MSc Physiotherapy

THE APPLICATION PROCESS is now open for the intake of 2019. PLEASE NOTE: that all applicants to Dalhousie's MScPT program are required to successfully complete the CASPer test in order to maintain admission eligibility. Please ensure that your university transcripts and confidential academic reference letters are received by our application deadline: January 31, 2019 (midnight).

About our MScPT Program

Discover the endless opportunities that the profession of Physiotherapy has to offer. Physiotherapy is a diverse and interesting career that involves the study of physical function of the human body in health and disease. The MSc Physiotherapy program educates physiotherapists who excel in their profession through advanced education and research training in the rehabilitation sciences.

The MSc Physiotherapy degree is an intensive 25-month program consisting of 66 academic weeks (four full terms) and 30 weeks of clinical placements (five six-week placements). The degree prepares students with the professional education and experience necessary to apply for a license to practice physiotherapy. Basic science content is integrated with physiotherapy-specific course content across eight academic modules focusing on the following themes: clinical reasoning and best practices; professionalism, leadership and collaboration; ethical reasoning and cultural sensitivity; innovation and entrepreneurship; therapeutic exercise; health promotion and secondary prevention; and communication.

Clinical education is an integral part of physiotherapy academics. Site visits and clinical placements are taken at a variety of facilities throughout the program and can start as early as September of your first year. The main purpose of the clinical placements is to provide the student with an opportunity, under professional supervision, to practice the assessment and treatment skills and to utilize the knowledge acquired during the academic modules.


If you are considering a career in Physiotherapy, please review the Essential Skills and Attributes (See dropdown right) or view print out [PDF-95KB}


The School of Physiotherapy is committed to increasing the admission of and number of graduates from historically underrepresented groups: Indigenous peoples (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized minority groups (especially historic African Nova Scotians), and persons with disabilities.

Admission prerequisites are required for all applicants. However, applicants who apply under the Equitable Admissions Policy are considered on the basis of their qualifications for graduate study in physiotherapy rather than in relation to other candidates.

The School of Physiotherapy encourages applicants who wish to apply under the Equitable Admissions Policy to indicate so on the Graduate Application Form and their Supplementary Application Form.


  • Application and CASPer testing available online ~ September of the preceding year
  • Application deadline ~ January 31st
  • Interviews ~ April
  • Letter of Conditional Acceptance ~ May/June
  • Start Classes – September Fall term



Enrolment in the program is currently limited to 62 students. The School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie is the only school serving Atlantic Canada. As such, a provincial quota system is in place with a specified number of seats allocated annually for residents of New Brunswick (15), Prince Edward Island (2), Newfoundland and Labrador (10) and Nova Scotia (16). In addition, there are also 19 discretionary seats, which may be offered to Atlantic Canadians, applicants who reside outside of the Atlantic Provinces and inter-national applicants. If you are unclear about your residency status, please check the Residency Guidelines.  


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Admissions Assistant
Tel: (902) 494-1947