Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Graduates of the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program promote 'Movement and Function for Life'. The first graduates, in 1964, received a "certificate course in Physical Medicine Therapy". Following multiple shifts through the years, the first class of the MPT program graduated in 2006. In 2007, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC was dissolved and The Division of Physical Therapy became the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine.
Using the Lifespan approach, the major areas of study in the 26 month MPT program include: basic sciences, clinical decision making, clinical practice (musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory), exercise and movement sciences, and rehabilitation research. Additionally, students experience a total of 1080 'hands-on' clinical hours over six clinical placements in diverse aspects of clinical care. The evidence-based curriculum is structured to promote critical thinking, develop problem solving skills, promote teamwork and collaboration, and empower students to be lifelong learners.
In a partnership between UBC and University of Northern British Columbia, and with provincial funding in place, a Northern and Rural Cohort within the MPT program was created in 2011/2012. This allows for expansion of the clinical education component of the MPT program to fulfill UBC’s role as BC's provincial Physical Therapy educational program, and to contribute to increasing clinical capacity in northern and rural areas of BC.
What makes the program unique?
The Department of Physical Therapy provides an outstanding learning environment and leads in innovative research to advance physical therapy practice globally. The Department is well known for its high standards and excellent faculty. Both academic and external faculty are recipients of prestigious teaching awards, providing an excellent learning environment.
The MPT Program has been accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, and has a strong relationship with the clinical community. The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia are involved in the planning and operations of the MPT program. Both organizations participate by teaching content related to regulation, professionalism, licensing and other topics that reflect the College and the professional association mandates. In addition, they support student involvement on their respective Boards and committees.
In 2009, the Fraser Health Authority and the Department of Physical Therapy established an agreement to enable the opening of the first student-run physiotherapy outpatient clinic in B.C. at Royal Columbian Hospital. This provides an exceptional opportunity for Physical Therapy students to advance their skills in an interdisciplinary setting while providing rehabilitation services to the community. Since 2009 other clinics have opened in a range of health care settings.
The MPT program is located in a state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Vancouver. Cameras and large screen monitors in labs allow for all students to have the best seat in the house when observing demonstrations of even the most detailed subjects. Additionally, students have access to a modern rehabilitation gymnasium which features state of the art exercise equipment with performance measurement capabilities.
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Admission Information & Requirements
In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.
English Language Test
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Other Test Scores
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
Letters of Reference
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Criminal Record Check
Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.
Prior degree requirements
Recognized baccalaureate degree in any field (120 credits).
Prerequisites / Course Requirements
Prerequisite courses in Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology.
Minimum of 70 volunteer hours or work experience with people with disabilities.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
Primary consideration is given to residents of British Columbia, those out of province students who have completed a Bachelors degree or higher in BC within the last five years, and applicants who are residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut. Applicants are considered BC Residents if they hold a currently valid BC CareCard or BC Services Card at the time of application to the program. Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories are treated as BC residents and will be required to provide equivalent documentation to the BC residency requirement. By the application deadline, applicants must submit a scanned copy or photocopy of their BC CareCard or BC Services Card. The Admissions Office reserves the right to contact applicants for further information or documentation, if required, to clarify BC residency status.
We can currently accept up to 10% of all incoming students from out of Province.
Beginning with the September 2016 entrance, the Department of Physical Therapy will accept up to 8 international students per year into the Master of Physical Therapy program.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$2,157.22||$13,113.93|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Supplementary fees (once)||$116.25 Supplemental application fee|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$944.51 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Financial aid (need-based funding)
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Foreign government scholarships
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
Working while studying
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats
These statistics show data for the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Further Program Information
Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement. Common movement disorders result from impairment of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Following assessment of their clients, physical therapists often use physical agents such as therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation to increase muscle strength and function, reduce pain, promote general health and fitness, and prevent disability. As specialists in movement dysfunction, physical therapists also provide expertise in human mobility, carefully analyzing gait patterns and prescribing treatment regimens or devices (such as braces, crutches, or wheelchairs) to enable clients to move independently through their environments.