Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions FAQs


  1. A 4-year Bachelor's degree (120 units/credits) or the equivalent from an approved institution in any field.  Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree. The degree must be completed and conferred by November of the year an applicant would enter the program. Applicants must achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements as set out by Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.
  2. Admission GPA will be composed of an applicant's anatomy, human physiology, statistics and psychology prerequisite courses plus the most recent 30 credits in senior upper level university (300 and 400 level) courses.**Courses must be at least 300+ level and may also include graduate courses. For more information on which courses will be used in the admission GPA calculation, please refer to the question below - How will my admission GPA be calculated?
  3. The MPT program requires the following prerequisite courses to be completed by December 31st in the year prior to an applicant's planned admission to the program. Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade of B or 72% in each prerequisite course:
  • 3 credits or equivalent of Statistics
  • 3 credits or equivalent of English
  • 3 credits or equivalent of Physics or Physics 12
  • 3 credits or equivalent of Psychology
  • 3 credits or equivalent of Anatomy
  • 6 credits or equivalent of Human Physiology
  1. A minimum of 70 hours of volunteer or paid work which includes direct interaction with persons with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilitiesat no more than two These hours must be completed 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  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.

No. The department will only review transcripts, qualifications, and other documentation once an applicant has submitted an online application during the admissions period

For the application process, transcripts, proof of residency documentation and prerequisite forms will NOT be accepted by mail.  You MUST upload an official copy of your transcript(s) for each post-secondary institution you have attended, your proof of residency documentation and your prerequisite form onto your online application. If you are offered a place in the MPT program you will be required to send official copies of your transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended (excluding UBC) directly to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies prior to commencing the program.

No. All recognized degrees that meet the requirement of 120 credits/units or equivalent are treated equally with regards to the admissions process. Admissions will be based on the calculated admission GPA, the practical experience of the applicant and interview performance (if the applicant is offered an interview).

All applicants apply through the online application provided by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies. Applications for the September 2018 intake to the program will open on October 5 2018 and close on January 15th, 2019.

  1. a) Graduate Application Fee (Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies)
    The Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies require a non-refundable application fee for each department you apply to. The online application accommodates credit card payment via Visa or MasterCard for this fee.

Current Graduate Application Fees:

  • Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $104.00
  • International Applicants: (CDN) $168.25
  1. b) Supplemental Application Fee (Department of Physical Therapy)
    The supplementary application fee is to be paid at the time of application submission.

Current Supplemental Application Fees:

  • All Applicants Canadians: (CDN) $116.00

*Application fees cannot be deferred and are valid for only one application year. Fees cannot be refunded once an application has been submitted.

Applicants who have completed a degree in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the Master of Physical Therapy program are:

1) TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language: a minimum score of 600 (paper version); 250 (computer version); 100 (internet version)

2) MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: a minimum overall score of 83

3) IELTS – International English Language Testing Service: a minimum overall band score of 7.5 is required with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test

4) CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: a minimum overall score of 80

5) PTE Academic Test – Pearson Academic Test: an overall score of 70

6) CELPIP Academic Test – Canadian English Language Proficiency Program: a Level 4 or higher

Domestic Applicants and Permanent Residents: a calculation will be completed by our department based on the anatomy, human physiology, statistics and psychology prerequisite courses plus the most recent 30 credits of valid upper level university (300 level and up, including graduate level) courses completed as of December 31 in the year immediately prior to an applicant's planned admission to the program.  Submitted transcripts must include the final grades of all courses scheduled to be completed by December 31 2017.

Valid courses include summer, part-time, intercession, correspondence, exchange, and graduate-level coursework, failed and re-taken courses taken within or beyond the 4-year degree. 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 GPA calculation if these courses fall within the most recent 30 credits of upper level courses taken.

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 senior level credits taken. Practicum courses, clinical placements, thesis courses,  and courses with non-convertible grades (e.g. pass/fail) will not be used in this 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.  This average will then be used in the GPA calculation for the remaining required credits, in order to reach a total of 30 credits.

As universities and colleges have varying grade point scales, all grades will be converted to percentage using grade conversion tables provided by UBC Enrollment Services and/or information found on the back of official transcripts. The Admissions Office does not disclose grading conversion tables to applicants. Official English translations are required for all foreign transcripts that are not already in English.

