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The 2021 admissions cycle is now open. Please click on the Dates and Deadlines tab for information about upcoming events and for when applications are due.

Please visit click here to be redirected to the ORPAS website for more information and to start your application.

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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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Important Dates and Deadlines

The following dates are for the 2020-2021 Admission Cycle, for September 2021 entry.

October 15, 2020 ORPAS online application opens
November 10, 2020 FHS Grad Programs Open House from 2:00pm-4:00pm EST. Click here and scroll to find the Occupational Therapy tile. Click on the tile to join the Zoom session.
TBA Occupational Therapy Admissions Webinar
January 8, 2021 Last day to submit application to ORPAS
January 30, 2021 ORPAS must receive initial transcripts for all course work to date
TBA 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.
March 23 to March 28, 2021 MMIs will be conducted online only. Please note that these dates cannot be rescheduled.
May 14, 2021 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, 2021 First-round offers expire
June 7, 2021 Provisional acceptances become firm acceptances
June 30, 2021 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)
Deadline to submit Health Screen Record (
Program fees, Police Check Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) ( and CPR documents are due
TBA Orientation Week - mandatory for first year students to attend
Does the OT program have any prerequisites?
Do you require references or a personal statement?
Can I meet with faculty or staff to discuss my transcripts, application or admission criteria?
Can I apply as a mature student?
Can I get advanced standing based on courses completed from another professional program?
Do you offer a part-time or online option?
What was the average GPA for incoming students?
Can you assist me with my sub-GPA calculation?
If a retake a course which grade will be used in my sub-GPA calculation?
I am in my fourth year and want to apply, however I won't be finished by June 30, does that matter?
I have a bachelors degree in occupational therapy from another country, am I eligible to apply?