Applying

How can I apply to the physical therapy program?
Applications are available from ORPAS, a division of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Visit ORPAS and click on the ORPAS Online Application link.

Do I need to have my undergraduate degree finished to apply?
Applicants must be able to forward a final transcript showing that their undergraduate degree has been conferred by the end of June, prior to the September start date. Applicants who are not able to meet this requirement are advised to apply the following year.

If my undergraduate degree will be conferred in the fall that the MScPT program starts, can I still apply?
No, applicants must be able to forward a final transcript showing that their undergraduate degree has been conferred by the end of June, prior to the September start date. 

Do I need to take the MCAT or GRE?
No.

Do I need a criminal record check?
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.

I have graduate level degree work in progress (or completed). How will my application be considered?
Graduate applicants are generally considered in the exact same manner as undergraduate applicants. While you should include your graduate program in the ORPAS application and send a graduate transcript to ORPAS, please note that the sub-GPA that ORPAS calculates will not includes grades from graduate level coursework. The Department will consider graduate level coursework and update your sub-GPA ranking, if applicable.  You will be required to send evidence of graduate/professional degree conferral (or withdrawal) before being able to register in the MScPT.

I have other post-secondary work in progress (or completed). How will my application be considered?
Applicants with additional education beyond an undergraduate degree are generally considered in the exact same manner as undergraduate applicants. While you should include all of your educational background in the ORPAS application and send all official post-secondary transcripts to ORPAS, please note that the sub-GPA that ORPAS calculates will only include undergraduate level course work. The Department will consider graduate level coursework and update your sub-GPA ranking, if applicable.  You will be required to send evidence of  degree conferral (or withdrawal) for any programs beyond the required undergraduate degree before being able to register in the MScPT.

I’m a mature applicant. How will my application be considered?
The same application and selection process is used for all applicants.

When does the application to the physical therapy program at U of T open?
Applications are generally available on the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS) website by mid-October of each year. Applications are typically due in early January but the exact date varies from one year to the next. Applicants are expected to be fully aware of all important dates and deadlines.

When are applications due?
Applications are typically due in early January but the exact date varies from one year to the next. Applicants are expected to be fully aware of all important dates and deadlines.

I missed the deadline! Can you re-open the application for me?
No. Applicants are expected to be fully aware of all important dates and deadlines.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?
No. The MScPT program is only offered on a full-time basis.

Is there a January start date for new students?
No. The MScPT program only has a September start date each year.

Is it possible to transfer into physical therapy at U of T from another physical therapy program?
No, because of the unique structure of our curriculum, transfers are not possible into this program.

Are international students (e.g., students in Canada with a study visa) eligible for your program?
No. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. This means that the last day you are able to update your status is the application deadline.

I should get my permanent residency by June, and the program doesn’t start until September. Can I still apply?
No. Obtaining permanent residency can be a long and complex process. In order to ensure that our class is filled with eligible candidates, we are not able to make exceptions to this rule. All applicants must have residency or Canadian citizenship by the application deadline.

I was educated in a language other than English or French. Can I take the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?
No. We only accept the TOEFL or the Academic English course offered by U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. For the minimum scores required, visit the English Proficiency Requirement section within our How to Apply page.

I am an internationally trained physical therapist/physiotherapist. Can I apply to this program?
No. Our MScPT is a direct entry to practice degree meant for applicants who have no physical therapy training. For information on obtaining a license to practice in Ontario, review the Physiotherapist Career Map created by the Ontario government. We also offer a Bridging Program, 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.

How do you select who receives an offer to join the program?
Enrolment selection is based on a combination of CASPer exam score, reference letters, a general file review (e.g., academic preparation, prerequisites, reference letters, etc.), CAP exam score, and sub-GPA. The final ranking is based on 60% sub-GPA +40% CAP score.

What kind of students are you looking for?
We look for a wide range of well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals who are self-confident, strong leaders, and who have strong problem-solving abilities will flourish in this program and will find this program a good fit. We accept applications from individuals with a disability or of aboriginal descent as well as those who hold graduate degrees.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections. If you still need help, email physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.