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Program Structure


Students who progress through the program on a full-time basis will be able to complete it in 36 months. Students entering with a Master’s degree will complete a total of 5 required (core) courses (15 credits), two electives (6 credits), a comprehensive exam, and an applied dissertation. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree will complete one additional core course.


Students will identify a real-world problem in a rehabilitation or health setting, and design, implement and evaluate a process, program or system to address this problem. The dissertation proposal will be publicly defended. The final dissertation will consist a scholarly document that complies with Queen’s School of Graduate Studies regulations, and includes an appendix that contains a knowledge translation product suitable for distribution to a stakeholder audience.


Learning outcomes will be achieved through several interwoven strategies:

  • An initial 5 day, on-site intensive to orient students to the program in general, launch work on core courses, and meet peers, faculty members, academic advisors, etc.;
  • On-line course work that integrates synchronous and asynchronous components including regular, technology-supported, group-based discussions that are independent of course work to support the development of a community-of-learning and professional network.

Subsequent on-site intensives spaced throughout the 3 year program to support peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty interaction, experiential learning, and completion comprehensives and dissertation.