MScOT Application Information
Application materials, instructions, and full details about admission requirements for the MScOT program can be obtained online from the Ontario Universities Application Centre, Rehabilitation Sciences Professional Program Application Service. We simply refer to this service as “ORPAS”. Please review the ORPAS Instruction Booklet online before applying. The online application for the Entry 2021 cycle will open very soon. We expect the next entry cycle to open in October 2020.
The deadline to submit an ORPAS online application, including references, will be January 8, 2021 (11:59 pm ET). Please check the ORPAS website for complete application details, including document deadlines, for the upcoming application cycle. The application form will open in approximately mid-October.
General Program Information
- We offer a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) degree
- 24-months of full-time study (e.g. September 2021 to August 2023)
- There were 843 applicants for entry in 2020
- Apply using the ORPAS online application system
- Program offered on two campuses: University of Toronto St. George campus (downtown Toronto) and the University of Toronto Mississauga campus (City of Mississauga), with a video-conference link between Toronto and Mississauga campuses
- We expect to admit 90 students to the St. George (Toronto) campus, and 40 students to the Mississauga campus (estimated enrolment; subject to change)
The Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hold joint information sessions online via Blackboard Collaborate, which can be accessed using the Google Chrome web browser. Prospective applicants have an opportunity to learn about the professions from faculty members and ask admission questions directly to staff and students. Registration in advance is required. Space is limited.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
- Presentation begins at 3:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm
Registration is now open and register via this form hosted by our colleagues in Physical Therapy is required.
Rest assured that no information will be presented that is “over and above” what is already on our website.
University Fair Visits
Please re-check the date and time of each fair/expo in case our website differs from the hosting institution’s website; dates/times/availability is subject to change. It appears all events thus far are planned as “virtual”, meaning online using an internet based platform. Check each event host closely to see what the technical requirements are for access.
- University of Toronto Mississauga’s Online Zoom Webinar Graduate and Professional Schools Virtual Showcase, on Tuesday September 22 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM EST
- Joint event: University of Guelph, Wilfred Laurier University, and University of Waterloo Further Education Fair, on Wednesday October 7 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM EST
- University of Toronto Recruitment Fair for Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine, on Thursday November 5 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM EST
Community of Support for aspiring prospective OT students
Increasing diversity in occupational therapy
This program offers support for undergraduates or graduate students interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy and who identify as Black and/or Indigenous and/or 2SLGBTQ+ and/or other historically marginalized social groups.
Mentorship is provided through OTEA, (Occupational Therapists for Equity Advancement). OTEA is a group of occupational therapy practitioners, faculty and students who identify as Black/Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, other historically marginalized groups and/or their allies.
OTEA members can support interested undergraduate or graduate students in their journey to becoming an occupational therapist in a variety of ways. Support includes assistance with:
- reviewing application packages (e.g., curriculum vitae, personal statements);
- linking applicants with other occupational therapists whose practice areas may match the student’s interests and provide exposure to the profession of occupational therapy
- informing and facilitating connections for students with any available occupational science/therapy research opportunities;
- introduce students to relevant faculty and occupational therapy students.
- helping to connect students with volunteer opportunities in health related fields
To sign up to be matched with an OTEA mentor, please visit Mentorcity
Eligibility to Apply
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto offers a 24-month Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, delivered in-class on-campus only, starting September annually. The MScOT Program is offered on a FULL-TIME basis only, in-class at our Toronto (St. George) campus or Mississauga campus. Successful applicants will be expected to carry a full-course load on a full-time basis for the duration of the program. If admitted, requests to defer admission to the following year will be refused, as this is a highly competitive limited entry program.
