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


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

Requirements & Application

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.

English Language Competency (if applicable)

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.  Applicants must achieve one of the minimum scores 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.

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.

Admissions GPA

The admissions GPA is calculated using a combination of the most recent university senior-level courses (300 or above) up to 30 credits, and the following prerequisites: anatomy, physiology, statistics, and psychology. 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.

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

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


Courses with a percentage or letter grade must meet the grade minimum of a ‘B’ or 72% in order to count toward the prerequisites. Applications that contain any prerequisites that fall below the 72% minimum will not be considered for interviews for any reason.

Important dates to remember:

  • November 1 - Last day to submit Prerequisite Course Review forms for approval.
  • 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

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.


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

Two academic references

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.

One practical/professional experience reference

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.

 

 

 


*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.

**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.


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.

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.

All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite as part of their application. To complete Altus Suite visit TakeAltus.com to create an account and complete the following assessments:

  • Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)
  • Snapshot: 10-minute one-way video interview with standardized questions*

Access www.TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments. You will register for Altus Suite for Canadian Professional Health Sciences (CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences).

*Please note, the MPT Program does not use the Snapshot assessment as part of its selection process.


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.


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.


Contact us

If you have questions that are not answered by our website, please contact us via email, or you can book a virtual appointment.

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.