In addition to the academic application materials and the required transcript(s), applicants are required to submit a written personal Statement of Intent that responds to specific questions. These additional application materials provide a more comprehensive impression of the applicant and what they would bring to this program and to the profession. It is expected that applicants have researched the profession of occupational therapy in order to make an informed career choice. Exposure to the profession of occupational therapy through paid or volunteer work, observational visits or job shadowing in various health care settings is strongly recommended.
Calculation of an applicant's GPA will be completed based on their 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. Such calculations will also include grades of courses taken in the summer, part time, intersession, correspondence, or university courses that were failed or taken beyond the four year undergraduate degree. If an applicant is currently enrolled in the fourth year of an undergraduate (baccalaureate) program, this calculation will start with final fall grades (completed December 31) 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., an applicant's second year) will be used.
Western does not include the following in the calculation of applicants’ GPA:
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).
In addition to the academic criteria required for applicants to be accepted to the program, once admitted to the program, students must also meet/maintain various medical/non-medical requirements in order to participate in fieldwork placements.
Fees and tuition for the MScOT program are established by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
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.