We seek to admit approximately 90 students to the St. George campus, and 40 students to our Mississauga campus. In 2020, there were 843 applicants. You can apply for this program if you are in the final year of a bachelor’s degree program or if you have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Students must be Canadian citizens or hold permanent residency (i.e. official Permanent Resident of Canada, authenticated by the Government of Canada). Further details are outlined below and on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you are already a practicing Occupational Therapist, this program is not appropriate for you as it is not intended as “top-up” training to your existing OT degree. Current practicing Occupational Therapists may consider the masters and doctoral stream programs in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. If you are seeking to transfer your non-Canadian Occupational Therapy credentials/education to Canadian practice, please contact the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, as the CAOT has an advisory service available for internationally educated Occupational Therapists.
Academic and Non-Academic Requirements
Transcripts (Grade Point Average “GPA”) and Degree Assessment
Applicants to the MScOT Full-Time 24 month Program must have an appropriate bachelor’s degree completed or in progress (final year of study at the time of application). We will consider bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts or sciences, both of which are very broad categories.
The Department is interested in students from a variety of educational backgrounds and life experiences. We are committed to equity and welcome diversity. Applicants need to be intelligent and committed, and must strive for excellence, as the program is intensive. Admission to the program is determined through an evaluation of academic and non‑academic materials, with the academic grades being weighted more heavily.
To determine initial ranking only, the Department will review the most recent 10 full‑course equivalents (i.e. or 20 half-course equivalents) completed at the university undergraduate level, completed as of December 31. This includes summer session and part‑time courses taken beyond the completion of a four‑year undergraduate degree. For applicants currently enrolled in the fourth year of a bachelor’s degree program, this calculation will start with the applicant’s final Fall grades (completed by December 31, and appearing on a transcript by January). Where grades must be extracted from an academic year to achieve the equivalent of 10 full-course equivalents, the average of that entire year (e.g., applicant’s Fall and Winter terms) will be used. ORPAS uses the Undergraduate Grade Conversion Table to process GPA, and additionally provides information on GPA Calculations on their website. Please review the Grade Conversion Table for details on the conversion scale used in this process. Students must have completed at least 10 full-course equivalents (or 20 half-course equivalents) at a recognized university for their application to be considered. The admission average of the entry class in 2020 and 2019 was in the ”A‑minus” range (80% to 84%, or an ORPAS Undergraduate GPA of a minimum 3.70). Those who are applying while completing their final year of undergraduate study must ensure they maintain a minimum mid‑”B” average (GPA 3.0/4.0, or 73%) in their final year of study, or an offer of admission, should they receive an offer, will be revoked. All applicants must provide proof of undergraduate bachelor’s degree completion (i.e., degree conferral) by June 30, 2021 to ORPAS.
If you are still unclear about GPA calculations, please visit the ORPAS website for a detailed explanation. Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section also has more information on GPA calculation. Beginning in February, you will have access to your ORPAS GPA and sub-GPA calculations in the “Document Tracking” section of your application. You are responsible for reporting any required changes to your academic record by approximately February 16, 2021 (source).
Information on transcript submission can be found on the ORPAS Transcript Requirements website.
Any questions or concerns regarding your GPA should be communicated to ORPAS via SAM within your application.
It is an applicant’s responsibility to ensure ORPAS has up-to-date personal and academic information at all times.
*Please note: Aside from the degree requirements outlined above, there are no specific prerequisite courses nor interviews required to apply to the program.
In addition to the academic application materials and the required transcript(s), applicants are required to submit a personal statement of intent, which is a written submission online that responds to specific questions, a résumé uploaded directly to ORPAS, and two references using the “Confidential Assessment Forms” with their application to ORPAS. 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.
Statement of Intent (Personal Submission Online)
All applicants must complete the Statement of Intent, found in the “Personal Submissions” section of the ORPAS online application. Applicants should refer to the online instructions provided by ORPAS to complete the specific questions found in this section. The general theme of these questions will be related to an applicant’s experiences and desire to enter the profession of Occupational Therapy.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
All applicants must submit a resume meeting the following specifications: typed on 8.5” x 11” paper, single sided with reasonably sized margins on all four edges (e.g. one-inch), and must be no longer than two pages. The applicant’s personal contact information (e.g. address, email) must not appear anywhere on the resume. You do NOT need to include your ORPAS username either. All resumes should be uploaded directly to your ORPAS online application in an appropriate file format; the ORPAS application portal will specify acceptable file formats.
