Applying to Professional Master's Programs

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s graduate departments listed below offer professional masters programs. These programs provide advanced professional education leading to specialized degree qualifications that for some professions are required for professional licensing examination.

Applied Immunology
Master of Science in Biomedical Communication Master of Health Science in Medical Radiation Science
Master of Health Science in Translational Research
Genetic Counseling Medical Genomics
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Applied Clinical Pharmacology
Master of Science in Physical Therapy
Medical Physiology
Master of Health Science

Applying to the Clinical Rehabilitation Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences

1. Explore and Evaluate Professional Programs.  Research and Review Admission Requirements for Each Program Carefully

- Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech-language Pathology

2. Choose your Program

The next step is to proceed with the application process

3.  When Should you Apply?

Opens mid-October and applications are due in early January.  Prospective applicants should both the ORPAS and the individual departments' websites for other important dates.

4.  Complete Online Application Package

(Available online via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre,  Please check the Rehabilitation Sciences Program (ORPAS) website for complete Professional Program application details

- Online application form
     - CDN $190 application fee (non-refundable)
     - CDN $90 university fee (for each university you select)
- 2 References, 1 Professional, 1 Academic
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts
- Statement of Interest

5.  Offer of Admission

Can be viewed by logging into the ORPAS application portal.  Applicants should refer to ORPAS for specific dates related to when offers are released and when they expire.

SLP typically releases offers in early-April whereas OT/PT do so in mid-May. The exact dates will vary year-to-year.

6. What if You Don't Get In? 

Given the level of competition in professional programs, it is important to have a backup plan.  Make your application stronger and reapply in the next session.

Academic Background

An appropriate 4-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of a mid-B in the final year of studies is the minimum degree requirements for all three programs.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure that all prerequisite course requirements have been satisfied.  Please check with the department.

Each department has their requirements, please check their website.

Health Requirements 

Applicants are expected to be in a state of health that allows for participation in the academic and clinical programs without posing a risk to oneself or others. Applicants who have been offered admission to the program will be required to submit medical certification that confirms immunization against against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, rebella, measles, mumps, chicken pox and hepatitis B, as well as medical certification confirming a negative tuberculosis test result.  Other vaccines may be required.

Police Record Checks

Many placements (e.g., school boards, social service sites) require police record checks.

Language Requirement

TOEFL is only required for applicants whose degree was completed outside of Canada/US in a language other than English/French.


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology

Applying to Course Based and Professional Master's Programs

1. Explore and Evaluate Course-Based and Professional Programs 

Research and review admission requirements for each
program carefully.

2. Choose your Program

The next step is to proceed with the application process with
appropriate academic background and prerequisite course

3. When Should you Apply?

Check the department website.

4. Complete the Online Application Package 

Visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Language Requirements 

The TOEFL is only required for applicants whose degree was completed outside of Canada/US in a language other than English/French.

Offer of Admission

Please check with the department.

What if You Don't Get In?

Given the level of competition, it is important to have a backup plan. Make your application stronger and reapply in the next session.

Course Based Masters (MSc)

MSc in Biomedical Communications
MSc in Genetic Counselling
MSc in Applied Immunology
MSc in Applied Clinical Pharmacology

Professional Masters (MHSc)

MHSc in Medical Genomics
MHSc in Translational Research in the Health Sciences
MHSc in Medical Physiology
MHSc in Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Embryology or Pathologist's
Assistant (pending approval)

Medical Genomics

The MHSc in Medical Genomics is a two-year, full-time professional
program, and the first of its kind in Canada. This degree addresses an
emerging need for professionals who are able to generate, integrate, and interpret genetic and genomic data – areas that are transforming
healthcare and patient management. Focused on providing directly
actionable skills and knowledge, the program provides medical trainees, research scientists, and laboratory professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to incorporate genomics into research and medical practice.The M.H.Sc. in Medical Genomics is tailored to a new era of research and clinical science, providing professional skills for a world where genetic and genomic data are routinely collected and analyzed.

Biomedical Communications 

Clear and compelling illustrations, animations, and simulations are vital to discovery and communication in science, medicine, and health. Over a two-year curriculum, the professional Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) Program engages students in the creation and evaluation of a range of visual tools, including medical illustration, media and user experience design, animation, and virtual simulations.  The MScBMC program is unique in Canada and one of a handful of accredited Master’s level medical visualization programs in the world.  This graduate degree is offered through the Institute of Medical Science in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Translational Research Program

The Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Translational Research at the
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology is a project-based
graduate degree intended for students from diverse backgrounds who
aspire to apply knowledge for innovation in healthcare. The two-year
competency focused degree employs collaborative and self-directed
“learning by doing” to challenge students to think differently. Students
explore strategies, competencies and creative problem-solving
approaches indispensable for innovating people-centered processes,
procedures, products and services. Through real-world challenges,
mentorship, networking, and personal development plans, students gain experience, expertise, and practical insights into processes, regulatory frameworks, translational networks and strategies applicable to a range of careers across medicine, health and care.

Genetic Counselling

The MSc in Genetic Counselling is a 2-year professional degree program that prepares students with the academic knowledge and clinical skills to work as highly competent genetic counsellors in a variety of practice settings including healthcare, labs, industry, and public health. Genetic counsellors provide genetic assessment and counselling to individuals/families with, or at risk for, a genetic disorder, and can also be involved in teaching and research. Other roles include administrative leadership, advisory roles for government and/or support organizations and precision medicine leadership. The program at U of T is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counselling.

Medical Physiology

A near-infinite amount of data is generated by clinicians, researchers,
and emergent health technologies every day. But who can interpret that data and render it relevant for use? The MHSc in Medical Physiology was designed to address this rapidly emerging need. The program is twelve months in length – two semesters of courses with our worldclass faculty, followed by a practicum in an industry, hospital, or government setting. This combination of coursework and hands-on
experience ensures that graduates are equipped with the applied
physiology knowledge and practical skills sought by today’s competitive health-related workforce.

Applied Immunology

The MSc in the field of Applied Immunology is a non-thesis, research-based, graduate program. Students will gain training in designing, implementing and evaluating immunological techniques through specified course work and a major research project in a host laboratory. The degree requirements involve the completion of three small oral and written presentations in which students summarize their findings and discoveries. The program offers diverse course selection, as candidates may choose from a wide array of graduate courses, from our department and others, which fit their interests. The MSc degree is fixed-length, and students complete their
degree within two years or less.

Applied Clinical Pharmacology

Applied Clinical Pharmacology (ACP) takes an innovative approach to
graduate education in pharmacology. Our 2-year, course-based, MSc
program allows students to develop expertise in clinical pharmacology
and its application with emphasis on understanding and participating in the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of clinical drug
research. Through engaging and interactive courses, including
participation in an independent research project supervised by one of
our internationally-respected faculty members, our program promotes
critical thinking, effective communication, and career development.
Our full-time internships often directly lead to employment in the
pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations, hospital based clinical trial sites, government agencies, and consulting firms.

Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Embryology or Pathologists' Assistant 

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, in close
collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is
offering a two-year full-time professional Master of Health Science degree program to educate clinical laboratory medicine scientists in one of two fields in Laboratory Medicine: Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) or Clinical Embryology (CE). Enrollment is 10 students per year (5 PA and 5 CE).  Pathologists’ Assistants are involved in providing diagnostic services in anatomical pathology by applying knowledge of tissue and laboratory analysis of human specimens. Clinical Embryologists provide clinical management related to assisted reproductive technology in clinical embryology laboratories.