Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are for DOMESTIC applicants only. Domestic applicants are those who hold Canadian permanent residency or citizenship at the time of the application deadline. Click here for the admission requirements for INTERNATIONAL applicants.

For a general overview of the application process, please visit our MPT Admissions Guide.

Applicants for the Master of Physical Therapy program must meet the admissions requirements outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies and the Department of Physical Therapy in order to be eligible for admission to the program. The Master of Physical Therapy admissions process consists of two parts: the application and an interview. Applicants must first meet the minimum admission requirements in order to be eligible for interview consideration. Once eligible applications are evaluated, qualified applicants will be selected to interview. Final admission decisions are made based on both a candidate’s overall application and the interview. Annual enrollment for the Master of Physical Therapy program is limited to 80 seats for domestic students, in addition to a maximum of 8 seats for international students.

In order to be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements as set out by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies
  2. Completion of a recognized 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent in any field from an approved institution. If you are unsure if your institution is acceptable, please contact mpt.admissions@ubc.ca no later than November 1 2017 for applications for the September 2018 entrance.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of Volunteer and/or Paid Work Experience completed across no more than 2 facilities.
  4. Successful completion of the Prerequisite Requirements including Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of a B grade (72% at UBC) in each prerequisite course. In order to be considered for admission to the MPT program, applicants must have completed their prerequisites by the end of December before the application deadline.  Applications that do not meet the 72% in every prerequisite course indicated on the prerequisite form will not be considered for an interview.
  5. Applicants who have completed a degree in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English Competency at the time of application.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a recognized 4 year Bachelor's degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent from an approved institution in any field. Applicants who are currently completing a Bachelor's degree are eligible for admission provided that they submit their final official transcript confirming conferral of their degree before they begin the program. If you are unsure if your institution is approved, please contact mpt.admissions@ubc.ca no later than November 1 2017 for applications for the September 2018 entrance.

The Masters of Physical Therapy program considers students from a variety of backgrounds. No preference is given to any particular field of Bachelor's degree.

Applicants are required to have completed a MINIMUM of 70 hours of volunteer or paid work experience which includes direct contact involving interaction with persons with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities at no more than two facilities. These hours must be completed by the application deadline. Work as a receptionist or clerical experience does not meet this requirement.

In addition to satisfying the minimum academic requirements outlined by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, applicants must also have achieved:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ (76% at UBC) range in all senior level (300 and 400 level) courses
  • A minimum grade of B (72% at UBC) in each prerequisite course

Applicants are required to have completed the prerequisite courses listed below and have achieved a minimum grade of B (72% at UBC) in each course. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must complete their prerequisite courses by December 31 2017 for applications for September 2018 entrance. Final official transcripts that include all completed prerequisite courses must be submitted by the application document submission deadline of January 15 2018. Applications will not be considered if final grades for prerequisite courses are not submitted before the application deadline. Applications that contain any prerequisites that fall below the 72% minimum will not be considered for interviews for any reason.

Applicants are required to have completed all of the following prerequisites. A minimum grade of B (72% at UBC) is required in each prerequisite course. 

Human Physiology - 6 credits in Human Physiology. A two term/full-year 6 credits course in Human Physiology or two 3 credit courses. Joint Anatomy/Physiology courses (ie UBC’s KIN 190 and 191) are deemed as 3 credits of Anatomy and 3 credits of Human Physiology.  If you are using joint Anatomy/Physiology towards the prerequisites, you must have an additional 3 credits of Human Physiology, such as upper level Human Physiology, or an Exercise Physiology course. You can NOT use a lower level, basic Human Physiology course in combination with joint Anatomy/Physiology courses.

Recommended courses: Please check the Approved Human Physiology Prerequisite Courses for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement. Topics covered in prerequisite:  Courses that are categorized as basic physiology courses are introductory courses solely based on human physiology and contain the following topics: properties of the living cell; neural, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism, reproduction and homeostasis. Courses that are categorized as advanced physiology courses are higher level physiology courses that cover topics in more detail, for example any course in exercise physiology.

Anatomy - 3 credits (or 1 term/half-year) in Human Anatomy.

Recommended courses: Please check the Approved Human Anatomy Prerequisite Courses for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement. Topics covered in prerequisite: Anatomy courses must cover gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral and neurological systems. Please note, CAPS 390 from UBC (an equivalent courses) are no longer acceptable towards the Anatomy prerequisite requirements.

Statistics - 3 credits (or 1 term/half-year) in Statistics.

Recommended courses: Any of the following UBC courses OR courses that are transferable to the following UBC courses satisfy this requirement: STAT 200, 203, BIOL 300, COMM 312, 291, ECON 325, EPSE 482, 483, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, POLI 380, PSYC 218, 366, SOCI 328. HMKN 205 from UBCO also satisfies this requirement. AP or IB credits can be used to cover this prerequisite - please see below for minimum requirements.

