How to Apply

MScPT Full-Time 24 Month Program

Overview of the Admission Process
Stage One: Non-Academic Assessment – CASPer
Stage Two: Academic and Non-Academic Assessment – Degree Requirements, Sub-GPA, Prerequisites, TOEFL, Reference Letters, and General File Review
Stage Three: Non-Academic Assessment – Computer Administered Profile (CAP)
Stage Four: Final Ranking
Submitting an Application
Application Statistics
Applicant Checklist
Notes for Internationally Educated Physical Therapists
Admission Information Session: October 2021
Registration to Practice
Program Accreditation
Health Requirements
Criminal Record Checks
More Questions?

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Overview of the Admissions Process

How to Apply:
Deadline to Apply:
Academic Requirements:
  • Appropriate undergraduate degree
  • Mid-B in the final year of university degree
  • Prerequisite courses with at least 70% in each course
  • TOEFL (if applicable)
Non-Academic Requirements:
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada
  • Academic reference letter
  • Professional reference letter
  • CASPer test
  • Computer Administered Profile (CAP)
CASPer Deadline:
CAP Day:
  • Saturday, April 16, 2022 
Applicant Ranking Process
  • Stage One: Applicants with a CASPer z-score ≥ -1 will advance to the next stage
  • Stage Two: Academic review (degree, sub-GPA, prerequisites, TOEFL) and assessment of reference letters
  • Stage Three: Top applicants are invited to write the CAP
  • Stage Four: Remaining applicants are ranked according to the following equation: 60% sub-GPA + 40% CAP Score = rank


Stage One: Non-Academic Assessment – CASPer

CASPer score will be used as the initial screening process. Applicants must score ≥ -1 in order to proceed to the next stage in the admission cycle.  All applicants are required to complete the online CASPer test to be admissible to the MScPT program. Please ensure that you use the same email address in both your ORPAS account and your CASPer account. The CASPer test can be completed on any computer with internet and a webcam from any location. For more information, visit the CASPer website. The CASPer SnapShot is NOT required and will not be reviewed.

An Overview of CASPer

The CASPer is an online situational judgement test that evaluates personal and professional characteristics. The test consists of 12 sections and is composed of open-ended questions that measure soft skills such as communication, ethics, and empathy. 

When to Write the CASPer

Specific CASPer testing dates for the University of Toronto MScPT program will be listed on the CASPer website

How to Distribute CASPer Scores to the University of Toronto, MScPT

  1. Applicants must select the University of Toronto MScPT program for results distribution.
  2. Additionally, you need to ensure that the email address you use in your ORPAS application is the same email address you use in your CASPer account. 
  3. Note: failure to follow these instructions may result in the disqualification of your application to the MScPT program.  

Stage Two: Academic and Non-Academic Assessment – Degree Requirements, Sub-GPA, Prerequisites, TOEFL, Reference Letters, and General File Review

Applicants who advance to this second stage in the admissions process will be assessed for academic and non-academic requirements, including degree requirements, sub-GPA, TOEFL, and reference letters. 

Degree Requirements and Minimum Required Grades 

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, provided that they have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements. In this case, students must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements no later than June 30, 2022

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 of undergraduate level study (e.g., five full-course equivalents at the senior level). Please note that the mid-B average is a minimum requirement, and a higher sub-GPA cutoff on the last 20 half courses completed will be required to be competitive in the MScPT admission process. Applicants who have completed graduate level work are required to have a minimum requirement of a mid-B average in all graduate courses, as per School of Graduate Studies regulations.  

Notes for Applicants who 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 are strongly encouraged 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 Language Proficiency Requirement 

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.

English facility test results are valid for two years. 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 of the application year. 


Sub-GPA is calculated based on the 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.  

Please note that sub-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 sub-GPA. Please review this table for details on the conversion scale used in this process. GPA cutoff varies from year to year, the GPA cutoff for the Fall 2019 cycle was 3.81 which is equivalent to a GPA in the A- to A range. Academic and research practicums (e.g., thesis courses) will be included in the calculation of your ORPAS sub-GPA.

