School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Physical Therapy

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"I currently work at a clinic that has a few hopeful Queen’s PT applicants for this year. Talking to them made me reflect on just how amazing my time at Queen’s really was. I love my profession and am very thankful my application was put into the “accept” pile way back in 2008 when I started at Queen’s...The friends I made from my two years at strong to this day and I look at back at Queen’s with only the best memories.. While I was in the thick of it I couldn’t see it, but being a Queen’s PT students was one of the best times of my life...”

Jesse Awenus, Msc PT 2010

Program Contact

School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Louise D. Acton Building
31 George Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Admissions & Student Support Coordinator
PHone:613-533-6000 ext 75448


Program Overview

The mission of MScPT program is to provide an outstanding learning environment for the education of  future physical therapy professionals. The curriculum follows a competency-based framework in which the specific goal of the educational program is to prepare individuals to undertake the roles of a Physical Therapist in Canada. These roles include clinical practitioner, communicator, collaborator, manager, advocate, scholarly practitioner, and professional.

With critical enquiry and evidence-based practice as the foundation, our program promotes the acquisition of advanced academic knowledge, skills and behaviors that are essential for a primary health care provider in a complex and continually evolving health care environment.

The MScPT program is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and recently underwent a review. Learn more.


Our students have the opportunity to access dynamic learning environments and diverse and exciting clinical placements across Canada and internationally. Inter-professional educational experiences are woven throughout the program. Upon graduation, students become eligible to take the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Examination that allows them to become registered with any of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies, and become a practicing physiotherapist.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Hospitals and rehabilitation centres
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private practices
  • Community agencies
  • Home care
  • Children’s treatment centres and school health programs
  • Sports physiotherapy clinics
  • Stroke and neurological rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Government
  • Policy and professional organizations
  • International development and aide organizations
  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • Work in Canada and abroad
  • Not for profit organizations


Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. PT: 24 months (continuous)

Method of Completion

Course work, and clinical placements

  • Dr. Lucie Pelland (Associate Director)
  • Dr. Mohammad Auais
  • Prof. Randy Booth
  • Dr. Vincent DePaul
  • Dr. Nandini Deshpande
  • Prof. Diana Hopkins-Rosseel
  • Ms. Melanie Law
  • Mr. Graeme Leverette
  • Dr. Jordan Miller
  • Dr. Kathleen Norman
  • Dr. Trisha Parsons
  • Dr. David Pedlar
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

You  are not technically eligible to apply for a bursary before becoming a registered student at Queen’s University, however, you may be eligible for bursary assistance through student awards, including OGS bursaries and the Queen’s General Bursary. In addition, every second year the Program offers the Goldman Sachs Bursary to an incoming student whose parents are immigrants.  Unfortunately, the School of Graduate Studies does not make internal scholarship funding available to students in professional programs.

Academic Prerequisites

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree with a minimum second-class standing from a recognized university including:
  • At least one course in introductory psychology (minimum 1.0) and one course in statistics (minimum 0.5)
  • Undergraduate courses with substantive content in human anatomy (minimum 0.5) and physiology (minimum 0.5). One full credit in human anatomy is recommended

Grades Required

Our first cut-off is based on:

  • GPA of your most recent 10 full-course  or 20 half-course undergraduate credits (subGPA)
  • The level of the cut off for the subGPA is dependent on the applicant pool
  • Cumulative GPA for all years of undergraduate study must be ≥ 2.89

Other Requirements

  • Queen’s Physical Therapy Personal Submission Form questions
  • Two Confidential Reference Forms (downloadable from ORPAS website)
  • Documented evidence (through volunteer work, community service or personal experience) of strong interest in the profession of physical therapy, knowledge of the profession and desire to work with people of all ages


Admission is restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) prior to the closing date for receipt of applications.

Test Requirements

For students who have lived in an English speaking country for less than three years, you must have one of:

  • TOEFL Minimum scores required: Internet-based test (iBT) 94 with scores in the following ranges: reading – high (22–30); listening – high (22–30); speaking – good (26–30); writing – good (24–30)
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 8

Key Dates and Deadlines

Note: applications for the Physical Therapy program at Queen’s must be made through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service which can be contacted at:

Application Open: mid-October.

Application Deadline: Early January (through ORPAS)

Notification of Acceptance: mid-May

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (PT) (120 KB)

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Physical Therapy
Pursuing her career while giving back to her sport