FAQs: 24 Month MScOT

For questions not covered in this section, please contact us at ot.studentservices@utoronto.ca

Application materials, instructions, and full details about admission requirements for the MScOT program can be obtained online from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC-ORPAS) http://www.ouac.on.ca/orpas/


Where is the MScOT program located?
Can I indicate my preference for being assigned to a particular campus, Mississauga or Toronto?
If I indicate a particular campus preference in the survey, will it improve my chances of getting into U of T’s MScOT program?
What if I do not respond to the campus preference survey?
How many students will be assigned to each campus?
If I receive an offer of admission to U of T’s MScOT program, how do I respond?
Can students transfer between campuses?



What will the teaching be like on each campus?
Will there be MScOT faculty and staff on-site at the Mississauga campus?
Will I have access to the same clinical fieldwork placement opportunities regardless of the campus assignment?
Will I have access to fieldwork placements that are accessible by public transit if I am assigned to the Mississauga campus?
Will there be any restriction on academic resources I can access if I am placed at the Mississauga campus, such as access to library services?
I expect to have academic accommodations (e.g. learning disability) in place. Can I be accommodated on both campuses?
How can I travel between campuses for interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities and extra-curricular activities?
I understand the MScOT program has some group work as part of certain courses. Will group members be required to travel between campuses?




Can you summarize the structure of the MScOT program?
Is the MSc OT offered on a part-time basis or through distance (online) education?
Is Occupational Health the same as Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy?
Why should I study OT at U of T?




Is the application’s Grade Point Average (GPA) consideration based on the most recent five full course equivalents or 10 full course equivalents?
I am currently in my fourth year, and by December 31 I will have completed 15 half courses throughout my third and fourth years. How will you decide which courses to use from my second year?
How is GPA calculated?
Will distance education courses or summer courses be counted in my GPA?
Are distance education courses looked at less favourably than in-class courses?
Will my summer courses be counted separately or as part of my fall/winter average?
Is the GPA average from my transcript the same as the ORPAS GPA?
Can I check the GPA ORPAS has calculated on my behalf?
What is the GPA “cut-off” for applications to the OT program to be considered?
What kind of courses do you consider in the assessment of an applicant’s GPA?
I repeated a course at university. Will you ignore the old lower mark and instead take the higher mark?
I would like to improve my GPA in order to put forward a more academically competitive application. Can I take additional courses?
What are some examples of courses you do NOT consider in assessing an applicant’s GPA?
Why will you not include Graduate Degree courses (MSc, MA, MBA, B.Ed, M.Ed) in the calculation of my GPA? I did much better academically than in my undergraduate program!
I hold a bachelor’s degree that combines community college courses and university study. How will you assess my GPA if you will not include community college courses in the calculation?
I have read the “Prospective Students Applying to the Program” webpage and this FAQ but I still do not understand how my Grade Point Average (GPA) will be assessed?




Do I need to have a full-time course load to be considered?
Are international students eligible for the MScOT program?
I would like to know the appropriate course prerequisites required for entry to the OT program?
Do you have any suggestions for courses I should take this year that may enhance my learning experience and prepare me for the OT Program at University of Toronto?
What kind of undergraduate degrees do incoming MScOT students have?
I have an Occupational Therapy Assistant Diploma (OTA), but I do not have a university degree. Am I eligible to apply for the MScOT program?
I have been educated in a foreign university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Do I still need to take TOEFL exam again for my application to your program?
I earned my Occupational Therapy degree outside of Canada, but it is a bachelor’s degree and I want to earn a Master’s degree. Is your MScOT program the right program for me?
I am living in Canada, but I completed an undergraduate degree outside of Canada. What documentation should I submit from my academic institution to complete my application?



How is the admission selection determined?
My grades are very low. How can I improve my application profile? Will additional volunteer work or stronger references make up for a weak academic score?
I have been out of university for more than 5 years. Is the selection criteria different for me? I have plenty of work experience – would that not make me a superior applicant?
I am established in another career but I want to change careers and pursue Occupational Therapy. Are my undergraduate university degree grades from many years ago still relevant to your selection process? I am dedicated to becoming an OT and have had a very rewarding career with many accomplishments, but feel like I am being held back by low grades from many years ago.
What are you looking for in the Personal Statement portion of the ORPAS online application?
How should I format my resume? What are you looking for on the resume?
What form do my references have to fill out? I’ve been out of school for a long time, do I still need an academic reference? What do you mean by a personal or professional reference?
How much volunteer experience do I need?
Does the personal statement submission need to have citations and literature references for factual information?
Do I need to submit transcripts from exchange year universities during my study abroad (foreign exchange) term? Is an assessment by a local credential evaluation service like World Education Services necessary?