How to Apply

MScPT Full-Time 24 Month Program

Applications for September 2019 entry are due by January 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.  Applicants apply through the ORPAS website. Be sure to read the ORPAS Application Guide for full details.

Important links:

Applicants may apply if they hold permanent residency or Canadian citizenship.

Academic Assessment

GPA cutoff is the initial screening.

GPA cutoff varies from year to year, the GPA cutoff for the Fall 2018 cycle was 3.81 which is equivalent to a GPA in the A- to A range. Students taking programs that lead to degrees in any discipline (e.g. Science, Arts, Engineering, etc.) may apply during the fourth year of undergraduate study, provided that they have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements as outlined.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all applicants to a Master’s level program have at least a mid-“B” average or better in the final year (e.g. five full-course equivalents at the senior level). Please note that the mid-B average is a minimum requirement, and a higher GPA cutoff on the last 20 half courses completed will be required to be competitive in the MScPT admission process.

How is GPA being calculated? 

GPA is last 20 half courses of university academic study (e.g. the equivalent of 10 full courses or equivalent to two years of full-time study) completed by December 31 of the application year. This will include summer, part-time, intersession, correspondence and university courses taken beyond the four-year undergraduate degree.  

GPA is calculated based on yearly versus term marks. Thus, where grades must be extracted from a year to achieve the equivalent of 20 half courses, the average of that entire year (including both the fall and winter terms) will be used.

Due to the discrepancy in grade reporting across universities, ORPAS uses the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table to process GPA. Please review this table for details on the conversion scale used in this process.

An example of how GPA is being calculated: 

  Fall/Winter 2015

(second year)

Fall/Winter 2016

(third year)

Fall 2017

(first term, 4th year)

# of courses 10 10 5
Weighting All counted and weighted at 5 credits All counted All counted


Note:  Transfer credits from the college level that have not been assigned a grade by the university issuing the degree will not be included in this total.

Undergraduate Student Applicants

Applicants may have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university at the time of application. 

Students may also apply in the final year of a four-year degree program. In this case, students must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements no later than June 30, 2018.

Graduate Student Applicants

Graduate students are assessed on their last 20 half course equivalents completed by December 31 of the application year,  it will normally include graduate courses and undergraduate courses.

Applicants are required to have a minimum requirement of a mid-B average in all graduate courses, as per School of Graduate Studies regulations.  Please review the Undergraduate Student Applicants section from above for further information.

Applicants Graduated from a Non-Canadian University

Applicants whose education was completed outside of Canada may apply if they have permanent residency or hold Canadian citizenship. Official academic records must be sent directly to ORPAS from the originating institutions. Photocopies of academic records may be used to process an application, but applicants should note that official documents will be required before any firm offer of admission can be made. Official English translations done by a certified translator for all non-English documentation must also be submitted to ORPAS.

International transcripts will be evaluated for equivalency. Evaluation of equivalency will only be assessed through the application process.

To facilitate this process, you may wish to contact World Education Services (WES) to evaluate foreign credentials. Applicants are responsible for incurred costs. WES reports will be used only as a reference in the assessment of admission eligibility. WES reports are not mandatory, and applicants will not be penalized if a WES report is not submitted. If an applicant utilizes WES and has original documents sent to WES,  original documents from the originating institution (e.g., the applicant’s home university) must still be sent to ORPAS.

English Proficiency Requirement

The English language proficiency must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. Applicants must demonstrate facility in the English language through the successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with minimum scores of:

  • Paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the TWE and 50 on the TSE.        
  • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

TOEFL candidates should request that results be sent to the University of Toronto, institution code 0982.

Alternatively, the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, offers the certificate Academic English whereby a minimum grade of “B+” in Level 60 meets the English language facility requirement.

All official English facility results reports must be forwarded to the Department of Physical Therapy no later than March 1, 2019. English facility test results are valid for two years.

Courses not included in GPA calculation:

  • Activity-type courses, non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail)
  • Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) undergraduate degree courses 

If a course is repeated, and both the original course and the repeated course are within the last 20 half courses, then the grades from both courses will be included in the GPA calculation.

Admission Information Session 2018-19: November 16, 2017. 

Internationally Educated Physical Therapists

The first step for internationally educated physiotherapists who wish to practice in Canada is to apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for an assessment of their educational qualifications. Internationally educated physiotherapists who are credentialed as having a degree that is substantially equivalent to a Canadian entry-to-practice degree are not considered for admission to the MScPT program.

If interested in bridging the gaps identified in The Alliance credential review or preparing for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination, please read more about our Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging program.

Please note that internationally educated physical therapists are not considered for admission to the entry to practice (MScPT) program. If interested in graduate studies in the rehabilitation sciences, please visit the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a university level. All prerequisite courses must be completed within the last seven years. For September 2019 admission, pre-requisite courses must be completed no earlier than September 2012 and no later than May 31, 2019.

