Programs Overview

Master of Physical Therapy

The only entry-to-practice Physical Therapy Program in BC

The Master of Physical Therapy Program at UBC is one of the leading Physical Therapy Programs in Canada. The MPT program is fully-distributed and provides students with the opportunity to study in state-of-art labs at UBC’s campus in Vancouver, in the Fraser Valley, and at UNBC’s campus in Prince George. The program curriculum uses an integrated, case-based approach and is taught by the department’s award-winning academic faculty and a community of clinical educators.

MPT Admissions

For a more thorough understanding of physical therapy as a profession and physical therapists’ role please refer to the following websites: Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) and Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)


This program provides an option for outstanding students with an interest in both clinical and research training relevant to physical therapy. The MPT/PhD program is designed to provide students flexibility in the completion of their concurrent clinical and research training, and to integrate their clinical and research learning, resulting in an accelerated completion time (approximately 5 years).

MPT/PhD Information

Masters of Science (MSc) and  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Department also offers training for the research-oriented student, enabling students to acquire a Masters of Science (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, as well as receive post-doctoral training.  Faculty supervision is of the highest quality and provided by internationally recognized experts in several fields from neuroscience, orthopaedics, oncology, knowledge translation and others.

MSc Information PhD Information

Physio Refresh

Physio Refresh assists registrants to prepare for and succeed at the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and to enter into clinical physiotherapy practice in Canada. The program is open to internationally-trained and Canadian-trained Physiotherapists who wish to refresh their skills or competencies, who have been out of practice and are required to sit the PCE for entry or re-entry into practice, or who are new to physiotherapy practice in Canada. Physio Refresh combines self-directed learning with an instructor-led review and encompasses both theoretical and practical components. Practice examinations and workshops with instructors assist participants to focus on the review of Physical Therapy knowledge, clinical skills, and clinical reasoning.

Physio Refresh Information

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (GCOMPT)

This certificate is offered as a mix of online and hands-on instruction. Graduates of this program (typically taken over a 2-year period part-time) will be eligible to apply for FCAMPT status as an advanced practitioner of musculoskeletal therapy. The GCOMPT courses may also be taken for credit towards an MRSc degree.

GCOMPT Information

Online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc)

This online Master’s program 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 work- or practice-based research projects. The MRSc allows you to obtain a master’s degree without interrupting your work.

Online MRSc Information

Online Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

This online program is for health professionals. It consists of five courses that help participants develop the essential knowledge and skills required for best practice in rehabilitation. Some learners who are not sure about taking a full master’s program will try one of these courses first and most continue on to do the online Master of Rehabilitation Science.  These courses may also assist internationally educated therapists in meeting certain educational standards required by the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

Online Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Information