References on Confidential Assessment Forms
Applicants must submit two references included in the ORPAS online application. The referees should be individuals who can address the applicant’s likelihood to succeed in an intense educational or professional setting, and refer to the applicant’s intention to enter a health care profession. It is recommended that one letter come from a referee in academia who has evaluated the applicant’s academic performance. The second letter may also be from an academic source, though it is recommended that it come from a professional source who can honestly comment on the applicant’s achievements and unique abilities. Some examples include volunteer supervisors, research supervisors, OT mentors (job shadowing), community leaders, and experienced health care professionals. References from family or friends are unacceptable (this includes family-based employers). The Confidential Assessment Form and accompanying reference letter must be submitted directly to ORPAS by the referee. It is highly recommended that applicants review the ORPAS Instruction Booklet for required guidelines.
We also recommend that you ask your referees to do the following:
- If they are using the online referee system, use their employer-based email address. We strongly prefer seeing verifiable institutional email addresses (e.g. email@example.com) related to their place of employment rather than a free email address (e.g. @gmail, @yahoo, @hotmail)
- Letterhead for mailed letters: If your referee requests a paper hard-copy Confidential Assessment form to fill out, ask that they identify themselves with any additional comments on official institutional letterhead or stationary containing the contact information and logo of the company or institution they are representing
NOTE: While the above characteristics are not required, having a verifiable and credible set of referees is an asset to your application. Please speak to your referees in advance so they are sufficiently prepared for the online or paper-based Confidential Assessment form reference process.
As of September 2018, the MScOT was offered at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus (“UTM”) as an addition to our current University of Toronto St. George (downtown Toronto) campus. Current U of T OT program ORPAS applicants will be automatically considered for both campuses. Lectures may be video-conferenced between the St. George and Mississauga campuses, or, an individual co-instructor will be at each site. All students will have labs, mentorship, and study groups at their campus site.
All applicants will receive a survey where they can indicate your preference for the Mississauga campus, the St. George campus, or “no preference”. The survey will be sent during the third week of February 2021 and will close mid-March 2021 (final dates to be determined this Fall). If you are admitted to the program, campus preferences will be considered but they are not guaranteed.
Offers of admission are posted to the ORPAS online portal in May, where it will simply show whether you have a University of Toronto MScOT program offer; the ORPAS portal will not display your campus assignment. Instead, an email from us on the May 2021 offer date will state your campus assignment, as either UTSG (Toronto St. George campus) or UTM (Mississauga campus), and the package mailed shortly thereafter will have a campus assignment letter.
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions section under the header “Campus Assignment” for further information about this.
Health Requirements and Police Record Checks
While not required nor requested for the admission application, admitted students should note that they will be required to complete the Rehabilitation Sciences Health Form after acceptance and prior to registration. Completion of this form will require evidence of a tuberculin test in each year of the program and up-to-date records of vaccinations for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria/tetanus and polio. In addition, certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the Health Care Provider (HCP) level must also be submitted after the student has been accepted into the program and before registration. Students are also expected to provide information regarding any physical, psychological or learning difficulties, which may affect their education in the program. These requirements must be met in order for students to be able to participate in fieldwork placements. Students will additionally be provided with information on Mask Fit testing, which also a requirement in order to participate in fieldwork placements.
Many facilities also require a police record check. The Department strongly recommends admitted students obtain a Police Check Vulnerable Sector Screening. The Department will provide admitted students with information on how best to obtain these verifications prior to orientation in September. A fieldwork placement can be cancelled or delayed if a student fails to obtain a clear satisfactory police record check or vulnerable sector screening. This may affect the graduation date of the student. Please contact the Department’s Director of Clinical Education or Program Manager if you have concerns prior to applying.