You are required to submit three reference letters in total as part of your application to the MPT program.

Two academic references must be submitted electronically by two individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. These electronic references are submitted using a secure email address through the online application system only. You will provide the email addresses of your academic references on the online application system. Once you submit your application an automated message will be sent to your referees requesting that they submit their reference electronically. As this message is not sent to your referees until you submit your application, you should be sure to submit well before the application deadline. References submitted electronically are tracked by the online application system. Academic references should NOT submit references directly to the Department.

You must also provide the name of one practical experience referee who will submit the Practical Experience Referee Form 2019. Applicants must give the form to the individual who is prepared to provide a report on their 70 hours of volunteer/paid work practical experience working with individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

No. Your academic references must be able to speak to your academic performance and abilities while you were studying at a post-secondary academic institution. References received from high school teachers, Principals, or guidance counselors will not be accepted for any reason.

No. All references must be submitted either electronically through the online application system (for academic references) or directly by mail or courier to the Department (for practical experience references). If any reference letter is delivered to the office in person by either the applicant or the referee, it will be discarded.

You can find a copy of the academic reference form that your academic referees will be asked to complete on the Graduate and Post-graduate Studies webpage.

You can download the Practical Experience Reference Form Practical Experience Referee Form 2019. Applicants should give the form to the individual who is prepared to provide a report on your 70 hours of volunteer/paid work practical experience working with individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

The MPT program is a full-time, 26-month program.

There were approximately 200 applicants for entrance to the MPT program September 2009, 150 applicants for entrance to the program in September 2010, 250 for entrance to the program in September 2011, 285 applicants for September 2012 and 310 for September 2013. We accept 80 students into the program each year, 20 of these students will be in the Northern Rural and Remote Cohort each year. Starting with the September 2016 intake to the program, up to 8 international students may also be accepted.

The online application system will open for applications on September 28 2018. Please refer to the 'How to Apply' webpage for a complete list of important dates and deadlines for both domestic and international applicants. Files that are incomplete after the deadline has passed will not be considered for admission to the MPT program.

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 as well as MPT admissions GPA ranking. If an applicant's overall application and MPT admissions GPA is deemed to be competitive, they may be invited to participate in an interview. The overall admission decision will be based on a combination of an applicant's overall application for admission and performance in the interview, which allows candidates to showcase their personal qualities and experience.

All applicants who are interviewed are ranked on a combination of their MPT admissions GPA and their interview scores to determine a final ranking. This, in combination with an assessment of an applicant's overall application for admission, will be used to determine which applicants are given a conditional offer of admission for MPT program. Applicant's offered admission to the program will be required to send official copies of their transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except UBC) to the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies. Final approval for admission will be granted by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.

Deferral of admission is not normally granted. Applicants are advised to apply to the MPT program during the year that they are able to attend.

Applicants are welcome to re-apply. Re-applicants to the MPT program are evaluated the same way as first-time applicants.

No, however, a maximum of 3 interviews may be offered to any one applicant over a lifetime. If after 3 interviewers, an offer of admissions is not made, applicants will no longer be offered an interview with the department, regardless of the competitiveness of the admission GPA achieved.

Please refer to this webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding program tuition fees.

Applicants being offered admission must inform the department of their intention to accept and also pay a non-refundable deposit fee of CAD $300.00 by the offer deadline date. This fee will be deducted from the tuition following registration and entry into the program. Applicants who are offered a spot in the program will be sent an email detailing their acceptance, as well as a deadline for when they must notify the department if they plan to attend.  Applicants who do not respond by that deadline may have their offer rescinded and the spot offered to the next individual on the waitlist.

No. The MPT program begins in the Fall of year one and continues over 26 months. All students must complete all courses and advance from term to term. There is no provision for transferring into the program or for the credit of previously studied courses.

The MPT program is intensive and demanding. Each student has a personal method of time management and varying priorities. Most students in the program find it difficult to manage part-time employment.


Please refer to the list of  Approved Human Physiology Prerequisites and  Approved Human Anatomy Prerequisites.

If a course is not listed, you can request a prerequisite course review using the online form. Review requests MUST be received by November 1 in the year prior to an applicant's planned admission to the program.

