Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc)
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- design and execute knowledge translation plans to change outdated practices.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
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
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.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
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.
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.
The MRSc is a part-time professional degree program for practicing health professionals, therefore no scholarships or bursaries are available.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Tuition per course||$1,254.74||$1,292.04|
|Other Fees and Costs|
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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, occupational therapy)
Barbic, Skye (mental health, measurement , recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory, Implementation Science, Patient Engagement, Supported Employment, Individual Placement Support, assessment, health and well-being, metrology, occupational therapy, youth)
Boyd, Lara (Motor learning, Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration , Motor System, Learning, Neurophysiology)
Camp, Patricia (diagnosis and management of individuals with chronic lung disease, including patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD))
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, Patient engagement, Knowledge translation, Implementation science)
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa (Healthy Aging, Mobility, Falls, Brain Health)
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, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics)
Nimmon, Laura (Social science, Social network analysis, Team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care, Collaborative pratice)
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) )
Zwicker, Jill (brain development and motor impairment throughout childhood; Pediatrics, Human Development, Research Methods)