Topics covered in prerequisite: Content should include statistical methods, probability theory, discrete and continuous random variables, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, analysis or variance, goodness of fit, confidence intervals, elementary non-parametric methods, exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and contingency tables variances.

Psychology - 3 credits (or 1 term/half-year) in Psychology. Any course offered by the Department of Psychology at your institution or UBC KIN 231 (taken before 2016S) or its equivalent will satisfy this requirement.

Recommended courses: Only courses that are offered by the Department of Psychology at your institution OR courses that are transferable to UBC Psychology courses OR UBC's KIN 231 (if taken before 2016S). AP or IB credits can be used to cover this prerequisite - please see below for minimum requirements.

English - 3 credits (or 1 term/half-year) of 1st year university level English.

Recommended courses: UBC's ENGL 112 or ASTU150/WRDS 150 or its equivalent. Any first-year transferable English course will meet this requirement. Please check the BC Transfer Guide for equivalencies. AP or IB credits can be used to cover this prerequisite - please see below for minimum requirements.

Topics covered in prerequisite: The course must have an assessment of reading, writing and essay composition and must be taken at university or college level. Courses in Humanities and/or Social Science will not be accepted.

Physics - Physics 12 (or out-of-province equivalent Grade 12 physics) OR 3 credits of ANY university level Physics. Courses taken via https://www.learnnowbc.ca/ that are a grade 12 level are acceptable towards the prerequisite.

*Athabasca’s PHYS 210- Conceptual Physics can be used towards this prerequisite requirement.

Notes and Exceptions: We do not require that the course you complete has a lab component. Bio-mechanics is NOT accepted to cover this prerequisite. AP or IB credits can be used to cover this prerequisite - please see below for minimum requirements.

Beginning with applications for the September 2016 program intake the Master of Physical Therapy program no longer requires a Chemistry prerequisite course.

Beginning with applications for the September 2016 program intake the Master of Physical Therapy program will require an English prerequisite course (see above).

If you are unsure if your course satisfies a certain prerequisite, please refer to the "Prerequisite Course Review Requests" section below.

Prerequisite Course Review Requests must be received by November 1 2017 for applications for September 2018 entrance.  Final approval of prerequisite courses rests with the admissions office in the Department of Physical Therapy and may only be available after your application has been submitted and evaluated.

 

Before submitting a request, please review the following information to determine if your course satisfies the prerequisite requirements. The admissions office will not process any request that can be assessed by the applicant themselves by using the BC Transfer Guide, by checking the Anatomy Prerequisites Chart and Physiology Prerequisite Chart or by simply reading the prerequisites section above.

For courses taken in BC:

  1. If it is a course that will satisfy either the Anatomy or Human Physiology prerequisite requirements, please refer to the Anatomy Prerequisites Chart or the Physiology Prerequisite Chart.
  2. Please review the "Recommended courses" section above and then consult the BC Transfer Guideto determine if your course will transfer to a course listed that satisfies the requirement.
  3. If you are unable to determine whether your course satisfies the prerequisite requirement, submit a Prerequisite Course Review Request using the Request Form. Do not email your request. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary course outlines. Please note that the course outline must include an outline of the course content, a course schedule that shows the topics reviewed each week, the grade distribution and the format of the course.

For courses taken at an out-of-province Canadian institution:

  1. If it is a course that will satisfy either the Anatomy or Human Physiology prerequisite requirements, please refer to the Anatomy Prerequisites Chart or the Physiology Prerequisite Chart.
  2. You may assess if your course will satisfy the prerequisite requirement by comparing the course syllabus to the "Topics covered in prerequisite" section above.
  3. If you are unable to determine whether your course satisfies the prerequisite requirement, submit a Prerequisite Course Review Request using the Request Form. Do not email your request. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary course outlines. Please note that the course outline must include an outline of the course content, a course schedule that shows the topics reviewed each week, the grade distribution and the format of the course.

For courses taken at International institutions

  1. If the Institution's primary language of instruction is English, please submit a Prerequisite Course Review Request using the Request Form. Do not email your request. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary course outlines. Please note that the course outline must include an outline of the course content, a course schedule that shows the topics reviewed each week, the grade distribution and the format of the course.
  2. If the Institution's primary language of instruction is in a language other than English or if the course outline requires translation into English, please submit a Prerequisite Course Review Request using the Request Formand include a certified English translation of the course outline. Please note that the course outline must include an outline of the course content, a course schedule that shows the topics reviewed each week, the grade distribution and the format of the course. Do not email your request.

Before an application is evaluated, it will first be screened for eligibility for admission based on the minimum admission requirements as outlined above. If an applicant has met the minimum eligibility requirements for admission, their application will be evaluated and a competitive MPT Admissions GPA will be calculated.

