Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Admissions

Thank you for your interest in our Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Programs.

To ensure a fair and equitable admissions process, the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program/Physiotherapy Programs utilize 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 orpas@ouac.on.ca.

*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.’


This information is for individuals who are interested in applying to the McMaster University Occupational Therapy and/or Physiotherapy programs. Individuals interested in the Rehabilitation Science programs, please click here.

Number of seats in the MSc(OT) and MSc(PT) Programs are limited, thus possession of published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

All applicants (domestic and international) must apply through the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs (ORPAS) Application. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

It is recommended that applicants review the ORPAS Application Guide available at https://www.ouac.on.ca/orpas/.

ORPAS Deadline

Closed for the 2017 application season

OT/PT Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Recommendations for offers of admission are determined by academic achievement (sub-GPA), and performance on a Multiple Mini Interview process.

Please see Selection Processes for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must achieve a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.30/4.0 (B+ or 77%) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study. The degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured. There are no course pre-requisites for the Occupational Therapy Program; however, there are two (2) course pre-requisites for the Physiotherapy Program.

Applicants graduating from a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits), will require a minimum average of B+ or 77% or 3.30/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of his/her university course work. Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree.

Applicants who have graduated from a 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits) must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply. For example:

  • An additional 30 units/credits (in addition to a 3 year degree) are required to total 120 units/credits;
  • Contained within the 120 units/credits, 18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above; and
  • A minimum average of B+ or 77% or 3.30/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of university course work.

In addition to the above requirements, the MSc (PT) admission requirements also include:

  • A half credit in one human anatomy course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one human physiology course OR a full credit in one human anatomy and physiology course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one statistics course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one humanities course with a grade of B+ of 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher

Notes for all applicants:

  • It is difficult to accurately predict how competitive the applicant pools are from year to year.
  • Applicants may apply in the fourth year of their degree program but must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements prior to June 30, of the year they apply in.
  • Academic achievement on graduate courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All graduate work must have a grade of B- or higher.
  • Practicum courses and non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) will not be included in this calculation.
  • Ontario Bachelor of Education degrees will not be included or converted in the GPA calculations.

MSc(PT) Pre-requisites: Additional Information

The MSc (PT) admission requirements also include:

  • A half credit in one human anatomy course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one human physiology course OR a full credit in one human anatomy and physiology course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one statistics course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher
  • A half credit in one humanities course with a grade of B+ or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9/12 or higher

Assessment of Foreign Transcripts & TOEFL Requirements

Applicants that have foreign transcripts, excluding the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand are required to submit the following:

  1. Original Documents
  2. Notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date, including the diploma or degree awarded.
  3. If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted
  4. If your first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) (reading-22, speaking-24, listening-24, writing-22) is required. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand. The TOEFL score must be sent directly from the TOEFL Centre to McMaster University (McMaster code: 0936, Department codes: OT- 44 and PT- 48.) Scores that are more than two years old are not valid.

Original transcripts must be mailed to ORPAS directly from the registrar's office to be considered official transcripts.  It is recommended that your review the ORPAS Application Guide at https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-transcript/ for information.

Application Fee Information

The ORPAS application service fee is $190, plus an institutional fee of $90 for each university selection, with the exception of McMaster University.

Please be aware that the School of Rehabilitation Science (McMaster University) requires an additional $90 for applicants applying to both the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Programs.


  1. Applicants who apply to only one program (either Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, there is no additional payment required in addition to the fees paid through the ORPAS application module (e.g. ORPAS service fee is $190, plus an institutional fee of $90 for each university selection).
  2. Applicants who apply to both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Programs at McMaster University:

a) Please send an additional $90 money order/ certified cheque (personal cheques are not accepted).
b) The money order/certified cheque must be made payable to “McMaster University”.
c) Indicate your full name and ORPAS identification number in the memo field. Note: Your ORPAS number begins with “2016”.
d) Mail the money order/certified cheque to:

OT Admissions Office or PT Admissions Office
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 402
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton ON
L8S 1C7

All money orders/certified cheques must be received by the appropriate deadline; please visit Important Dates & Timelines for more information. Applications will be considered incomplete if additional payment is not received by this date.

All fees are non refundable. The amount paid must correctly reflect the number of university selections made.

Important Dates and Selection Information

The following dates are for the 2017 Admissions Cycle, for September 2017 entry (Dates subject to change).

Date Information Required
TBA Application becomes available through ORPAS.
January 5, 2018 Deadline for applications to all programs to ORPAS.
TBA 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). Submit to OT/PT Program Coordinators, McMaster University, 1400 Main Street West, IAHS 403, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1C7

TBA Deadline to submit transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended (and/or has attended and withdrawn, including exchange opportunities) must be submitted and received by ORPAS.  Official transcripts must include all course work completed to date and in progress.
TBA Top ranked applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process.
Interviews will be conducted in person at McMaster University (Note: these cannot be rescheduled; please hold these dates in your calendar). Applicants are responsible for his/her travel costs.
Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants using the email address applicants submitted in their ORPAS online application.
First-round offers for OT and PT programs expire.
TBA Deadline to submit payment of $500 non-refundable deposit.
June 30, 2018
Deadline to submit final transcripts to ORPAS, with confirmation that your degree has been conferred (if applicable).
 July 31, 2018  Vulnerable Sector Screen (VSS) and Health Screen Record are DUE to the Faculty of Health Science (FHS) Professionalism Office.

