University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

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Occupational Therapy

University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Field of Study:Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Areas of Research:Cognitive/Perceptual, Motor, and Psychosocial Functioning Across the Lifespan; Community-Based Rehabilitation; Conditioning, Exercise, and Persons with Disabilities; Neural Basis of Motor Control in Health and Disease; Program Evaluation and Outcome Measures in Rehabilitation; Technology and Human Interface; Work Evaluation.
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,072
Careers:Occupational Therapists


The Department of Occupational Therapy offers two programs leading to the degree of MSc: (1) a master's with thesis as an independent degree for those proceeding from a BScOT, and (2) a course-based master's. The thesis-based MSc program is designed for therapists with an entry level degree in Occupational Therapy to further their studies and develop a specialized body of knowledge. The course-based MSc program is designed to provide students who hold undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplines with the clinical and evaluative skills necessary for the practice of occupational therapy. The course-based MSc program is designed to address practice and theoretical issues within a broad range of settings. Upon completion of their degree, students will be able to evaluate programs, participate in research, and critically appraise current assessment and intervention options. An Interprovincial Training Agreement between the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan exists for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Contact the Department for further information.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*78
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree or its academic equivalent in any discipline from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4-point scale (75%, or grade of B) on the most recent 60 credits (20 courses) of study. Admission to our program is extremely competitive. Applicants should present at least a 3.3 GPA (78%, B+) average in their last 2 years of coursework to be considered for admission.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]
    Application Notes : Applicants may also take a PTE with a minimum score of 59 in order to prove their English proficiency.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    One set of official transcripts in pdf format from each university, college, or technical institute ever attended is required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 07, 2022