Before You Apply

The information provided below contains important information that will help you prepare for the MSc Physiotherapy Application process.

**It is unlawful to provide false claims in your application to the MScPT program. By applying, you certify that to the best of your knowledge, the information you provide in the application is correct and complete.**


All applicants to Dalhousie University’s Masters of Science in Physiotherapy are required to complete a mandatory 90-minute computer-based test (Casper), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of Casper is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. Click here for more information. Click here for upcoming dates.


Applicants must hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any field of study from a recognized academic institution.

The School encourages applicants from diverse academic backgrounds to consider physiotherapy and apply for the program. There are prerequisite courses that must be attained in Physiology, Anatomy, Statistics, Life Sciences, along with Languages, Humanities and/or Social Sciences.

The GPA required for admission is determined from the last 60 credit hours of the undergraduate degree. The minimum GPA is 3.3 or letter grade of B+.

A minimum of forty hours of non-paid community volunteering experience (not necessarily in the area of physiotherapy) in the last two years is required.


To be completed during an undergraduate degree and/or prior to admission:

  • "Human” Physiology (6 credit hours) Equivalent to PHYL 1011.03 &  PHYL 1012.03: Human Physiology 1 & 2.
  • “Human” Anatomy (3 credit hours) Equivalent to ANAT 1010.03 Anatomy must cover gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral and neurological systems
  • Statistics (3 credit hours) Examples include Statistics, Research Methods, Research Design
  • Languages/Humanities and/or Social Sciences requirements are Sociology, Philosophy, Languages and Contemporary Studies (6 credit hours with at least 3 credit hours in Psychology).
  • Life Sciences (3 credit hours) Examples include Biology, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Bio- chemistry, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering

The admissions committee strongly recommends that one or more courses in Physics and/or Biomechanics of Human Movement be taken in preparation for studies in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University

To determine equivalent courses from other universities, go to Dalhousie Online: Transfer Credit Equivalencies OR contact the appropriate Dalhousie Department.

Note: Applicants completing prerequisite courses during the admission year must include proof of registration with their application and final transcripts for these courses must be received by June 1st. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


Note: Our Admissions Application submission process opens in September each year. The below information will prepare you for what is required at the time.

The School of Physiotherapy must receive the following:

  • Record of completed CASPer test (NOTE: CASPer testing ends prior to the January 31st deadline. Make sure to check CASPer testing dates well in advance.
  • Completed School Online Supplementary Application Form (posted in our Admissions Package) by January 12.
  • Email official transcripts from ALL universities attended directly from the Registrar of your home institution to by January 19.
  • Two Academic Confidential Reference Letters.* A work reference from someone who may comment objectively on your goals may be included in addition to the two required academic references. January 31st.
  • English Language Competency test results (if applicable, see Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements)
  • Proof of registration of outstanding prerequisite courses
*What does Academic mean?
  • Must hold an appointment at an Academic Institution
  • Must have completed a Masters Degree (non-professional) or higher
  • Must have experience teaching, marking and grading students
  • Must include their email associated with their academic institution


Although immunization is not required until accepted into the MSc PT program. It is important to know that all applicants will be required to sign a Statement of Compliance regarding these requirements.


Before participating in site visits or clinical placements, students must be appropriately immunized as follows:

  • Diphtheria-tetanus
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitus B
  • Varicella
  • Tuberculosis skin tests

Note: In some cases, even though students have received the series of Hepatitis B immunisations in childhood, immunity is lost over the years.  It is required that students, get tested for Hepatitis B antibodies to determine their immune status.  If they are no longer immune, and need to redo the Hepatitis B series they will need to get a vaccination, then a booster in 1 month and a third shot 6 months later. One month after the 3rd shot serology is repeated and it is determined that the student is either immune or a "non-responder". This is an eight month process, and during those eight months students are not able undertake any clinical experiences outside of the school.

Serology and CRC/VSS records must be dated no earlier that 6 months prior to the September start date.


A recent satisfactory criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector survey, and a valid CPR certificate are also required.


There are a variety Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards offered as funding sources for the MScPT program, including the James Robinson Johnston Graduate Scholarship for African Canadians, The African Nova Scotian Graduate Scholarship, the Indigenous Graduate Scholarship. See complete list of Funding Sources. Check with Faculty of Graduate Studies for important deadlines.



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Admissions Assistant
Tel: (902) 494-1947