No. We will only accept 3 credits of exercise physiology towards the prerequisite. The other 3 credits must come from a course or courses in overall Human Physiology course, such as UBC's CAPS 301 or a combination of KIN 190/191, with an additional 3 credits of Human Physiology, such as an exercise physiology course.

You will indicate on the prerequisite form which course you would like used, the number of credits the course has been granted, the course title, the University where the course was taken, the completion date and the final grade received.  These courses will be used by the Admissions Department in the admission GPA calculation, as long as the courses selected meet the program's prerequisite requirements.

No.  We will use the course and session indicated on the prerequisite form as long as the course meets the requirements.

No, if any of the prerequisite courses fall below 72%, your application will not be considered for an interview offer.

No.  If you are missing any prerequisite courses, the application will not be considered for an interview offer.

No, courses do not expire.

Aboriginal Admissions

Yes, beginning with the application process starting September 2017, for entrance into the program for September 2018, the policy has been implemented.

  • that 5% (4 seats) of the Department of Physical Therapy entering class of 80 seats be set aside for qualified applicants of Aboriginal descent, and
  • Administrative support is provided to students of Aboriginal descent regarding financial information and campus wide services available to Aboriginal students.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, (1982) in Section (2) explicitly makes legal special programs to encourage the equitable distribution of minority groups throughout the Canadian workplace.

Section 15 (2): “Sub-section 1 does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, color, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

The Equity Office at UBC specifically reviewed and approved the Aboriginal Admissions Policy for the University.

The Constitution of Canada identifies three groups as founding nations of Canada: First Nations, French and English. The rights of these groups are enshrined in the Constitution. The rights of Aboriginal people in Canada are set on a different foundation than the rights of Canadians from different cultures. Just as a French-speaking Canadian has the right to government or court activity in his or her own language, Aboriginal people have similar rights. These rights don’t extend in the same way to people of different cultures who are Canadians.

The Department of Physical Therapy currently has different criteria for different applicants. For example, a BC resident is treated differently in the application process from a non-BC resident.

The need for better health care in Aboriginal communities is urgent. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has several recommendations with regards to the health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Recommendation 23.1 calls for an increased number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field, and the Department of Physical Therapy has a role to play in the training and education of Physiotherapist practitioners.  It is also important for The Department of Physical Therapy to increase the cultural competencies amongst peers and through the profession.

The Aboriginal Admissions Sub-Committee with significant Aboriginal representation will make recommendations for selection on the Aboriginal applicants and present their recommendations to the MPT Admissions Committee at the Cohort Selection Meeting.  The MPT Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept or reject the recommendations.

At this time, we anticipate that not all seats will be filled every year. However, having an Aboriginal admissions policy that is publically posted and easily accessible for potential students to see is important to the future recruitment of Aboriginal applicants to the program.

Be a Canadian citizen who declares him or herself to be of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Metis or Inuit).  Acceptable proofs of ancestry include:  photocopy of a Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number or Inuit Registry; or a letter from an official representative of the applicant's First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council; Inuit land/territory organization; Métis settlement or community organization; or a recognized Aboriginal organization, or another form of identification that is deemed acceptable with consultation from the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

If you do not have any documentation as listed above, you must contact the Physical Therapy program directly to discuss.  You must contact via email and the deadline will be November 1 for the year you are applying, ie you must contact before November 1, 2017 if you are applying for entrance beginning September 2018. Email must be sent to


Beginning with the September 2016 intake, the Department of Physical Therapy can now accept up to 8 international students per year into the Masters of Physical Therapy program. Please refer to this webpage for application instructions for international applicants. *Please note, if international students are accepted into the program, they are in addition to the 80 domestic students who will enter the program each year.

No. 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.

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.

 Clinical Placements

There are 6 clinical education placements during the course of the program with each placement lasting approximately 5 weeks. Student Placements are organized to ensure each student has experience in several of the diverse areas of physical therapy practice. Placements occur around the province and at least two of these placements will be outside the Lower Mainland or in the case of those students who are in the Northern Rural and Remote cohort, four of the six placements will be outside of the lower mainland. Students are responsible for all living expenses (including accommodation costs) during out of town placements; a minimal stipend for travel is available only for those students who are in the Northern Rural Cohort. With the possible exception of an elective placement, student placements are assigned by the department and are non-negotiable.

