Musculoskeletal Sciences

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Medicine

Participating Degree Programs

Biomedical Engineering—MASc, PhD
Dentistry—MSc, PhD
Exercise Sciences—MSc, PhD
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation—MSc, PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiol​ogy—MSc, PhD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science—MSc, PhD

Overview

There is an increasing burden of illness related to musculoskeletal disorders. The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS) focuses on educating and training graduate students to carry out musculoskeletal research and helping them see how their work fits into the larger community of musculoskeletal research that ranges from bench to bedside to society.

The program nurtures leaders in the field of musculoskeletal sciences who possess the knowledge and capability to promote transformational change.

The University of Toronto has a cohort of stellar faculty with expertise in all related medical resea​rch disciplines, constituting one of the largest musculoskeletal research communities in the world. Research areas include immunology, cell biology, molecular medicine and genomics, muscle physiology, imaging, pathology, bioengineering, and related clinical areas such as orthopaedics, rheumatology, dentistry, kinesiology, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and pain management.

Advances in these areas are converging to allow major advances in translating research to musculoskeletal care and health. This collaborative program builds on this community to provide a unique education and training program.

This program interests graduate students wishing to enhance their interdisciplinary knowledge and advance their careers. Participation in this program enhances professional contacts throughout the international musculoskeletal research community. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: http://tmc.utoronto.ca/
Email: msk.admin@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 586-4800 ext. 7563
Fax: (416) 978-5993

Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences
Mailing address:
60 Murray Street, Box 42
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3L9
Canada

Office address:
University of Toronto
Suite 6-1016, 25 Orde Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3H7
Canada

Programs

Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the CPMS must apply to and be admitted to both a graduate degree program in one of the participating units and to the collaborative program. In addition to the application requirements of the home degree program, the CPMS requires:

    • ​​​a curriculum vitae (CV)

    • a one-page letter explaining how the applicant's program of study and specific research interests relate to musculoskeletal science
    • a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (if possible the thesis supervisor in a thesis-based graduate program), commenting on the applicant's academic abilities and likelihood for research success.

Program Requirements

  • Meet all requirements of the home degree program and collaborative program.

  • Complete the required core course: MSC 3001H Foundations In Musculoskeletal Science.

  • Attend and participate in 12 seminars of the SRM 3335H Master's Seminar Series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Complete a thesis or major project or placement in the area of musculoskeletal sciences under the supervision of collaborative program core faculty member.


Doctoral Level

Students enrolled in the CPMS at the master's level who transfer to the doctoral level will have the course MSC 3001H Foundations in Musculoskeletal Science counted toward the completion of the doctoral collaborative program requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the CPMS must apply to and be admitted to both a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating units and to the collaborative program. In addition to the application requirements of the home degree program, the CPMS requires:

    • a curriculum vitae (CV)
    • a one-page letter explaining how the applicant's program of study and specific research interests relate to musculoskeletal science
    • a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (usually the thesis supervisor in a thesis-based graduate program), commenting on the applicant's academic abilities and likelihood for research success at the doctoral level.

Program Requirements

  • Meet all requirements of the home degree program and collaborative program.

  • Complete the required core course: MSC 3001H Foundations in Musculoskeletal Science. Students who have completed MSC 3001H at the master's level and who transfer to a doctoral degree and the doctoral level of the collaborative program are not required to complete an additional core course.

  • Attend and participate in 18 seminars of the SRD 4445H Doctoral Seminar Series. Students who transfer from a master's degree and master's collaborative program to a doctoral degree and the doctoral collaborative program will be required to attend 18 seminars in total; the total will include the number of seminars attended at both the master's and doctoral levels.

  • Complete a thesis in the area of musculoskeletal sciences under the supervision of a collaborative program core faculty member.

  • In the rare instance that a student who has completed the collaborative program at the master's level wishes to also enrol in the collaborative program at the doctoral level, the student will not be required to repeat the core course, MSC 3001H. However, the student will be required to attend and participate in 18 seminars of the SRD 4445H Doctoral Seminar Series and complete the doctoral thesis in the area under the supervision of a core faculty member.


Course List

MSC 3001H​ Foundat​ions in Musculoskeletal Science
SRM 3335HMaster's Seminar Series
SRD 4445H Doctoral Seminar Series