The Competitive MPT Admissions GPA will include:

  • An applicant's prerequisite courses in Anatomy, Human Physiology, Statistics and Psychology
  • An applicant's most recent 30 credits of valid university senior level (300, 400, 500 level) academic courses

The admissions office will include summer, part-time, intercession, correspondence, exchange, failed and re-taken courses taken within or beyond an applicant's 4-year undergraduate degree. Please note that senior level courses used to cover prerequisite requirements will only be counted once as part of the GPA calculation and will not be used a second time should they fall within the last 30 credits of senior level courses taken. Since different universities and colleges have varying grade point scales, all grades will be converted to percentage using internal grade conversion tables and/or information found on the back of official transcripts.

  • For applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent residents, submitted transcripts must include the grades of all courses scheduled to be completed by December 31 2017. The calculation will start with the applicant’s final upper level course and will move back in chronological order based on the order of the courses listed on the official transcript. Practicum courses, clinical placements, thesis courses, fieldwork courses and non-convertible grades (e.g. pass/fail) will not be included in the calculation. In the case where an applicant has not yet completed the required 30 senior level credits by December 31, the academic average of all courses taken in the term or session that the last upper level credit appears, will be determined by the admissions office.  This average will then be used in the GPA calculation for the remaining required credits, in order to reach a total of 30 credits.
  • For applicants with international transcripts, please follow the procedures as outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies when submitting transcripts. Official certified English translations are required for all foreign transcripts where the primary language of instruction is in a language other than English.

**Starting from the 2015 admissions cycle for the September 2016 intake, UBC courses IHHS/SPPH 300, 301, 302, 400, 401, 404, 406, 407, 409, 410 and 411 will no longer be used towards an applicant's Competitive MPT Admissions GPA Calculation if these courses fall within the most recent 30 credits of upper level courses taken.

The admissions office does not disclose its grading conversion tables to applicantsThe office does not disclose in detail how the Competitive MPT Admissions GPA is calculated. Final GPA calculations are the decision of the admissions office and will not be disclosed to applicants.  

Applicants who have completed approved AP exams and/or IB credits, and who have achieved the minimum scores listed in the chart below, may use these credits to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for English, Physics, Psychology and Statistics. If AP or IB credits are to be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirements that will be used in the calculation of the Competitive MPT Admissions GPA, the percentage conversion of these scores will follow the conversion charts provided by UBC Enrolment Services.

Applicants who intend to use AP or IB credits to meet prerequisite requirements must upload official AP or IB transcripts onto their application by the application deadline. The admissions office cannot access AP or IB transcripts that may have been sent to UBC Enrolment Services or UBC Undergraduate Admissions in the past.

Information about requesting an IB transcript can be found on the IB website.

Information about requesting an AP transcript can be found on the AP website on the AP Score Reporting Services page.

SubjectMinimum AP score Minimum IB score
English 45, Higher level
Physics 46, Higher level
Psychology 45, Higher level
Statistics4N/A

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 an application. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the Masters of Physical Therapy program are:

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
a minimum score of 600 (paper version); 250 (computer version); 100 (internet version)
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
a minimum overall score of 83
IELTS International English Language Testing Service
a minimum overall score of 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the Academic Test (not General Test)
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Test
a minimum score of 80
PTE Pearson Test of English
a minimum score of 70 in the Academic Test (not General Test)
CELPIP Canadian English Language Proficiency Index
a minimum score of level 4 high in the Academic Test (not General Test)

The Northern and Rural Cohort is designed for applicants who are from, or who would like to work in, northern or rural areas. 20 of the 80 seats in the MPT program are allocated to the Northern and Rural Cohort and during their studies, students are expected to complete four out of their six clinical placements in northern and rural communities. Following level 1 placements, Northern and Rural Cohort students complete a short academic block (stationed around their rural placements) at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George using distributed education technology.

Clinical learning for students takes place anywhere within the Northern Health Authority, or at other sites designated as rural across the province. Rural sites are typically small towns at considerable distance from urban centres, e.g., Port Hardy on Vancouver Island or Williams Lake in the Interior. The actual location of clinical learning sites will vary each year depending on clinical educator availability and other factors. Students will experience a wide variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors with potential to participate in innovative projects and novel clinical experiences.

The Northern and Rural Cohort will be of interest to:

  • Those who have a desire to work in northern, rural and/or remote communities upon graduation.
  • Those who desire to keep or develop close connections to northern, rural and/or remote communities.
  • Those who wish to help bring excellent health care to currently underserved areas.
  • Those with an adventurous spirit who wish to have more varied experiences in their clinical placements.
  • Those who enjoy a less specialized and more varied scope of practice.
  • Those who wish to possibly have the opportunity to develop some of their own clinical placements.