Courses not Included in the Sub-GPA Calculation*:

    • Co-operative education courses
    • Courses with non-convertible grades such as pass/fail (i.e., no grade awarded; courses for which a “Pass” grade is assigned are not included in the calculations and courses for which a “Fail” grade is assigned will be included as a failure)
    • Continuing education certificate courses
    • Diploma courses
    • Sports performance courses
    • Visual, music, or dramatic arts performance
    • Naturopathic medicine courses
    • Chiropractic medicine courses
    • Many theological courses
    • Nil/Zero credit courses
    • Community college credits
    • Internships, placements, vocations, and apprenticeships 
    • Upgrading courses that are not completed at the senior level (see below for more details)
    • Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) undergraduate degree courses 
    • Transfer credits from the college level that have not been assigned a grade by the university issuing the degree

*Please note that the list above is not comprehensive. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to refuse consideration of courses not considered eligible or comparatively equivalent to undergraduate study in the liberal arts or sciences.

Repeated 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 sub-GPA calculation.

An Example of Which Courses are Used to Calculate Sub-GPA 

  Fall/Winter 2019

(second year)

Fall/Winter 2020

(third year)

Fall 2021

(first term, 4th year)

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

Notes for Students with Graduate Level Work

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. 

Upgrading sub-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 MScPT program

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a university level and must be completed within the last seven years. For September 2022 admission, prerequisite courses must be completed no earlier than September 2015 and no later than May 31, 2022.

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 biomechanics, chemistry, physics, geology, physical 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 is not acceptable as a statistics course and statistics content in other courses does not meet the requirement.

Entering Prerequisite Course Information into the ORPAS 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), applicants must use the Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) tool to upload detailed course descriptions to ORPAS. When uploading the course descriptions, be sure to include your full name and ORPAS/OUAC Reference Identification number. ORPAS will forward the documentation to your university/program choice(s). Course descriptions should be no more than three pages.

Minimum Grade 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 from prerequisite courses will not be counted as part of the sub-GPA calculation unless they are within the last 20 half credits completed. 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

Applicants must verify that their human physiology, human anatomy, and statistics/research methods courses will be accepted by visiting the Prerequisites Verification page

Applicants can take two half-course equivalents within each prerequisite category to meet our requirements. For example, for Life and/or Physical Science prerequisite it would be acceptable to take one half-course equivalent in biology + one half-course equivalent in chemistry. 

Common Course Weighting Systems 

Here is a chart with examples that equates the most common course weights.

University of Toronto Course Weight Ryerson University Course Weight York University Course Weight University of Victoria Course Weight USA Course Weight
0.5 or one-half course 1 credit 3 credits 1.5 credits 4 credits or other
1.0 or one full course 2 credits 6 credits 3.0 credits 8 credits or other

Reference Letters

Academic and professional references will also be assessed during the second stage of the admission process. 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 include professors or instructors from a university setting. 
  • Examples of professional references include 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.

Stage Three: Non-Academic Assessment – Computer Administered Profile (CAP)

After the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s academic qualifications and completes a file review, a sub-GPA cutoff is determined based on the application pool. Only top applicants are invited to write the Computer Administered Profile (CAP) onlineIn order to accommodate religious observances, exam conflicts, and medical related special requirements there will be a secondary CAP date. Official documents are required before granting the alternate exam opportunity. Applicants invited to the CAP exam will be notified by email by in late March or early April using the email address recorded in the ORPAS application.  

An Overview of 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 for which applicants can study. 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. 

How to Submit an Alternate CAP Request

Please note that Alternate CAP Day is reserved for applicants with academic accommodation needs, religious and/or exam conflicts, medical-related issues, or other unavoidable, extenuating circumstances. All requests for special consideration must be accompanied by supporting documentation and final decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. To request special consideration, please follow the instructions on the CAP invitation.

  • Academic Accommodations

If you require academic accommodations, you must provide documentation from the Accessibility Office of your current institution that clearly states your name and the specific accommodations you require during examinations. It must be signed and on official letterhead.

  • Examination Conflicts

If you have an examination conflict, you must provide documentation that demonstrates 1) your enrollment in the conflicting course(s) (e.g., a current timetable with your name and the conflicting course clearly stated) and 2) evidence of the date of the examination.

  • Weddings

Requests for special consideration on the basis of attending a wedding may be considered under special circumstances, such as if the bride or groom is an immediate relative. Please note that a copy of the wedding invitation including the date, time, and location, as well as a copy of a boarding pass (or equivalent, if applicable) will be required in all cases. Applicants with examination/religious conflicts and academic or medical accommodation requirements are given priority over applicants requesting special consideration on the basis of a wedding.

