Admission requirements

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, the Department of Physical Therapy office is closed until further notice. Please email any admissions inquiries to mpt.admissions@ubc.ca

COVID-19 changes to admissions requirements

Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many universities have offered alternate grading options to students with courses taken during the 2020 Winter term 2 (January to April). Therefore, we are temporarily adjusting our admissions requirements. Please note these changes will be reassessed for future admission cycles.

  • Prerequisite courses taken between January and April 2020 will be counted toward the prerequisite requirements. Courses with a percentage or letter grade must meet the grade minimum of a ‘B’ or 72% in order to count toward the prerequisites. Courses that were assigned a ‘Pass’ or ‘Credit’ will be considered to meet this minimum requirement.

  • The admissions GPA will be calculated using the most recent university senior level courses (300 or above) up to 30 credits. Courses graded as “pass” or “Cr” will not count towards the admission GPA.
  • Applicants currently completing the last year of their undergraduate degree must submit the most recent transcript that contains all final grades for the September – December semester.
  • UBC courses IHHS/SPPH 300, 301, 302, 400, 401, 404, 406, 407, 409, 410 and 411 cannot be used towards an applicant’s Competitive MPT Admissions GPA Calculation.

Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 70 hours of volunteer or paid work experience which involves direct interaction with persons with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities at no more than two organizations/establishments. Direct interaction refers to physical as well as verbal, or other virtual interactions (e.g. volunteering for a seniors’ support line, or interacting by Zoom). These hours must be completed by the application deadline. Please note, work as a receptionist, clerical experience, and working with elite sports teams does not meet this requirement.

Please check the website regularly for updates.

 

The following admission requirements are for domestic and international applicants. International applicants should also review the International Applicants page for additional requirements and information.

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

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 an interview. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.  Final admission decisions are made based on both a candidate’s overall application and the interview.

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Academic Requirements

Degree

Applicants must have completed a recognized 4-year Bachelor’s degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent from an approved institution in any field. If you are unsure if your institution is approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies (G&PS), please contact mpt.admissions@ubc.ca no later than November 1.

The degree must be conferred by November of the year of entry to the program. Applicants who are currently completing a Bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission must provide their final official transcript confirming conferral of their degree before starting the program.

If English was not the primary language of instruction of your undergraduate degree, you must complete one of the following English competency tests and achieve the minimum score, as noted below, within 24 months of the application deadline. Results of your test must be sent directly from the testing institution, to the University of British Columbia, so as to be submitted by the application deadline. Acceptable minimum scores for entry to the MPT program:

  • TOEFL: 100 (iBT)
  • MELAB: overall 85
  • IELTS (Academic): overall 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component
  • CAEL: overall 80
  • PTE (Academic): overall 70
  • CELPIP (Academic): 4L

For more information on completing an English competency test, please visit the language section of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Grades

Applicants must achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements outlined by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies. In addition, applicants must also have achieved:

  • A minimum grade of B (72% at UBC) in each prerequisite course. ( see COVID-19 update above)
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ (76% at UBC) range in all senior level (300 and 400 level) courses.

For more details on the MPT Admissions GPA calculation, please visit our Interviews and Offers of Admission page.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses taken between January and April 2020 will be counted toward the prerequisite requirements. Courses with a percentage or letter grade must meet the grade minimum of a ‘B’ or 72% in order to count toward the prerequisites. Courses that were assigned a ‘Pass’ or ‘Credit’ will be considered to meet this minimum requirement.

Applications that contain any prerequisites that fall below the 72% minimum will not be considered for interviews for any reason.

Important dates to remember:

  • December 31 – Prerequisite courses must be completed.
  • January 15 – Official transcripts that include prerequisite courses must be submitted.
  • January 15 – Applicants must submit the MPT Supplemental Application Form containing all of their prerequisite course information.

List of approved prerequisite courses

AP/IB Credits

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 prerequisite requirements. 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

Additional Requirements

Residency

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.

  • BC residents must provide a scanned copy of the front and back of their valid BC Care Card/BC Services Card.
  • Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories must provide equivalent documentation to the BC residency requirement.
  • Permanent residents must provide proof of immigration status and date of landing by submitting a copy of both the front and back of their Permanent Resident documentation.

References

Applicants must submit the contact information for three referees. We highly encourage applicants to notify their referees as early as possible.

Step 1 Notify your referees.
Step 2 Fill in the required fields in the online application for your references.
Step 3 Submit your application by the application deadline.
Step 4 Once your application has been submitted, referees will be prompted to provide their e-references* through the online application portal where they can also upload an optional letter of recommendation.
Step 5 E-references are automatically added to your online application once they have been submitted by your referee.

*If an academic referee is unable to provide an electronic reference, they may complete a paper form and post it directly to the Department of Physical Therapy.

Step 1 Notify your referees and send them the Practical/Professional Experience Referee Form.
Step 2 Fill in the required fields in the online application for your references.
Step 3 Submit your application by the application deadline.
Step 4 Once your application has been submitted, referees are prompted to provide the Practical/Professional Experience Referee Form* through the online application portal where they can also upload an optional letter of recommendation.
Step 5 Your reference will be instructed via our online application module to submit the required Practical/Professional Experience Referee Form directly to your online application.

 

 

 


*If a practical/ professional referee is unable to provide an electronic reference, they may post a paper copy of the completed Practical/Professional Experience Referee Form directly to the Department of Physical Therapy in a sealed and signed envelope.

The department’s postal address is:
Admissions, Department of Physical Therapy
212 – 2177 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3.

Volunteer and Work Experience

Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 70 hours of volunteer or paid work experience which involves direct interaction with persons with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities at no more than two organizations/establishments. Direct interaction refers to physical as well as verbal, or other virtual interactions (e.g. volunteering for a seniors’ support line, or interacting by Zoom). These hours must be completed by the application deadline. Please note, work as a receptionist, clerical experience, and working with elite sports teams does not meet this requirement.

CASPer Test

All applicants are required to complete the CASPer online assessment process.

Available test dates/times for the UBC MPT Program are found on the CASPer website. Applicants are responsible for reviewing the available dates/times and ensuring they take the CASPer test before the document deadline.

Details regarding the UBC MPT CASPer test can be found here.

Written Response

Applicants must provide a 200-word written response to a question posed by the Admissions Committee. The written response question can be found in the MPT Supplemental Application Form.

Complementary Information

Applicants must also provide complementary information regarding work, volunteering, experience, awards, and distinctions. The complementary information section can be found in the MPT Supplemental Application Form.


Admission to this program is very competitive. Due to limited staffing and the high number of applicants, unfortunately the Department of Physical Therapy cannot provide individual advising, either through email, phone, or in-person. Please thoroughly review our detailed website for all admissions related questions. If you feel your question is not answered by our website, please email your question to mpt.admissions@ubc.ca. Although we will respond as efficiently as possible, please note there may be a considerable delay in responding to your email. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Applicants who have graduated from or who are currently attending UBC do not have priority or preference over applicants from other post-secondary institutions within British Columbia.