Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Research-Based Programs in Occupational Science

In partnership with the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, two programs options are available for students wishing to pursue research interests in the area of Occupational Sciences.

Master of Science (MSc) & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Administered through the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, students can pursue either a Master of Science (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science. These programs provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the complexities of human occupation and its contribution to the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and societies.

Occupation is defined broadly as groups of activities and tasks performed in daily life (e.g., work activities, self-care activities, leisure activities). The field encompasses theoretical perspectives on occupation from within and outside the related profession of occupational therapy.

Research in this area includes:

Combined Master of Science in Occupational Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy (MScOT/PhD)

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Administered through the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, the combined MScOT/PhD program allows students the opportunity to obtain a research-based doctoral degree and professional qualifications to practice as a registered Occupational Therapist (OT).

This program typically takes five years to complete, with students receiving their MScOT degree after the fourth year.