Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Admission & Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) program, students must meet the minimum requirements listed below. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted beginning October 17, 2013
  • The last day to submit an application is January 10, 2014
  • Offers of admission are sent out beginning in mid-May

Application Criteria

  • A four-year degree from an accredited university
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language, with minimum scores:
    • TOEFL - 105 IBT with a minimum of 23 on the speaking component and no other section below 20
    • IELTS - minimum score of 8

In previous years, students with a 3.5-3.7 GPA would be considered competitive applicants for the program.

Calculation of Admission Average

Applicants will be considered for admission based on their academic record and personal statement. Admission average will be calculated based on an applicant’s final 60 units of university academic study (the equivalent of 10 full courses or 20 half courses) completed by December 31 of the application year and will include summer, part-time, intersession, correspondence and failed university courses taken beyond the four-year undergraduate year.

For applicants currently enrolled in the fourth year of a bachelor’s program, this calculation will start with the applicant’s final fall grades (completed by December 31 of the application year) and will move back in chronological order based on the order of courses listed on the transcript. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 10 full courses, the average of that term (e.g., applicant’s second year) will be used. Western does not include graduate degree course work in the calculation of the admission average. Practicum/activity type courses and nonconvertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) will not be included in the calculation.


There are no prerequisite course requirements for admission into the MScOT program. However, it is suggested that applicants have taken some undergraduate science courses (ie. anatomy, biology, human physiology).

Fees and Tuition

Fees and tuition for the MScOT program are established by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the academic criteria required for students to be accepted to the program, students must also meet/maintain various medical/non-medical requirements in order to participate in fieldwork placements.


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Applications to the MScOT program are coordinated by Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs (ORPAS) and are handled online. The online application includes the submission of official transcripts and a personal submission.