Doctor of Philosophy

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Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below.

An applicant must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor may want to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute's additional admission requirements stated below

  • PhD applicants must have graduated with a minimum A- from a relevant (i.e. MScOT; MScPT, MSc. (i.e. Rehab) thesis based master’s program. Students may be counselled prior to admission and provided with materials regarding potential PhD supervisors. Applicants will be required to submit along with their application a letter of intent, two confidential reference letters that indicate the applicant’s preparation and competence to conduct research, and Curriculum Vitae

  • Well-qualified students with excellent research potential holding a BSc degree may be considered for direct admission to the PhD program. These applicants must:

    • have a minimum A+/A average (GPA 4.0) in an undergraduate program from a recognized university;

    • have previous relevant research experience, outstanding references, and a personal recommendation from a potential supervisor

  • An applicant must identify a faculty member who has agreed to serve as research supervisor. The research supervisor may want to examine a completed thesis and/or manuscripts and university transcripts

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English by completing one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the TWE

      • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum score of 87

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency

    • U of T School of Continuing Studies academic preparation: see General Regulations, 4.3 English-Language Proficiency

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements listed below:

  • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs as follows:

    • REH 3100H | Advanced Rehabilitation Research Issues; if an equivalent was not taken at the master’s level

    • REH 3001Y | Rehabilitation Presentations & Proceedings; (expected to attend first 2 years of PhD program, CR/NCR). Students remain enrolled and are encouraged to attend until the completion of the degree (NOTE: students in SLP are exempted from this course)

    • An Advanced Research Methods course

    • One additional half course, at a graduate level, related to the field of study,  (NOTE: for SLP students only)

    • Students in SLP are required to attend the bi-weekly SLP Research Colloquia

  • A comprehensive examination, with written and oral components, to be taken in the first 18 months of the program (2.5 years for direct-entry students).

  • Complete and defend a thesis.

  • Participate in student and faculty research seminars in addition to their regular course requirements.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Direct Entry

Students in all fields who are admitted on the basis of a bachelor's degree must complete the following course requirements in addition to those listed above:

  • REH 1100H Theory and Research in Rehabilitation Science

  • REH 1130H Theory and Research in Occupational Science or REH 1140H Theory and Research in Physical Therapy

  • ​REH 1120H Research Methods for Rehabilitation Science

Program Length

  • 4 years full-time

  • 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

  • 6 years full-time

  • 7 years direct-entry