Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Therapy Program.
To ensure a fair and equitable admissions process, the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program utilizes the sub-GPA as calculated by ORPAS (per the ORPAS published January 30, 2017 transcript submission deadline) to determine the top-ranked applicants (approximately 300) invited to the Multiple Mini Interview weekend. As such, any questions or concerns about your sub-GPA should be communicated to ORPAS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Note: As outlined on the ORPAS website, ‘Universities are under no obligation to revisit an applicant’s file after they have completed their review process. Admission decisions are at the discretion of the University.’
The mission of the MSc Occupational Therapy Program is to prepare graduates with requisite knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours to practice as entry-level occupational therapists in a range of institutional and community settings throughout Canada and the international community.
Students will achieve an understanding of the influence of family, society, culture and physical environment as they explore the concepts of occupation and health across the lifespan within the context of client-centered practice. Graduates will be prepared to function as independent practitioners, as members of interdisciplinary teams, as critical consumers of research, as agents of change, as leaders in their profession, and as lifelong self-directed learners.
For more information please visit the OT program website.
Official transcripts of all university and college degree work must be sent directly to ORPAS by the originating institution(s). If you have course work that was completed outside of Canada, such as exchange courses, you must request a legend from the university that explains the grading scale.
If you have international transcripts, excluding the USA, you must submit:
Notes for all applicants:
Professionalism is an important requirement of the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program. Graduates of the program that register with a regulatory college will be expected to demonstrate professional behaviours in practice. In preparation for licensure and in keeping with the standard of excellence required in our program, we expect applicants to the MSc(OT) program to conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout all phases of the application process. Any and all interactions throughout the admissions process, where applicants are engaged with Occupational Therapy program staff, faculty, students, and/or community volunteers may be taken into consideration in making admissions decisions. Admission may be denied to applicants who, amongst other critical determinants, behave in a manner that is considered is below the level of professionalism expected of similarly situated candidates, regardless of their academic standing or interview performance.
The following dates are for the 2016-2017 Admission Cycle, for September 2017 entry.
|October 20, 2016||ORPAS online application opens.|
|November 8, 2016||Admissions Webinar.|
|Friday January 6, 2017||Last day to submit an application to ORPAS.|
|Friday January 13, 2017||Deadline for ORPAS to receive non-refundable application fee ($270).
Deadline to submit the dual application fee $90 (for applicants applying to both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at McMaster University).
a) Please send an additional $90 money order/ certified cheque made payable to “McMaster University” (personal cheques are not accepted).
|Monday, January 30, 2017||Deadline to submit transcripts from all universities the applicant attended.|
|Beginning of March 2017||Multiple Mini Interview Invitations Sent Out. Please note, invitations can be sent up to days before due to cancellations.|
|Friday April 7, 2017 to
Sunday April 9, 2017
|Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) will be conducted in person at McMaster University. Please note that these dates cannot be rescheduled. Applicants are responsible for his/her travel costs.|
|May 19, 2017||Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants (via School of Graduate Studies) using the email address applicants submitted in their ORPAS online application.|
|June 2, 2017||First-round offers expire.|
|June 10, 2017||Provisional acceptances become firm acceptances.|
|June 30, 2017||Deadline to submit payment of $500 non-refundable deposit|
|June 30, 2017||Deadline to submit transcripts to ORPAS, with confirmation that your degree has been conferred (if applicable).|
|July 31, 2017||Program fees, Police Check, Vulnerable Screening and CPR documents are due.|
|August 28, 2017 to
September 2, 2017
|Orientation Week - mandatory for students to attend.|
The OT program has no prerequisites.
No, McMaster does not require reference letters or personal statements.
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University has a policy in place to facilitate the admission of students with indigenous ancestry as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act, which recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.
These applications must be supplemented by documentation (photocopy of an Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number of Inuit Registry; or a letter from an official representative of the applicant’s First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council; Inuit land/territory organization; Métis settlement or community organization; or, a recognized Aboriginal organization. A copy of this document must be sent to:
OT Program Coordinator
1400 Main Street West, Room 402
Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7
Please click here to visit the Aboriginal Students Health Science Office.
No. The OT program begin in the fall of year one and continues over two full years. All students must complete all courses and advance from semester to semester. There is no provision for advance standing or ability to transfer into the program.
It is impossible to accurately predict how competitive the applicant pools are from year to year, however, the cut-off GPA for an interview invitation for the 2015 cycle was 3.64/4; 2016 cycle was 3.66/4 and the 2017 cycle was 3.72/4.
The personal interviews constitute the final phase of the student selection process These interviews provide an opportunity for the interviewers to assess each applicant’s suitability for the program. This process also provides the applicant with the opportunity to explain why they will be successful in this program.
Two-part station-based process:
Students are expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete program requirements. Some placements maybe located in rural, under-serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, there may be some external funding available.
2016 OT Admissions Webinar
Hosted by: Dr. Lori Letts (Assistant Dean), Prof. Lorie Shimmell (Director of Clinical Education), Chelsea Tidd (Year 2 student OT) and Nadia Federici (Class of 2015 OT graduate).
Click HERE to view the admissions webinar hosted on November 8, 2016. (Please note, the audio is a very poor quality. We apologize for the inconvenience.)
Click here to view the OT Webinar PowerPoint slides from the webinar.
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