Occupational Therapy

Application Documentation Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirement:  English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta and all applicants must be very proficient in written, spoken, and reading English.  Our OT courses are very comprehensive and therefore applicants need to have a very good command of the English language.  

Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English or from a country where English is not the primary language may need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exams.  Note that these scores are the minimum requirement to apply - successful applicants present much higher, competitive scores.


Please refer to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, English Language Proficiency (ELP) webpage to determine if you are exempt from the English language requirements. 


As per the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Manual tests of English Language must have been completed in the last two years.  Tests that are older than two years will not be accepted.

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 25 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based)

  • MELAB: minimum score of 85

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band score of 6.5, with at least 5 on each band

  • CAEL: overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest

  • PTE (Academic): overall minimum score of 59