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 2018 for applications for the September 2019 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 to this program is extremely 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.studentadvisor@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.

Academic assessment

Degree 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. The degree must be completed and conferred by November of the year an applicant would enter the program. Applicants who are currently completing a Bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission, providing 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 by the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies (G&PS) , please contact mpt.admissions@ubc.ca no later than November 1 2018 for applications for the September 2019 entrance.

The Masters of Physical Therapy program considers students from a variety of backgrounds. Preference is not given to any particular field of Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Requirements

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
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ (76% at UBC) range in all senior level (300 and 400 level) courses

Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses by December 31, 2018 (for 2019 Admission). Final official transcripts that include all completed prerequisite courses must be submitted by January 15, 2019.

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

Prerequisite courses

  • Human anatomy: a one-term/half-year 3-credit course of human anatomy. Course content must cover gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral and neurological systems.
  • 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 (such as UBC’s KIN 190 and 191) are deemed, when taken together, to count as 3 credits of Anatomy and 3 credits of basic Human Physiology for the prerequisite requirements. Please note, they MUST be accompanied by 3 credits of ADVANCED human physiology (or an Exercise Physiology course).We will only accept one exercise physiology course towards this prerequisite overall. You may not use a basic human physiology course in addition to a joint anatomy-physiology course.
  • English: a one-term/half-year 3-credit course of 1st year university-level English. 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: any one-term/half-year 3-credit course of university-level physics or Physics 12 (or out-of-province equivalent Grade 12 physics). We do not require that you complete a lab component. Bio-mechanics will not be accepted to cover this prerequisite.  Note: For application to the  MPT program starting in 2020 (application to open in September 2019), Physics 12 will no longer be acceptable. Applicants must take the equivalent to UBC PHYS 101 (or higher) in order to meet the prerequisite requirement. A final mark of 72% (B) or higher is required.”
  • Psychology: any one-term/half-year 3-credit course of university-level psychology.
  • Statistics: a one-term/half-year 3-credit course of statistics. Course 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.

Approved prerequisite courses

Prerequisite Course Review Requests

If you are unsure if your course satisfies a certain prerequisite, Prerequisite Course Review Requests must be received by 1 November 2018 for applications for September 2019 entrance. Final approval of prerequisite courses rests with the admissions office in the Department of Physical Therapy. The admissions committee has the discretion to review requests on a case by case basis and make recommendations.

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 approved courses page, or by simply reading the prerequisites section above.

For courses taken at a Canadian institution, or an English-language international institution: 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 where the language of instruction is not English: submit a prerequisite course review request using the request form and 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.

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 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

Competitive MPT admissions GPA calculations

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.

A 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.

Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents must include the grades of all courses scheduled to be completed by December 31 2018 in their transcripts. 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. If 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 to reach a total of 30 credits.

Applicants with international transcripts should follow the procedures 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.

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 or how the competitive MPT admissions GPA is calculated to applicants. Final GPA calculations are the decision of the admissions office and will not be disclosed to applicants.

 

Admission to this program is extremely 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 answer+ed 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.

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.

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.

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.

  • If you are applying as a BC Resident, you are required to provide a scanned copy of both the front and back of your BC Care Card/BC Services Card
  • If you are applying as a Permanent Resident, you are required to provide proof of immigration status and date of landing by submitting a copy of both the front and back of your Permanent Resident documentation

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.

References

As part of the application process, you are required to submit the contact information for three referees:

  • Two academic references must be submitted electronically by two individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Once you submit your application online, an automated message will be sent to your academic referees to the email address you provide requesting that they submit a reference electronically. References are then tracked by the online application system. 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.
  • One practical experience reference can be submitted electronically or by mail. Practical experience referees are requested to complete the practical experience referee form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the form to the individual with whom you undertook your practical experience and who is appropriate to provide a report on your 70 hours of volunteer/paid work practical experience working with individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. It may not be completed by the applicant. Referees who can access the online application system may scan the completed copy of the practical experience referee form and upload it onto the online application system. We will not accept the reference if it is emailed to the department. If an academic referee is unable to provide an electronic reference, they may post a copy of the completed practical experience referee 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 requirements

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 of January 5, 2019. Work as a receptionist or clerical experience does not meet this requirement.

Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test

All applicants to the Master of Physical Therapy, at University of British Columbia are required to complete the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test (CASPer), an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken anywhere you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to technical difficulty. You will need your student ID number and a piece of government-issued photo ID to reserve a test. If you are a new applicant to the University of British Columbia, you will receive an 8 digit student number once your application has been submitted. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Written question

The department has added a requirement of a written response to the application process. The completed document will need to be submitted by the January 15 2019 document submission deadline, and is to uploaded with the prerequisite form. The department will randomly select submissions to be run through the Turnitin program.

Comp information

There has been the addition of a required document containing work, volunteering, experience, as well as any awards, distinctions you may have received. This is to be submitted to the application by the January 15th document submission deadline.