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Master of Science (Occupational Therapy)

Program Requirements

MSc Postprofessional stream

This stream may be taken as a course-based or a thesis-based program.

Course-based program

Students are required to complete 24 units in coursework including a 6-unit capping exercise.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to complete 21 units in coursework and a thesis.



  • Registration in 900-level THES

MSc course-based entry-level stream

Students are required to complete a total of 90 units in coursework, including 3 units of approved interprofessional coursework, field placements, and a 6-unit final project.

Orientation Program: The program requires that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend a department orientation program immediately before the beginning of the first term. Dates are confirmed on admission. Attendance at the orientation program is a prerequisite for first year courses. Normally students must complete all previous term/year courses to be eligible to proceed to the subsequent term/year.

It is imperative that registered students attend all listed hours of instruction. Students with absences will receive a grade of NC (failure, no grade point value assigned).

Course requirements (90 units)

Interprofessional coursework (3 units)

Student-selected Modules (3 units)

All students must complete and pass either a minimum of three distinct OCCTH 543  modules or one 3-unit Individual Study (OCCTH 599  or equivalent). The modules are designed to be intensive and interactive.


  1. Students must complete OCCTH 525 , OCCTH 526 , OCCTH 527  and OCCTH 528  as part of their fieldwork requirements; however, OCCTH 529  may be used in place of any one of 525, 526, 527 or 528 by department approval only

Ethics Requirement

Students must fulfill the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement .

Professional Development Requirement

Students in the MSc in Occupational Therapy automatically fulfill the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Professional Development Requirement  through their program.


All costs associated with obtaining a professional degree are the responsibility of the student and this includes costs associated with the project.

Fieldwork Courses:

Fieldwork courses are practical placements at approved facilities.

Policies and Procedures:

The procedures governing fieldwork placements are binding and will be provided in a procedures manual.

Fieldwork Placement Sites:

Students will attend required fieldwork placements at approved institutions and will follow the administrative procedures and regulations of the institutions. Placements may be located regionally and/or nationally. Opportunities for international placements will be determined on an individual basis. Students must travel in order to meet the fieldwork education component of the program. Students are responsible for the costs associated with fieldwork placements.

Fieldwork Placement Requirements

To be eligible for admission to fieldwork placements the students must meet the following requirements:

  1. CPR Certification
  2. Security Clearance Check
  3. Medical Examination and Immunization Requirements (See University Infectious Diseases Regulation )
  4. Fit testing for Respirator Mask, as required.

Details on these fieldwork requirements are available in the fieldwork procedures manual. Please refer to the manual for details. Note that all fees and costs for these fieldwork requirements are the student’s responsibility.

A student who fails a fieldwork placement may appeal that decision. Information regarding appeal procedures is available in the fieldwork placement procedures manual.

Practicum Intervention Policy:

The Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, or supervisor acting on behalf of the Dean, may immediately deny assignment of a student to, withdraw a student from, or vary terms, conditions, or site of fieldwork practicum if the Dean or supervisor has reasonable grounds to believe that this is necessary in order to protect the public interest. Refer to the Practicum Intervention Policy , for additional information.

Length of Program

Normally a minimum of 26 months is required to complete the MSc programs.

The maximum time to complete the course-based MScOT program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MScOT program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.