Master of Science


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.

Candidates for the MSc degree must have graduated with a minimum average of B+ in senior level courses in the final two years of a four-year degree program from a recognized University, with a strong undergraduate science background, including a course in research design and/or statistics. The four year degree may be in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology or a related field. Related fields include: nursing, psychology, sociology, social work, physical and health education, basic sciences, engineering, kinesiology etc.

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

Evidence of written and verbal proficiency in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English and must be demonstrated through the successful completion of 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:

  • REH 1100H | Introduction to Rehabilitation Research
  • REH 2001H | RSI MSc Seminar – Foundations of Professional Development; Students are expected to attend one year of MSc
  • one half course, at the graduate level, in Research Methodology and/or Statistics (This course can be taken outside of the department)
  • one additional half-course in area of research
  • a thesis successfully defended before the Thesis Examination Committee
  • attend and present at RSI Research Day (in Year 1 & Year 2)
  • submission of Annual Report

Minimum of 12 months of full-time study. Students should be aware that the completion of the thesis may take longer. Exceptional students may be considered for enrolment in a part-time program

Requirements are the same as for the full-time MSc program with the following exceptions:

  • Residency requirements are waived
  • Coursework must be completed within two years of initial registration
  • Program must be completed within five years of registration
  • Completion of an annual learning contract and program map planned with the supervisor
  • Part-time students should be aware that it is the student's responsibility to modify his or her work schedule to accommodate required coursework since course times are not flexible


MSc students who demonstrate outstanding potential for advanced research in the discipline may be recommended by their supervisory committee for a reclassification examination which, when passed, allows them transfer into the PhD program. Examination normally is undertaken following the completion of at least one session and within 18 months of registration in the MSc program.

Program Length

  • 2 years full-time

  • 5 years part-time

Time Limit

  • 3 years full-time

  • 6 years part-time