Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences

General Description of Program

The Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program is designed to provide research training to individuals in the field of rehabilitation. The program requires the completion of coursework and a research-based thesis, which entails the completion of an original scientific study in rehabilitation.

General information about Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba can be found at

This program is not a professional entry-level program for occupational therapy, physical therapy or respiratory therapy. For information on each of these programs, please select one of the following links:

Occupational Therapy | Physical Therapy | Respiratory Therapy

Program of Study

The Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences program requires a total of 12 credit hours of course work, normally consisting of the completion of four 3 credit hour or half courses, in addition to the completion of a research-based thesis. The courses are selected with the approval of your advisor. A list of courses offered within the College of Rehabilitation Sciences is found at: Also other course offerings can be found in the Academic Calendar & Catalog.

The thesis requires the completion of an original scientific study by the student. The student is required to formally propose and defend the thesis research, and complete a written thesis. There are general thesis guidelines provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and thesis guidelines  provided by the M.Sc. Program. In addition, there are supplementary regulations (PDF) governing our program that students should become familiar with.


Students can be admitted to the regular program as full- or part-time. More information can be found under Section 1.4 Student Status/Categories of Students in the Academic Guide.

Student Requirements

Four year Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy or related discipline (kinesiology, biomedical engineering, exercise science, etc.) with a minimum grade point average of 3 (B) in the last two years of study. Prospective students are encouraged to read the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Guide prior to application as well as Policy on the Responsibilities of Academic Staff with Regard to Students.

Students must identify and have approval from an advisor for admission into the program. Prospective students should contact the advisor to seek approval prior to submitting an application. Application form

Occasional Students

Students can be admitted to the program as occasional students (see Section 1.4 Student Status/Categories of Students) in order to enroll in a limited number of courses. Admission as an occasional student does not ensure admission into the regular program. A limited number of courses taken as an occasional student may be transferred for regular program with approval of the Chair of the Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences Program and the student's advisor or advisory committee.

Admission Process and Deadlines

Prospective students are required to identify and seek approval from a Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences Advisor, prior to applying for admission into the program.

Please see the list of Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences Advisors,here.

Applicants to the Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences program who have not contacted an Advisor and been granted approval by that Advisor, may not be eligible for admission.

For additional information regarding the Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences program, email:  

The Faculty of Graduate Studies Admissions web pages contain important information regarding the necessary components of an application (transcripts, reference letters, English language proficiency, etc.). The fee structure is also referenced from this page.

All applications should be forwarded to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Admissions
Re: Application to the Master of Science: Rehabilitation Sciences Program
University of Manitoba
500 University Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Application deadlines are as follows:

Deadline for September start date: June 1
Deadline for January start date: October 1
Deadline for September start date: March 1
Deadline for January start date: July 1


Updated November, 2015


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