All applicants will be required to have completed:

  • one half-course equivalent in Human Physiology: The course should cover the principles of human physiology including the living cell, the internal environment; neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism; reproduction; and homeostasis. An example of an accepted course from the University of Toronto would be course PSL201Y, Basic Human Physiology. Plant physiology will NOT be accepted nor will a combined animal/plant physiology. Combined human anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable as long as applicants have one full credit equivalent.
  • one half-course equivalent in Human Anatomy: Course content must be comprehensive, covering gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral, and neurological systems. Combined human anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable as long as applicants have one full credit equivalent.
  • one full course (or two half course) equivalent in Life and/or Physical Sciences: Examples of Life Sciences include biology, basic medical sciences, pathology, etc. Examples of Physical Science include chemistry, physics, geology, geography, etc.
  • one full course (or two half-course) equivalent in Social Sciences and/or Humanities and/or Languages: Examples of Social Sciences include anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, etc. Examples of Humanities include history, religion, philosophy, classics, literature/English, etc. Examples of Languages include French, Italian, Spanish, etc.
  • one half-course equivalent in Statistics or Research Methods: Statistic courses that may be acceptable include basic statistics, psychology statistics, geography statistics, kinesiology statistics, biometrics and quantitative research methods. Calculus in itself is not acceptable as a statistics course, and statistics content in other courses does not meet the requirement.

How to input course information in your OPRAS application?

Applicants must complete the prerequisite section of the online application. Applicants are required to include a URL that links to an online course description from the university academic calendar. It is acceptable to include a link to a large PDF of the entire academic calendar – please put the page number the course is located on at the end of the link (leave a space and then enter “pg x”.) All Canadian universities offer an “archived calendar” section on their website, and applicants are encouraged to use the archived calendar from the year they took the course if they cannot find their course in the current academic calendar.

If applicants are unable to provide a link to an online course description, (e.g. applicants educated outside Canada), it is required to mail paper copies of detailed course descriptions to ORPAS. When mailing the course descriptions, be sure to include your full name and ORPAS identification number on the paperwork. ORPAS will forward the documentation to your university/program choice(s). Course description should be no more than 3 pages.

Minimum requirement in Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must have earned a minimum grade of B- (or 70%) in all prerequisite courses, as per the grade recorded on the transcript. Grades you received in your prerequisite courses will not be counted as part of the GPA calculation unless they are within the last 20 half credits completed.

Note: Web-based and distance education courses are accepted provided they are at a university level.

Prerequisite Verification for Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, and Statistics/Research Methods

You can verify that your human physiology, human anatomy, and statistics/research methods courses will be accepted by visiting the Prerequisites Verification page. 

You can take two half-course equivalents within each prerequisite category to meet our requirements. 

For example, for Life and/or Physical Science prerequisite:


One half-course equivalent in biology + One half-course equivalent in chemistry 

Universities use various course weighting systems. Here is a chart with examples that equates the most common course weights.

U of T Course Weight Ryerson Course Weight York Course Weight USA Course Weight
0.5 or one-half course 1 credit 3 credits 4 credits or other
1.0 or one full course 2 credits 6 credits 8 credits or other

Upgrading GPA

Courses taken in addition to those required for a Bachelor’s degree may be considered upgrade courses. The guidelines for upgrade courses are:

  1. Upgrade courses completed should be at the senior level (3rd or 4th year courses.)
  2. MScPT prerequisites courses can be at the junior level (1st and 2nd year courses.)
  3. We recommend that applicants take courses in the life sciences/social sciences/humanities, as these subjects are most relevant to the PT program.

Non-Academic Assessment


The department requires one academic reference and one professional reference.

Both referees should be individuals who can address the applicant’s aptitude for studies in a health profession. Referees should also have direct knowledge of the applicant and are in a position to reasonably make statements concerning the applicant’s character, communication, and academic capabilities, and special circumstances if applicable. 

  • Examples of academic references: professors or instructors from a university setting. 
  • Examples of professional references: supervisors in either a volunteer or employment setting.
  • References from family members and friends are not acceptable. Additionally, professional references from caregivers (e.g. family doctors, dentists, etc.) are not acceptable if the applicant’s sole relationship with the caregiver was as a patient.

The forms and letters must be submitted by the referees directly to ORPAS at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.

Online CASPer Test

All applicants are required to complete the online CASPer test to be admissible to the MScPT program. The CASPer is an online situational judgement test that evaluates personal and professional characteristics. You can complete the CASPer test on any computer with internet and a webcam from a location of your choice. The test measures soft skills such as communication, ethics, and empathy. You can learn more by visiting the CASPer website. The final date to write the CASPer for September 2019 entry to the program is January 10, 2019. 

Computer Administered Profile (CAP)

After admission committee review each applicant’s academic qualifications, a GPA cutoff is determined based on the application pool. Only top applicants are invited to write the Computer Administered Profile (CAP) on-site at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, April 27, 2019. 

In order to accommodate religious observances, exam conflicts, and medical related special requirements there will be a secondary CAP date, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Official documents are required before granting the alternate exam opportunity.

Applicants invited to the CAP exam will be notified by email by early April. We send the invitation by email to the address that you provided to ORPAS. 

What is CAP?

The CAP is a 2-hour exam with a series of short and long answer questions.

