Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Rehabilitation Science
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
Online / Distance (100%)
Registration options
Full or Part-time
Specialization
Rehabilitation Sciences
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
 

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  • design and execute knowledge translation plans to change outdated practices.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
 

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.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

108
26
28
26
23

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

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.

Funding Sources

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

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.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Tuition per course$1,230.14$1,254.40
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. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications2033242518
Offers1729231813
New registrations1627211611
Total enrolment7178605561

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 78% based on 58 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 47 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.32 years and the maximum time is 5.66 years with an average of 3.59 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Backman, Catherine (occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being)
  • Boyd, Lara (What therapies positively alter patterns of brain activity after stroke)
  • Campbell, Kristin (Exercise, cancer prevention, cancer rehabilitation, cancer survivorship, physical activity, biomarkers, energy balance, obesity )
  • Eng, Janice (Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain)
  • Forwell, Susan (Neurological conditions and their impact on chosen occupations)
  • Guenette, Jordan (exercise physiology, respiratory physiology, respiratory diseases, sport performance )
  • Holsti, Liisa (premature infants, neurodevelopment, stress, pain , measurement, technology transfer, sucrose, rehabilitation, pediatrics)
  • Hunt, Michael Anthony (biomechanics, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, physical activity, exercise)
  • Jarus, Tal (Motor learning with an emphasis on skill acquisition, retention and generalization, occupational performance, participation, health and well-being)
  • Li, Linda (Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health & digital media, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research - knowledge translation and implementation)
  • Liu-Ambrose, Teresa (Healthy Aging, Mobility, Falls, Brain Healh)
  • Miller, William (disabled people with respect to mobility (wheelchairs); influence of self-efficacy with respect to participation in daily activity, social activity and general quality of life especially among disabled adults and elderly; wheelchair prescription, performance and function; outcome measurement in health care, Use of power wheelchairs, fatigue, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation)
  • Mortenson, Ben (Accessibility, Ageing, Assistive technology, Mobility, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Rehabilitation, Outcome measures, Quality of life, Robotics)
  • Nimmon, Laura (Qualitative research, Social network analysis, Healthcare team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care)
  • Scott, Alexander (musculoskeletal, sports medicine, physiotherapy, physical therapy, orthopaedics)
  • Virji-Babul, Naznin (Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling) )

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January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2017
International Applicant Deadline
30 September 2017

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