Academic Requirements

Is there a specific undergraduate program that is most suitable for admission to the PT program?
No. Applicants with a degree in almost any discipline are encouraged to apply. All programs are treated equally in the evaluation process. Regardless of your program of study, you will need to ensure that you have completed the prerequisite coursework, as detailed in the How to Apply section. 

What does “in almost any discipline” mean?
Applicants must have a degree with at least 75% liberal arts and science content. Generally, most degree level programs meet this requirement. However, certain programs such as degrees in the fine arts (e.g., dance, art, music, etc.) with practical components (e.g., studio, rehearsal, practice etc.) or theological degrees may not meet the 75% requirement. History courses in these subjects would normally be counted. If you are interested in applying to PT and you have this type of degree, we recommend that you take extra senior level (3rd and 4th year) liberal arts and science courses to demonstrate your readiness and fit for our program. There are exceptions so please consult with physther.facmed@utoronto.ca if you are unsure. Regardless of your program of study, you will need to ensure that you have completed the prerequisite coursework, as detailed in the How to Apply section. 

Is there a program that will best prepare me for PT?
We find that most of our students entering our program have a science background of some kind. Specifically, we receive many applications from kinesiology, biology, and medical science students. Regardless of your program of study, you will need to ensure that you have completed the prerequisite coursework, as detailed in the How to Apply section. 

I completed a three year bachelor degree program. Can I apply to PT?
Yes. Applicants should keep in mind that they will be competing against students with four-year university level bachelor degrees.

I completed a college level bachelor degree program. Can I apply to PT?
Yes. We will consider these degrees only if the degree is completed in full (or will be completed in full by our June 30 deadline) and provides appropriate scholarly preparation. A strong foundation in arts and science coursework is normally seen as a good indicator of appropriate preparation. However, applicants should keep in mind that they will be competing against students with university level bachelor degrees.

Do I have to carry a full-course load every year during my undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply?
No. Please note, the MScPT program is only offered on a full-time basis.

What university grades are required?
This varies from year to year. However, an A- average over your last 20 half-courses is generally competitive. See our admission statistics table for full details.

What will the GPA cutoff for this year be?
The GPA cutoff has been in the A- to A range for the past several years. However, since we base the exact cutoff on the applicant pool, we are unable to determine the cutoff until after the application cycle has closed. You can review our statistics on previous application years for historical data.

Can I email you my transcript for you to check how competitive my application is?
No. Due to the number of applications we receive and the resources we have, it is not possible to pre-screen applications. Applications (including transcripts) are only reviewed when we receive an official application through ORPAS. However, you can check the competitiveness of your application yourself by calculating your sub-GPA. Use the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table provided by ORPAS. Each grade counted within the calculation should be converted to a number on the 4.0 scale, and the average should be taken from those translated figures.

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, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.