Musculoskeletal Sciences


There is an increasing burden of illness related to musculoskeletal disorders. The Collaborative Specialization 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 specialization 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 research 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 specialization 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 home degree and collaborative specialization requirements, students receive the notation “Completed Specialization in Musculoskeletal Sciences” on their transcript.​

Participating Degree Programs

Biomedical Engineering – MASc, PhD
Dentistry – MSc, PhD
Exercise Sciences – MSc, PhD
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation – MSc, PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology – MSc, PhD
Medical Science – MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science – MSc, PhD

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