No. Due to regulations outside of the control of UBC, we are not able to send students to other Canadian provinces for placement.

Applicants are recommended to call the Physiotherapy Association of BC (604) 736-5130 to acquire about current information for salaries in various sectors of the profession. The PABC website may also provide salary information.

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) FAQ’s

Interviews for entrance to the program in September 2019 will be held on March 8 2019.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to be considered for an interview. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an offer of an interview.

The interview format is based on the McMaster University Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI). During the MMI, candidates move between 9 interview stations on a circuit. Each station is 6-minutes long and there is a 2-minute transition and reading break in between stations.  Each of the stations follows one of four formats:  discussion, interaction with an “actor”, collaboration, and writing.  The station topics deal with a variety of issues which may include communication, collaboration, ethical and moral decision making, self-evaluation, cultural sensitivity, health policy, critical thinking, awareness of society health issues in Canada and personal qualities.

At each station candidates will interact with, or be observed by, a single interviewer.  Trained interviewers include clinicians, Physical Therapy department faculty members and student physical therapists.  Each applicant is awarded a global score per station which jointly result in a total MMI score. The MMI score is used in conjunction with an applicant’s admission GPA to determine an overall ranking for the selection of candidates.

Random Example MMI question:

1)  Due to the shortage of physical therapists in rural communities, it has been suggested that physical therapy programs preferentially admit students who are willing to commit to a 2 or 3 year tenure in an under-serviced area upon graduation. Consider the broad implications of this policy for health and health care costs.  For example, do you think the approach will be effective?  At what expense?  Discuss this issue with the interviewer.

Please note: The Admissions office is not able to address questions regarding MMI questions, procedures or review of evaluations associated with interviews.

Those applicants who receive an interview offer will be notified as such by email in mid-February. They will be sent the date and time they have been scheduled to interview and will need to respond by a set deadline if they plan to attend.

No. The schedule is set and applicants must attend as scheduled by the Department of Physical Therapy.

No. All interviews must be done in person and at the date and time you are scheduled by the Department of Physical Therapy.

Being familiar with the format may help with battling the nervousness; however, preparing for the MMI is difficult. The interviews do not test your specific knowledge on a subject. You might ask some friends or family members to create scenarios for you based on the examples given. This will allow you to get comfortable speaking on a topic for a few minutes and organizing your thoughts quickly.

No. We are looking for how you think, and communicate your thoughts, not specifically what you think on the various scenarios presented.

We have chosen not to include a station asking applicants this, as almost everyone applying to the Masters of Physical Therapy Program has very good reasons for pursuing this career track. Asking you why you want to be a physiotherapist does not help us determine your suitability for admission into our program.

The MMI runs on a very tight schedule, and there is no ability to have someone join in the circuit after it has begun. In the event that you are late, we will try our best to accommodate you, but will only be able to do so if there is an empty spot or no-show in a subsequent group. The chances of this are extremely small, although we are of course willing to try.

Yes. Those applicants who are granted an interview will be sent a scheduled time for their interview, as well as the time they MUST be present by. There will be an orientation prior to each scheduled time and attendance is mandatory, regardless if you have interviewed with the program previously. There is also time set aside at the end for a debriefing and a chance to meet with current students in the program to ask questions. Please plan to be involved in the interview process from orientation until the end for a minimum of 2.5 hours.

If you are granted an interview, you must bring government issued photo identification or a valid current student identification card that contains a photograph as well as your full name. You may also wish to bring a personal water bottle with you. Pen/pencils and paper will not be allowed into the interview rooms. Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be allowed in the interview rooms.

The MPT program is a scent free area. Do not wear any scented items (perfume, cologne, body spray, etc.) to the interviews for any reason. Applicants who are found to be wearing scented products may be asked to leave.

The interviews themselves will take 80 minutes. Candidates are given 2 minutes to read the question or scenario posted outside the station door and to mentally prepare a response prior to entering the interview room. Upon entering the station, the candidate will have 6 minutes to respond to the question. The candidate will receive a signal that it is time to move to the next station. With orientation and debriefing, please plan to be here for at least 2.5 hours.

No. The Department of Physical Therapy does not release Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) scores or provide individual feedback to previous applicants to the MPT program.   This policy is to ensure that the MMI's are held in a fair and unbiased manner for all applicants offered the opportunity to interview.