Welcome to the UBC Online Master of Rehabilitation Science program

The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals who wish to gain the knowledge to impact care and shape future practice. With a MRSc degree, more leadership opportunities are available to you, such as expert practitioner, clinical educator, practice lead, healthcare manager, or consultant in program evaluation.

You will learn how to:

  • design and execute knowledge translation plans to change outdated practices.
  • develop and deliver education programs for patients, and/or to equip colleagues with the knowledge and skills to improve care.
  • facilitate interprofessional reasoning for improved decision making.
  • plan and lead programs with change management strategies to quicken improvements and decrease costs.
  • choose effective methods to evaluate patient and program outcomes.
  • And much more based on your interests.

Unlike traditional thesis-based research master's programs, the MRSc is a course-based program but learners can also choose to complete a work- or practice-based research project. 

The MRSc allows you to obtain a master's degree while working full-time. This prevents any loss of income while pursuing graduate studies. Most learners choose to complete the degree within three to five years part-time. You can graduate in one year if you study full-time.

Is the MRSc the Right Fit?

Choosing a graduate program takes time and careful thought. We have designed a questionnaire to help you assess if our program fits your needs. Download it here.

Please note, the MRSc is not an entry-level credential for rehabilitation in Canada or other countries; that is, completing the program does not mean you are eligible to practice as a health professional (e.g. Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist). The MRSc is an advanced degree for health professionals already working in rehabilitation who have a minimum of three (3) years of work experience practicing in their profession in a health care setting. Current or past experience needs to include having your own caseload, and assessing and treating patients independently.

 Try One Course First

If you have been away from university studies for a few years you may worry about your ability to study again. In this case consider enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Program and trying one or two courses before applying to the master's program. This also gives you a chance to try online learning. This certificate can be completed in less than two years while working full-time. Details here.


The  Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at the University of British Columbia maintains high standards which are recognized around the world. UBC is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.  Incorporated in 1908 by an act of the provincial legislature, it operates under the authority of the University Act of the Province of British Columbia. Membership in AUCC and operation under the authority of the University Act is equivalent to accreditation in the US system.

More information

If you have reviewed the information about the curriculum, admission requirements and application process and other information under the ‘Master of Rehabilitation Science’ tab and have questions about the program, and/or are not currently on our mailing list, please email us or call 604-827-5374.