Notices for All Applicants
Application to the program implies that the applicant accepts the admissions policies, procedures and methods by which applicants are selected. Applications are thoroughly reviewed as selection is limited. Registration in the program implies that the student accepts the objectives of the program, the methods by which progress to meet those objectives are evaluated, and the University of Toronto Student Code of Conduct.
Admissions policies and procedures are under constant review. Although the Department endeavours to inform prospective applicants in a timely fashion, it reserves the right to change the admission and registration requirements at any time.
Applicants from a Foreign Educational Institution
We will only register admitted students in the MScOT program who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; however, admitted students without one of these two statuses will be permitted to register if they fall under the international fee exemption list posted on the University’s Student Accounts website. Applicants whose education was completed outside Canada are advised to make every attempt possible to obtain official academic records, including a copy of the diploma if they have already graduated. To be considered official, academic records must be received by ORPAS directly from the originating institutions, including English language translations. Applicants should note that official documents will be required before any firm offer of admission can be made. Official English translations, done by a certified translator (either within Ontario or a translator approved by a Canadian Visa Post abroad), must also be submitted for all non-English documentation. Copies of original documents and certified translations must be submitted at the time of application to ORPAS.
English Language Requirements
Facility in the English language is essential for success in the program. English proficiency must be demonstrated by all applicants whose primary language is not English or who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. (Note: English-French bi-lingual applicants who attended a French-language university in Canada, such as from the province of Quebec, are exempt from the English Language testing requirement, provided they are fluent in English). This requirement is a condition of admission and must be satisfied through proof of achieving at least the minimum acceptable score for one of the English proficiency tests as listed in the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies Calendar. The Department strongly recommends that applicants use Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score requirements are listed in the accompanying chart:
|Internet Based TOEFL|
|Overall Score: 100|
|Paper Based TOEFL|
|Overall Score: 600|
|Test for Written English TWE: 5|
TOEFL candidates should request that results be sent to institution code: 0982-00
If an applicant has graduated from a university in a country where the primary language is not English but the medium of instruction and examination at their university was English, that applicant must arrange for a letter to be sent from that institution confirming that the language of instruction and examination at that institution was English. The letter should be sent directly to ORPAS. Applicants should note that satisfactory English language facility test results are required before any offer of admission can be made. A representative of the Department may contact you via email or telephone for further clarification.
Tuition and Funding
For the most comprehensive information about fees, invoices, payments, budgeting, refunds and service charges, etc., students should visit the Enrolment Services website. Tuition schedules for the MScOT program are listed under the Faculty of Medicine.
Although the deadlines are fairly similar from year-to-year, for specific deadline dates (e.g. for payment of fees or fee deferral, final registration, first assessment of interest charges, etc.) and other related information such as refund schedules, students should refer to the current School of Graduate Studies online information for Current Students.
There are a limited number of small entrance scholarships in the estimated amount of $1,000 that do not require an application (i.e. all successful applicants are automatically considered). Please note, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (“OGS”) is NOT available for incoming MScOT students (i.e. current applicants to the MScOT program). If accepted to, and registered in, the MScOT program in September, students in Year 1 of the OT program can then apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship to be applied toward Year 2 of the program. Applications for an OGS from non-registered MScOT students/applicants will not be considered.
Approximate Annual Academic Fees + Incidental Fees (subject to change)
Charges for an academic program; may be assessed by course or by program.
Approximate Domestic Academic and Incidental Fees in 2020:
$12, 244 (St. George campus) and $12, 665 (Mississauga campus)
For students assigned to the Mississauga campus, fees include the “U-Pass” transit pass. MScOT students do not pay fees per individual course, but rather a program fee which covers an entire year (three terms per academic year). Fees are subject to change in 2020 and beyond. Incidental fees consist of campus and student society fees, charges for campus organizations and services.
Students must be Canadian citizens or have Canadian Permanent Resident status in order to be eligible to register in the MScOT program.
Please visit the FAQ section for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the program and admissions.