Our Programs

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

Physiotherapist Agnes Makowski, an adjunct lecturer in U of T’s department of physical therapy, works with athletes in Team Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team.

The Master of Science in Physical Therapy is a 24 month professional program leading to entry to practice.  Our MScPT Best Practices Curriculum is designed to integrate systems, research and internship components organized in 12 units to maximize educational principles.

Graduates will be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Examination of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulatory Boards, which qualifies them to practice physical therapy in Canada.

Graduates will be eligible to register in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Colleges of Physiotherapy in all Canadian provinces.

Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) Accreditation
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto has completed the accreditation review process administered by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC).

PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and operates as the accrediting agency for physiotherapy education programs in Canada. The status of Accreditation–Probationary was granted to the program on October 15, 2018. A description of Accreditation–Probationary follows.

Accreditation – Probationary

  • A program is non-compliant in a CORE criterion OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 50% of the accreditation criteria in one standard OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 80% of the accreditation criteria in more than two standards OR
  • A program fails to demonstrate progress in addressing the identified concerns in its required Progress Report(s)

Students- Important Notice

  • If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.
  • Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
  • The program’s accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at http://www.peac-aepc.ca/english/accreditation/levels-of-accreditation.php

Master of Science in Physical Therapy Advanced Standing Option

Students sitting in lecture hallThe Master of Science in Physical Therapy Advanced Standing Option is a professional graduate degree program that allows eligible physical therapists who are currently registered for independent practice with their provincial regulating body in Canada, and who have completed an appropriate Bachelor degree in physiotherapy, to acquire the entry-to-practice degree.

This program is offered in an online, learning environment with one on-campus residency. Themes of research, business, and professional practices are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students complete a group research project during this one-year program.

The Advanced Standing MScPT program will not be offered in 2018-2019.

Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging (OIEPB) Program

Group shot of graduating class in front of faculty clubThe Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto is the host site for the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging (OIEPB) Program. The Bridging Program is designed to provide educational opportunities for physical therapists educated outside of Canada, who already possess specified qualifications, to develop the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. The Bridging Program provides cultural and workplace orientation to facilitate success in the workplace.

Doctoral Stream Programs

Gail Teachman at convocation, in her robes holding flowers.Department of Physical Therapy Faculty supervise thesis-based MSc and PhD students through the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) and other departments at the University of Toronto. Consult the RSI website or contact individual faculty members for more information.