The CAP is not a personal profile nor is it an MCAT-type exam that you can study for, rather it is designed to assess personal characteristics/attributes, life experiences, knowledge of the profession, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills. Typical questions will explore an understanding of the profession and ability to problem solve. Enrolment selection is based on a combination of CAP exam score, CASPer exam score, and GPA, along with a file review. The weighting of each component will be posted here shortly.

How to submit an alternate CAP request?

Upon receiving the email invitation to the CAP, if student has religious observances, exam conflicts, and medical related special requirements, a written request with supporting documentation will be required to send to Sarah McMahon, Student Liaison Officer at within a week. Distance from Toronto will not constitute a special requirement and all applicants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the CAP.

Application Statistics

Entering Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
# Applications 944 989 868 1097 1035 1139 1048 1062 1004 879 984
GPA* Cutoff 3.81 3.82 3.81 3.80 3.76 3.75 3.71 3.68 3.63 3.59 3.62
Final Class Size 100 100 93 89 91 88 87 100 85 84 90
Average GPA* of Class   3.89 3.88 3.88 3.86 3.85 3.83 3.82 3.76 3.78 3.77

*GPA calculations are based on the ORPAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table.

The MScPT program projects to admit 100 students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Registration to Practice

Registration to practice physical therapy is required in all provinces and territories. Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland require that all applicants for licensure have passed the Physiotherapy Competence Examination (PCE), which includes both written and clinical components. Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy program at The University of Toronto, graduates may apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to take this examination.

Program 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, fully compliant, was granted to the program on April 23, 2016, for the period until April 30, 2022.

A description of Accreditation Status – fully compliant is as follows:

  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no deficiencies.
  • There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon.
  • Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.
  • If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at

For further information, please contact:
Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada
Suite 26 – 509 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario N6J 1Y5
Phone: 226-636-0632

Health Requirements

Registration procedures are mailed to newly admitted students and include an immunization record that must be completed in full. It requests information on tuberculosis and other chest diseases, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria/tetanus, and polio. Evidence of a tuberculin test is required prior to registration. Students are also required to provide a copy of a valid certificate in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Rescuer level upon entry to the program. Please note that you will be required to gain First Aid and CPR certification/re-certification after August 1, 2019, and before school begins in September 2019 regardless of when your current certification expires. These requirements are set by our clinical partners and must be met so that students are able to participate in clinical practice.

Criminal Record Checks

Increasingly, some sites (for example school boards, community care employers) require that employees, including students, have a completed criminal record check prior to the start of the clinical internship. Students assigned to placements at these locations will be required to complete and submit the results of a Basic or Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check, at their own expense. Students will be informed by the Department of Physical Therapy if this check is necessary prior to the beginning of the placement. Please note that failure to obtain a satisfactory police record check may result in an alternate or delayed placement and may affect the graduation date. You may wish to obtain two original copies of your report so that you may keep one for your own records.

Submitting an Application

All applicants seeking admission to the MSc in Physical Therapy Program must complete an application, available from ORPAS, which is a division of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Visit ORPAS and click on the link ORPAS Online Application.

Applications are usually available from ORPAS by mid-October annually. 

The 2019 application deadline is January 4, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. All application materials (including the online application, prerequisite form, course descriptions and references) should be received by ORPAS by this date. The only exception to this is transcripts. Remember that Internet connections may be disrupted close to the deadline (therefore, do not leave your application until the last minute).

After receiving the application and all of the official transcripts, ORPAS will calculate a sub-GPA. You can check your Verification Report (VR) by logging into your ORPAS application. This report is available once your academic record has been reviewed by ORPAS, which will occur in February. The VR will present an up-to-date summary of all information contained in your application, including what transcripts and Confidential Assessment Forms have been received. It will also include the sub-GPA and a list of all courses/grades used in the calculation.  ORPAS will send you an email once this report is available to view.

It is your responsibility to check the VR and contact ORPAS by March 1, 2019, if there are any discrepancies.  If you have foreign exchange courses, graduate-level courses, or were educated outside of North America, the PT Department will perform a manual GPA calculation.

If you have any questions regarding the ORPAS application form, please contact ORPAS by email at or by phone at 519-823-1063.

Applicant Checklist

Before applying:


  • Have you read through the information regarding deadlineprerequisites and the CAP test?
  • Have you submitted your application?
  • Have you printed your application from the final “Submit” section for your records?
  • Have you requested transcripts from all postsecondary institutions that you attended?
  • Have you paid all application service fee(s) and transcript request fee(s)?
  • Have you given your references the paper copy of the Confidential Assessment Form and asked them to write a corresponding letter?
  • Have you released your TOEFL test scores (if required)?

After applying:

  • Have you checked your ORPAS Verification Report for GPA accuracy and to ensure your references and transcripts have been received by ORPAS?
  • Have you checked your email (including your junk folder) for an invitation to the CAP, which will be sent by early April?
  • Have you submitted acceptable application changes via ORPAS?

More Questions?

If you still have questions after reviewing the above information, please visit our FAQs page. Applicants are welcome to contact us with unanswered questions by emailing us at