MScOT Advanced Standing Program

The MScOT Advanced Standing Program will not be offered for the academic year 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021. We are not accepting any applications at this time.

You MUST have a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in order to apply to the MScOT Advanced Standing Option (ASO) program.

The MScOT Advanced Standing Option allows individuals who have a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and are practicing in Canada, to acquire a University of Toronto Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) degree. This 12-month online program includes a one-week on-campus residency in September.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy ASO focuses on the theoretical foundations of occupational science, research methodology and skill development, and an independent research study.

Graduates of this program will be poised for leadership in using and contributing to the growing body of research evidence for clinical and community-based practice and policy with an occupational lens.

If you do not have a BScOT and would like to apply for the MScOT program, please see the admission information for our two-year program.

Program Outline

The MScOT ASO program begins with a one-week on-campus residency in September, during which time students attend orientation, in class education session and meet with their research supervisor. Students should expect to be in class Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm during this week.

During the program, students should expect to spend an average of twelve hours a week engaging in academic activities; including online course lectures, readings, online group webinars, completion of assignments, and working on the Graduate Research project.

The program is comprised of the following courses:

OCT 1111Y
Occupational Science: Foundations for Occupational Therapy
This course provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the fundamental ideas of Occupational Science and the occupational paradigm. Major conceptual frameworks, which focus on occupational science and occupation, are discussed. In order to understand the context of occupation, important environmental influences on occupation across the lifespan are explored. Challenges to and supports for occupation encountered by people with disabilities are also discussed.

OCT 1121H
Research Issues and Approaches in Occupational Therapy
This course addresses the contributions research makes to the discipline of occupational science and the profession of occupational therapy. Students will examine how research issues can be framed from an occupational perspective and will apply such a perspective in developing their research project. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of research needs within occupational science and occupational therapy, of the relationships between theory, research and practice, and of the philosophical assumptions underlying major methodological approaches used in research relevant to the study of occupation and occupational therapy.

OCT 1122H
Methods in Practice-Based Research
This course provides students with the skills required to understand, critically evaluate, and apply research methods relevant to evidence-based occupational therapy and the scientific study of occupation. Students are introduced to a range of descriptive, exploratory and experimental methods and their corresponding methodologies. The various stages of the research process are examined. These include: identifying research gaps and needs; formulation of research questions; identifying the operational definitions of variables; and selecting appropriate research design, sample and methods. Ethics procedures and issues relevant to different research methods will be discussed. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to challenge and critique the theoretical framework shaping their research study and the implications of the findings in terms of the strength of the evidence and its implications for clinical practice.

OCT 1220Y
Graduate Research Project
In this course students develop skills for the role of a scientist-practitioner through a “hands-on” research experience. Working under their supervisor’s guidance, students participate in a research project related to the practice of occupational therapy or the study of occupational science. In addition to gaining knowledge in research design and in a specific topic area, students have the opportunity to develop practical skills including data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and write-up. This course runs the entire program. At the end of the course, students are expected to give a research presentation and they submit a research report (in the form of a manuscript submission).

Eligibility to Apply
The eligibility requirement is as follows:

  • Undergraduate occupational therapy degree (BScOT), from an accredited Canadian University, with a minimum mid-B standing in the final year. A BScOT degree from a non-Canadian university will be considered only if the applicant is currently registered to practice occupational therapy in Canada;
  • Registered as an occupational therapist in Canada with a provincial regulating body; if you have previously been registered with a Canadian regulatory body, but require re-certification hours, please contact us directly to discuss your individual circumstances
  • English facility requirements must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The School of Graduate Studies mandates the following minimum score requirements, any of which meet our program standard, with the exception of the TOEFL, where applicants to the MScOT must present a minimum score of 100 at least 30 days prior to the program start-date.
  • Have access to, and proficiency with, a computer, with online access in order to receive and participate in academic courses.
Application Process

NOTE: Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Documents Required

  • Licensed with an Occupational Therapy Regulatory Body
    Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they are licensed with an Occupational Therapy Regulatory Body. This proof can be uploaded directly into the online application under the “Supporting Documents” section.
  • Transcripts and Degree Assessment (Academic)
    As per School of Graduate Studies’ regulations, applicants must have obtained a final average of at least mid-B from a recognized university. Applicants seeking admission to the MScOT Advanced Standing Option must meet the necessary requirements and submit the transcripts and documentation required by the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Official transcripts will be eventually be required by the program (mailed in). However, for the online application you may submit an unofficial transcript, such as a web printout or scanned photocopy of your transcripts.
  • Letter of Intent
    All applicants are required to submit an individual “Letter of Intent” using this form (download). The completed letter is to be uploaded directly into the online application under the “Supporting Documents” section. In your Letter of Intent, answer the questions in the space provided. Hand-written answers will not be accepted.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    All applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae meeting the following specifications: typed in Times New Roman 12-point font on 8.5” x 11” paper, single sided with 1 inch margins on all four edges, and must be no longer than two pages. Please outline all relevant work, volunteer, and research experience. This is to be uploaded directly into the online application, under the “Supporting Documents” section.
  • References
    Applicants must submit two letters of reference. If possible, one reference should be from an academic source. Otherwise, two professional references are considered acceptable. The referees should be individuals who can address your likelihood to succeed in the MScOT Advanced Standing Admissions Option. References from family or friends are not acceptable — this includes family-based employers.

Submitting Your Application

Applications to the program are to be submitted on-line on the School of Graduate Studies website.

All supporting documentation is to be uploaded with the online application form.

Remember, however, that the Official Transcripts must be mailed in to:

Alim Lalani
Program Manager
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
160 – 500 University Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5G 1V7

Interested in Applying?

If you have questions about your eligibility, your application or the program, please contact Andrea Duncan, ASO Graduate Coordinator at 416-568-2492 or

The estimated cost of tuition and incidental fees is not to exceed $4,000 per term. Fees for each year will be set in the summer.

The Advanced Standing Option is the equivalent of three terms of an academic year. Students who do not complete their Graduate Research project in the 12 month (three-term) cycle may be required to pay additional tuition fees.