University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

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Rehabilitation Medicine

University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Field of Study:Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Areas of Research:Epidemiology of Chronic Neurological Disease; Motoneuron Properties, Spasticity and Recovery of Motor Function; Quality of Life Issues and Health Care Delivery; Spinal Cord Injuries; Spinal Disorders and Osteoporosis; Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,072


The PhD in Rehabilitation Science (PhD RS) program is designed for future academics, graduate students who are preparing themselves for teaching and research careers in rehabilitation science or related fields. Interested applicants will include clinicians in the professions of rehabilitation medicine (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and audiology), physical medicine (physiatry and orthopedics), biomechanical and electrical engineers with special interests in rehabilitation technologies and assistive devices; persons interested in health care ethics, clinical service delivery and program management; persons interested in developmental issues across the life span; and individuals with special interest in spinal disorders, to name a few.

The PhD RS program trains doctoral students to understand the theoretical bases of rehabilitation science, to identify areas in which theoretical foundations are still required, and to design and conduct research investigations aimed at answering those theoretical questions. It will provide breadth and depth of knowledge in each student's chosen area of specialization. Normally, students select one of the aspects of rehabilitation science described among the research interests listed by the individual graduate faculty members as the focus of their dissertation research. Preliminary contact with individual faculty members is encouraged to establish shared research interests and compatible views of the teaching/learning relationship.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    A master’s degree or the equivalent of an honours BSc degree in a rehabilitation discipline or a related field; a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta four-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution during the last two years of full-time study;
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]
    Application Notes : Applicants may also take a PTE with a minimum score of 59 in order to prove their English proficiency.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Transcripts are also required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 07, 2022