation Science

The Rehabilitation Science Graduate programs at the University of Alberta graduate researchers who use their curiosity to generate original ideas, develop sound research methods to answer relevant questions, and think broadly and critically about problems and questions related to rehabilitation. Graduates are adaptable and flexible in their thinking; they are excellent collaborators and communicators. Graduates use their knowledge, skills, and attributes to be leaders in rehabilitation research, partnering with health systems and policy advocates, and most importantly with people who seek to improve their quality of life through rehabilitation. Graduates utilize their transferable skills to work in academic and non-academic settings.

What is Rehabilitation Science

Rehabilitation Science is an inherently multidisciplinary field, attracting students from basic and social sciences, engineering, medicine, kinesiology, rehabilitation and a wide range of clinical professional backgrounds.

Rehabilitation scientists do research designed to help people engage fully in their lives - through the development and testing of strategies to enhance and optimize movement, communication, and everyday physical function and mental health.

Our Rehabilitation Science programs prepare graduates for roles leading and collaborating in research in Rehabilitation Science and related areas. Graduates also contribute in leadership positions in health care management, business, and provincial and federal civil service.

Application Deadline Extended

NOTE: The deadline for applications to the MSc and PhD Rehabilitation Science programs (for Fall 2020) has been extended to June 1. Applications will be reviewed at two time points: after April 15 (the original application deadline) and after June 1.

Information for Incoming Rehabilitation Science Students

At this uncertain time, we wanted to answer questions regarding admissions for Fall 2020, and make you aware of options regarding your admission. 

What if I’m not able to get to Edmonton in September?
  • If you are admitted but are not able to get to Edmonton by September, you could start the program and complete at least one of your core courses, wherever you are. As a reminder, core courses for Rehabilitation Science students include Rehab 500 and Rehab 512/600. Rehab 500 is a course taken by Master’s students and PhD students who are required to do an in lieu of thesis (i.e., those who did a course based master’s and did not write a thesis in their Master’s program). Rehab 512/600 is a course that both MSc and PhD students take. Over the last year, we have fully re-developed Rehab 500 and Rehab 512/600 to be offered in an online format. This change to online delivery was planned before COVID 19 to allow flexible learning opportunities for students. Both courses will be offered in Fall 2020. If this option works for you, you would be able to meet remotely with your supervisor in Fall 2020 and join us in person in January 2021. 
  • If you are admitted but are not able to get to Edmonton by September, you also have the option of deferring your admission for up to a year.
For those of you who are in Edmonton or can come to Edmonton, you can start the program as you normally would.If you have questions regarding admissions, please contact Angela Libutti (Academic Advisor) at for the MSc program and  for the PhD program.