Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Physical Therapy

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To see a program overview and learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, review the Physical Therapy Program page.

Physical Therapy is a Graduate Studies program. Admission to Physical Therapy requires the completion of an undergraduate or bachelor's degree. This means you must complete a first degree, with some required courses and additional requirements before applying to this program. Before you choose your courses, decide on what you would like your first degree to be. Then refer to that faculty page in the First Year Planning Guide for the courses you will need for that program, followed by the Physical Therapy requirements. For a list of alternate course options and second year requirements, visit the Physical Therapy eligibility page.

M.P.T. Master of Physical Therapy

Courses Required in First Degree Credit Hours
BIOL 1410 Anatomy of the Human Body 3
BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body 3
BIOL 1000 Foundations of Life or
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology 6
FMLY 1010 Human Development in the Family or
PSYC 2290 Child Development
PSYC 3070 Adult Development 3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis or
PSYC 2250 Introduction to Psychological Research
ENGL 1200 (W) Representative Literary Works or
ENLG 1300 (W) Literature Since 1900, or both
ENGL 1340 (W) Introduction to Literary Analysis and
ENGL 1400 (W) Thematic Approaches to the Study of Literature



  • Admission to Physical Therapy requires an undergraduate degree. When choosing courses for first year, please also reference the requirements of your intended first degree, as outlined in this guide.
  • Other courses may be considered to fulfill the course requirements listed in the chart. Refer to the Physical Therapy Eligibility Requirements page for the most up-to-date information.
  • Statistical analysis and research courses from departments other than Statistics may be considered on an individual basis in lieu of STAT 1000 (M).
  • BIOL 1000 (BIOL 1020), BIOL 1410, BIOL 1412, and PSYC 1200 are recommended to take in your first year as this is the best opportunity to obtain space in introductory level courses. PSYC 1200 is the prerequisite to PSYC 2290 and PSYC 3070, also listed in the chart.
  • Statistical analysis and research courses from departments other than Statistics may be considered on an individual basis in lieu of STAT 1000 (M).
  • Consider taking HEAL 1600 Health and Health Professions as an elective in your first degree.


Plan to transit or apply to another faculty after completing University 1.

Minimum Credit Hours: 90 credit hours with the completion of any type of undergraduate degree with required courses. See the Physical Therapy website for details and the complete eligibility requirements.
Minimum Course Load: Undergraduate studies may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, however, students must complete one Regular Session (September - April) containing a minimum of 24 credit hours. All required prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31st of the year prior to application.
W Requirement: Refer to the admission and course requirements of your first degree. ENGL 1200 (W) or substitutions meets the W requirement.
M Requirement: Refer to the admission and course requirements of your first degree. STAT 1000 (M) meets the M requirement.
Minimum GPA: 3.25 on the last 60 credit hours of study and a grade of 'B' or better in each of the required prerequisite courses. Admission is competitive - a higher than minimum GPA is often required and varies each year depending on the applicant pool.  View previous admission statistics online.  
Additional Requirements:


Selection Criteria:

A combination of grades (60%) and interview (40%). Eligible applicants will be considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Manitoba Residents.
  2. Canadians who reside in other provinces or territories.

Canadian Indigenous applicants who meet all admission requirements will be given priority for up to 15% of the available spaces.


  • Math 40S minimum 50% required (Pre-Calculus or Applied Math recommended).
  • Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, English 40S, and Physics 30S, and/or 40S recommended.
  • If taking BIOL 1020, Biology 40S, and one of Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S, minimum 50% required. 


  • 5 years - completion of first degree (minimum 90 credit hours) plus 2 years in Physical Therapy.


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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide