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Physiotherapy Program

Program at a Glance

The Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) Program offered at McMaster University is a 24-month full time, entry-to-practice program. This program utilizes problem-based, small group, self-directed learning.

Physiotherapy Program Website:

How to Apply

Apply to the PT programs through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS)

Admission Requirements

  • 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (B+ or 77% or 9/12) in the last two (2) years or 60 units of university academic study.
    • The degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured.
  • Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.
    • Applicants who apply in their fourth year of their degree program must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements prior to June 30, of the year they apply in.
    • GPA would include 4th year grades up to December (4th year Fall term).
  • Applicants who have graduated from a three-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits) must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply.  For example:
    • An additional 30 units/credits (in addition to a three-year degree) are required to total 120 units/credits.
    • Contained within the 120 units/credits, 18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above; and,
    • A minimum average of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of university course work.
  • Pre-requisites
    • Applicants are required to record their pre-requisite courses on the ORPAS Pre-requisite Module. All pre-requisites must have a grade of 3.3/4.0 or B+ or 77% or 9/12 or higher.
    • Pre-requisite grades submitted below the minimum will not be accepted and the application would be deemed ineligible.
    • The MSc Physiotherapy admission pre-requisites include:
      • One ½ credit (3 units) human anatomy course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) human physiology course OR one full credit (6 units) human anatomy and physiology course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) statistics course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) humanities course.
    • Pre-requisite courses must be completed at an accredited university-level.
      • A group of college credits, transferred to a University transcript, will not be accepted.
      • Transfer credits that provide a grade of Pass/Fail cannot be used for a pre-requisite credit.
      • Social science courses will not be accepted as a humanities submission.


  • The following courses are not included in the GPA calculation:
  • Practicums, placements, internships and activity courses
  • Ontario Bachelor of Education degrees
  • College courses
  • Challenge for credit courses
  • Diploma or certificate programs

Indigenous Applicants

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) Applicants

Indigenous applicants who have a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) with a minimum GPA of B+ (77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0), calculated using the last 60 units/credits of university course work, the required prerequisites (see prerequisite tab) and who have completed the Self-Identification Application, will be invited to complete the Kira Talent (Video Interview Platform) assessment.

Each year, up to six (6) year 1 positions will be designated for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants.

In accordance with the Self-Identification Policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants who wish to apply are to complete the supplementary Self-Identification Application.  Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found here

Applicants wishing to apply to the MSc (PT) program with the Indigenous-specific requirements, must complete the following:

Go the ORPAS website to complete your application and submit fees

Go the McMaster University’s Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) to read and complete the Self-Identification Application.

Please note, only endorsed FIAP applications will be reviewed under the Indigenous-specific criteria for admissions to the MSc (PT) program.