Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc)

Overview

The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals who wish to gain the knowledge to impact care and shape future practice.

You will learn how to:

  • design and execute knowledge translation plans to change outdated practices.
  • develop and deliver education programs for patients, and/or to equip colleagues with the knowledge and skills to improve care.
  • facilitate interprofessional reasoning for improved decision making.
  • plan and lead programs with change management strategies to quicken improvements and decrease costs.
  • choose effective methods to evaluate patient and program outcomes.
  • And much more based on your interests.

Unlike traditional thesis-based research master's programs, the MRSc offers a course-based degree or the option of combining courses and a work- or practice-based research project.

You can complete the MRSc degree while working full-time. This prevents any loss of income while pursuing graduate studies. Most learners choose to complete the degree within three to five years part-time. You can graduate in one year if you study full-time.

Please note, the MRSc is not an entry-level credential for rehabilitation practice in Canada or other countries: that is, completing the program does not enable you to practice as a health professional. The MRSc is an advanced degree for health professionals already working in rehabilitation.

What makes the program unique?

The UBC MRSc program was one of the first online post professional degree programs designed for rehabilitation health professionals in Canada. The program is designed with working rehabilitation professionals in mind, offering fully online courses and flexible learning with full or part-time study options. The program has over a decade of evidence demonstrating:

  • Practical learning that’s applied immediately to practice & benefits workplaces;
  • Confidence gained as research & leadership skills develop and evidence informs practice,
  • Revitalized careers and opportunities for growth and new directions;
  • Connections with professionals around the world;
  • Inter-professional learning fostering collaboration;
  • Accessible learning that fits busy lives and careers

Quick Facts

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Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

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.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

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:

108
26
28
26
23
7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

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:

The GRE is not required.

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.

Supervision

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

Completion of a recognized four-year baccalaureate degree in a health profession from an accredited academic institution, or a UBC-recognized equivalent, that qualifies you to provide health services to patients or clients in a rehabilitation health care setting.

Other Requirements

Applicants must be practicing health professionals in a regulated health or human services disciplines who have a minimum of three (3) years of rehabilitation work experience in a health care setting where they have their own caseload, and assess and treat patients independently. Experience is not limited by setting and may include community / home health practice, private practice, hospital-based, industry, schools, rehabilitation centres, etc.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Research Information

Research Focus

The focus of MRSc learners’ research is to explore issues impacting practice in the workplace.

Past students have pursued diverse areas of research, including:

- Parents’ experiences of role negotiation in family-centred care;
- Identifying an effective education and learning model for clinicians;
- Comparison of diagnosis and recommended care by a physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeon;
- Admission, discharge, and follow-up support in dementia units;
- Parents’ and caregivers’ perceived stroke education needs in inpatient rehabilitation

Application Notes

For more application information please revisit the MRSc Requirements section on our website. It is advised that you have the MRSc Application Process page open as you are completing the application.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 May 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 May 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 May 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 May 2021

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 October 2021

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Tuition per credit$435.14$465.81
Other Fees and Costs
Student FeesVary
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

Program Funding Packages

The MRSc is a part-time professional degree program for practicing health professionals, therefore no scholarships or bursaries are available.

Employer support

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.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

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.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

The MRSc degree prepares learners for further professional opportunities and roles, such as: expert practitioner, clinical educator, practice lead, healthcare manage, or consultant in program evaluation.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20192018201720162015
Applications2534242033
Offers2013131729
New registrations1613131627
Total enrolment5958667178
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 10 March 2020]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Further Program Information

Specialization

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science (MSc) is designed to prepare individuals to conduct research independently and in collaboration with other scientists. Students will investigate an area of research relevant to rehabilitation through critical analysis of problems related to basic sciences, clinical practice, or to development of theory.

The Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals and to enhance interdisciplinary practice. Unlike traditional thesis-based research master’s programs, the MRSc is a combination of courses and a work- or practice-based research project. The MRSc allows you to obtain a master’s degree without interrupting your work.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focuses on the discipline of rehabilitation sciences, the study of providing treatment and education to persons with temporary or permanent disability to return them to maximum function, well-being and personally-satisfying levels of independence.

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January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2020
International Applicant Deadline
30 September 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 April 2021
International Applicant Deadline
30 April 2021

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2021
International Applicant Deadline
30 September 2021

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