If you are interested in applying to be a part of the Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) please ensure that you have indicated your interest on your application. You are required complete and submit a supplementary application for the Northern and Rural Cohort which must be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

The application for the Northern and Rural Cohort can be found here. Once submitted you will receive an automated response message which will let you know that the application has been received by the admissions office.

Please see the Help Guide for filling out the Northern and Rural Cohort Application for detailed instructions of how to complete the application.

The definition of a BC resident for the purpose of an application is anyone who possesses a currently valid BC Care Card or BC Services Card by the application deadline. 

Primary consideration is given to residents of British Columbia, out-of-province applicants who have completed a Bachelor's degree or higher in BC within the last five years, and applicants who are residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut.

The Master of Physical Therapy program currently accepts up to 10% of all incoming students from out-of-province who have only studied outside of BC.

Applicants are considered BC Residents if they hold a currently valid BC Care Card 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 Care Card 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.

Interviews and Offers of Admission

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will have their application evaluated for interview consideration. The MPT program is highly competitive and only qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. Selection of interview candidates is based on a review of an applicant's overall application for admission including their Competitive MPT Admissions GPA.

Interviews for the MPT program use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. The purpose of the MMI is to ascertain an applicant’s verbal communication skills, maturity level and personal suitability to the program and profession. Interviews take place in person at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Interviews for the September 2017 program intake will be held on March 10, 2017.

A maximum of 3 interviews may be offered to any one applicant over a lifetime. If after 3 interviews, an offer of admission is not made, the applicant will no longer be offered an interview, regardless of the competitiveness of their application.

The department will offer an interview opportunity to the top 160 applicants each year. We will offer a position on the waitlist to the next 5 applicants, and the remainder of the applicants will be informed, via email, that their application for that year was unsuccessful. If an applicant from the original interview offer list declines the offer at any point up to the day prior to the scheduled interview date, the first person on the waitlist will be emailed an offer to interview. Please note, once initial decisions of a waitlist position are emailed out, the department will only contact you again if a position becomes available. We cannot release to applicants where they are on the waitlist at any given time.

***Applicants to the program who are offered and accept an interview, and who cancel with less than 5 business days notice, will be refused any future interview offers should they chose to re-apply to the program. If the applicant feels a late cancellation or no show is due to a valid and unavoidable reason (i.e. medical) supporting documentation must be provided within 24 hours of the interview date.

Following the interview, the department will offer a position within the program to the top 80 ranked applicants. A position on the waitlist will be offered to the next 20 applicants and the remaining applicants will be informed, via email, that their application for that year was unsuccessful. If an applicant from the original 80 offers of admission declines the offer, at any point up to the day prior to the first day of orientation in August, the first person on the waitlist will be emailed an offer of a position in the program. Please note that once initial decisions of a waitlist position are emailed out, the department will only contact you again if a position becomes available. We cannot release to applicants where they are on the waitlist at any given time.

Year# of applications to MPT program# of applicants interviewed# of applicants waitlisted# admitted to program from waitlist
20143361441614
20153091602516
201638316025To be Determined

Program Requirements for Admitted Students

Under the Criminal Records Review Act, students registered in a university or college with a placement/practicum component that involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults directly or that have potentially unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults must provide a criminal record check authorization. Successful applicants to the program must provide a signed criminal record check authorization at the start of the program. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or vulnerable adults, as a result of the criminal record check, you will be unable to register in the MPT program clinical placements and subsequently you may not graduate from the program. Please consider this requirement carefully before applying to this program. Please do not submit a criminal record check with your application.

MPT students must successfully complete six clinical placements as part of their MPT training. The ability for a student to complete their clinical placements is contingent on the applicant being granted a student registration with the College of Physical Therapists of BC. The registration procedure includes a criminal-record check, which will be processed by the College during the first week of classes for MPT students. Anyone considering a career in physical therapy who has been convicted of a criminal offence – even if given an absolute discharge – should write to the Registrar of the College prior to completing an application to the College or applying to the MPT program. By discussing this with the College, applicants will best be able to assess their ability to obtain a student registration. The UBC Department of Physical Therapy and the College consider professional and ethical behaviour to be critical elements in the study and practice of Physical Therapy. As such, the College, through its registration procedure, also asks applicants to disclose any issues of previous conduct, personal behaviour, or competence that may impede the granting of the physical therapy student’s license. Applicants are encouraged to discuss such matters directly and in confidence with the College.

 

 

Please note that all communication and interactions with the Department are considered part of the admission process and are taken into account when considering applicants for admission. Admission may be denied to applicants who communicate in an unprofessional manner or who act in an inappropriate manner during the admissions process, regardless of academic or interview standing.