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The 2022 Admissions Cycle is now closed for new applications.

If you applied to the program, please visit the Dates and Deadlines page for information about upcoming deadlines.

For more information about the application process, and to apply, please click here to be redirected to the ORPAS website.

Note: The admission process and requirements undergo an annual review and are subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science reserves the right to change the admission process and requirements at any time without notice. Every effort will be made to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.

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The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy (MSc(OT)) is a full-time two-year course-based Master degree. The program prepares students to be eligible to practice as occupational therapists, and meets professional accreditation and practice standards.

The minimum expectations will be for the completion of all course work across two extended study years:

  • September to July (Year 1)
  • September to September (Year 2)

Year 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of contemporary Canadian occupational therapy practice, and provides an overview of occupational therapy theories and processes.

Year 2 provides opportunities for developing more complex skills and preparing for entry to practice as a conscious, autonomous professional.  Throughout the program, students will gain experience with many client populations and multiple settings.

Have questions about student life in Occupational Therapy? Contact and ask to be connected with an OT Student Ambassador.

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Selection Process
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Important Dates and Deadlines

The following dates are for the 2021-2022 Admission Cycle, for September 2022 entry.

October 14, 2021 ORPAS online application opens
October 26, 2021- Live Q&A from 2:00pm - 3:00pm FHS Grad Programs Open House
November 19, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm Occupational Therapy Admissions Webinar #1

To view the recording of this webinar please visit this link:
November 30, 2021 11am - 12pm  Occupational Therapy Admissions Webinar #2

To view the recording of this webinar please visit this link:
 December 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022  McMaster University will be closed over this period. No emails to will be answered during this time.
January 7, 2022 Last day to submit application to ORPAS
January 30, 2022 ORPAS must receive initial transcripts for all course work to date
March 7, 2022 Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) invitations sent out. Please note, invitations to those on the wait list can be sent up to two days before the start of MMIs due to cancellations.
Week of March 21, 2022 MMIs will be conducted only online. Please note that these dates cannot be rescheduled.
May 14, 2022 Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants (via the School of Graduate Studies) using the email address applicants provided in the ORPAS online application.
May 29, 2022 First-round offers expire
June 7, 2022 Provisional acceptances become firm acceptances
June 30, 2022 Deadline to submit payment of $500 non-refundable deposit to McMaster University
Deadline to submit transcripts to ORPAS, with confirmation that your degree has been conferred (if applicable)
July 15, 2022 Deadline to submit Health Screen Record (
Program fees, Police Check Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) ( and CPR documents are due
August 29 - September 2, 2022 Orientation Week - mandatory for first year students to attend

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