Selection Process

Eligible applicants are ranked solely on the basis of his/her sub-GPA. The top-ranked applicants to each program (approximately 300) are invited for to the Multiple Mini Interview.

Applicants invited to be interviewed are notified approximately three weeks in advance of their interview. All applicants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the interview.

Applicants who are interviewed are ranked on a combination of their pre admission sub-GPA (25% of final ranking) and their interview scores (75% of final ranking) to determine the final ranking for offers of admission.
Approximately 65 students are admitted to each of the OT and PT programs. The final approval of applicants for admission will be granted by the Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants will be notified of the admissions decisions via the email address that was provided to ORPAS in the online application. Applicants will receive either an offer of admission, notification of their position on the waiting list (including waitlist number) or a letter of refusal.

Applicants being offered admission must complete the online offer of acceptance to McMaster University and pay a non-refundable deposit fee (acceptance fee) of $500.00 CAD early to mid-June to confirm their acceptance. This may be paid online by credit card and the fee will be deducted from the tuition following registration and entry into the program.

Applicants with Aboriginal Ancestry

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University has a policy in place to facilitate the admission of students with Aboriginal 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 a Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number or 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. This documentation must be sent to School of Rehabilitation Science OT Admissions Committee c/o Tania Baricevic or PT Admissions Committee c/o Liz Dzaman.

Applicants who have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and who meet the above criteria will be automatically invited to come for an interview. For applicants applying for Physiotherapy, they must also meet the pre-requisite courses identified earlier.

Applicants are then ranked with all other applicants using the weighted average of the MMI score and GPA.

For further information, please contact:
OT Program Coordinator
Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27829
Fax: (905)524-0069
Email: AskOT@mcmaster.ca

PT Program Coordinator
Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27859
Fax: (905)524-0069
Email: AskPT@mcmaster.ca

Please click here to visit the Aboriginal Students Health Sciences Office.

Admissions Policies & Procedures

Last revised April 8, 2015

The admission policies are reviewed regularly. Please note that admissions requirements are subject to change.


As per the McMaster University Graduate Calendar, admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Final decisions on matters of admission rest with the Graduate Admissions and Studies Committee for each Faculty. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.

Feedback on Multiple Mini Interview

The School of Rehabilitation Science does not provide feedback to applicants concerning their performance on the multiple mini interview.

Unsuccessful Applications

Applications from one year are not held over to another year.

Fraudulent Applications

Applicants should understand that where it is discovered that any application information is false or misleading, or has been concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid, and the matter will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Integrity. If the student has already been admitted and registered, withdrawal from the university may be required, pending a university investigation.

Advanced Standing & Transfer

Due to the integrated nature of the MSc(OT) and MSc(PT) programs, there is no provision for advance standing or transfer into the programs.

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Police Check Policy

Please be aware of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Police Check Policy. For Policy and Procedures and to complete the process, visit: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/pcbe/police_records_check.html

In addition to meeting the general University academic regulations, applicants must follow the specific program requirements:

Registration in the MSc (OT) and MSc (PT) implies acceptance on the part of the student of the objectives of that program and the method by which progress towards those objectives is measured.

The University reserves the right to cancel the privileges of any student at any time that the student's scholastic record or conduct warrants doing so.

When the performance of a student in a clinical setting is considered unprofessional or may jeopardize or endanger the welfare or safety of a patient or a patient's family, the University/Program/Placement Site reserves the right to terminate the placement, which may result in a student's immediate withdrawal from the program.

All courses are required. No exemptions, substitutions, or transfers will be granted. A student may not take a course load consisting of a partial Term/Unit. All courses within each Term/Unit must be taken concurrently.

Failure by the applicant to comply with the instructions or to meet the deadlines will result in the disqualification of the application.

The University reserves the right to change the admissions/program requirements at any time without notice.

Webinar Information Sessions

In-person and online information sessions are held annually. Please check here for updated information.

2016 OT Admissions Webinar
Click HERE to view the OT Admissions Webinar held on November 8, 2016.

View the Nov 8 2016 - OT admissions webinar slides.

2015 PT Admissions Webinar Session
Please click here to view the PT Admission Webinar session held on November 23, 2015 (Ensure the volume is turned up on your computer before viewing the video).

Important Program Information

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 may be located in rural, under-serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, there may be some external funding available.

During clinical practica, students may be required to attend evening and weekend hours. Whenever possible, students will know in advance if evening and/or weekend hours are required. It is students' responsibility to meet the requirements for clinical practica hours in order to meet the degree requirements of their respective programs.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


(905) 524-0069




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