Master’s degree for practising physiotherapists

Presentation of the program

The master’s degree in physiotherapy (profile B) is composed of the theoretical courses included in the Specialized Graduate Certificate (DESS in French) in physiotherapy and of a clinical integration project. This professional master’s program is intended for practising physiotherapists. It aims at acquiring new knowledge based on clinical evidence, developing skills and competencies relating to physiotherapy and integrating clinical evidence into practice.

The program totalizes 45 credits, which include 30 course credits (21 mandatory course credits, 6 elective physiotherapy course credits and 3 additional elective course credits) from the DESS program in physiotherapy and 15 credits dedicated to the clinical integration project.

Admission requirements

DESS (physiotherapy)

To be eligible to register in the DESS (physiotherapy) as a regular student, the candidate must:

  • have a Bachelor of Health Sciences (physiotherapy) diploma or a diploma considered to be equivalent;
  • have obtained a grade point average of at least 2,7 out of 4,3 (or the equivalent) at the undergraduate level;
  • be a member of a Canadian physiotherapy professional order or college;
  • have a level of proficiency in written and spoken French and written English;
  • submit an application for admission along with a cover letter;
  • participate in an interview if requested by the admissions committee.


M.Sc. (physiotherapy) – Profile B for practising physiotherapists

To be eligible to register in the M.Sc. (physiotherapy) – Profile B, the applicant must:

  • have successfully completed the DESS (physiotherapy) program offered by the Université de Montréal with a grade point average of at least 3,0 out of 4,3;
  • have obtained a grade point average of at least 3,0 out of 4,3 or the equivalent at the end of his or her undergraduate studies;

Objectives and competencies

The master’s degree (profile B) for practising physiotherapists aims at:

  • offering a professional training centred on clinical assessment using outcome measures as well as on the selection and use of therapeutic methods based on evidence-based practice and this, in relation to client populations with complex problems;
  • improving expertise, particularly in relation to the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, but also to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems;
  • developing a practice based on efficiency and effectiveness;
  • developing the capacity to assimilate research results and contribute to their transfer to practice;
  • training therapists that will be qualified to assume roles such as consultant, teacher or manager.