  • Vacations

We are unable to accommodate requests for special consideration based on vacations.

  • Work Schedules

We are unable to accommodate individual work and/or volunteer schedules and applicants are responsible for making alternate arrangements with their employers.

  • Other

For applicants with other conflicts or extenuating circumstances (e.g., religious and/or medical) please contact to discuss your situation. All requests for special consideration must be accompanied by supporting documentation and final decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Stage Four: Final Ranking

Once applicants have written the CAP, they will be ranked according to the following equation: 60% sub-GPA + 40% CAP Score = applicant rank. After this ranking, offers of admission are made to selected applicants.

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). Applications are usually available from ORPAS by mid-October annually and the application deadline is usually early January. Remember that internet connections may be disrupted close to the deadline (therefore, applicants are advised to complete the application well before the deadline).Full instructions on the application process are provided on the ORPAS website and in the ORPAS Application Guide

After receiving the application and all of the official transcripts, ORPAS will calculate a sub-GPA. Applicants can check their Verification Report (VR) by logging into their ORPAS application. This report is available once an applicant’s academic record has been reviewed by ORPAS. The VR will present an up-to-date summary of all information contained in one’s application, including the transcripts and Confidential Assessment Forms that have been received. It will also include the sub-GPA and a list of all courses/grades used in the calculation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check the VR and contact ORPAS if there are any discrepancies.  Applicants who have graduate-level courses or were educated outside of North America, please note that the Department of Physical Therapy will perform a manual sub-GPA calculation. 

Questions regarding the ORPAS application form can be directed to ORPAS by email at or by phone at 519-823-1063.

Application Statistics

Entering Year 2021  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Number of Applications 1282 947 904 944 989 868 1097 1035 1139 1048 1062 1004 879 984
sub-GPA* Cutoff 3.83 3.78 3.81 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 110 109 110 100 100 93 89 91 88 87 100 85 84 90
Average sub-GPA* of Class TBA 3.89 3.90 3.90 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 110 students for the 2022 cycle.

Applicant Checklist

Before applying:


  • Have you ordered a WES evaluation (if applicable)?
  • Have you ordered foreign transcripts (if applicable) to be sent from the issuing institution directly to ORPAS?
  • Have you written the CASPer and released your score to the University of Toronto MScPT program?
  • Have you printed your application from the final “Submit” section for your records?
  • Have you submitted your application?
  • Have you written the TOEFL released your TOEFL test scores (if required)?
  • Have you requested transcripts from all post secondary institutions that you attended?
  • Have you paid all application service fee(s) and transcript request fee(s)?

After applying:

  • Have you checked your ORPAS Verification Report for sub-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 late March or early April?
  • Have you submitted acceptable application changes (e.g., address, phone number) via ORPAS?

Notes for 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.

Admission Information Session: October 2021

The Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hold joint information sessions. Prospective applicants have an opportunity to learn about the professions from faculty members and ask admission questions directly to the Student Liaison Officer. Please note that the information session will be virtual this year and tours will not be available.

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 4:45 pm- 6:45 pm ET

Registration is required to attend the event. Please register online.  If you would like a parent or friend to attend the event with you, they must also register for the event. You can view the embedded recording below:

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 program 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 until April 30, 2022. A description of Accreditation – Fully Compliant follows.

Accreditation – Fully Compliant
  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no criteria in non-compliance.
  • There could be identified concerns that the program must improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
  • If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary at any time in the six year accreditation cycle.
  • 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 Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators ( 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 or by contacting Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (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, COVID-19, 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 and before school begins in September 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. Questions concerning the health form should be directed to

Criminal Record Checks

As all physical therapy students undertake significant portions of their education in settings with exposure to vulnerable populations, you are required to complete and submit the results of a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check. This process must be initiated through your local police service and must be completed prior to registration in the Physical Therapy Program. Costs incurred will be at your own expense.

Police forces may use slightly different language to describe the various levels of record checks available. Your record checks must include search results from local police records, Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP’s) Canadian Police Information Centre, and the Pardoned Sex Offender Records. This high level of record check is the one required by volunteer and other agencies who serve children and other vulnerable populations. 

More information on this process will be provided to applicants who are offered admission to the MScPT program.

Failure to obtain a satisfactory Police Record Check may result in alternative or delayed placements and may affect your graduation date.

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