Academic Requirements from outside Canada and the USA
Prerequisites: International applicants must ensure that their prerequisite courses (statistics and human anatomy) are acceptable to fulfill the requirements well before the application deadline of January 31st. To do this, applicants are required to email official course outlines/syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org before the January 31st application deadline for review. NOTE: Official course outlines that list the institutions name, course name, and marking scheme are required. If this requirement is not met courses can not be reviewed.
Degree equivalences: Since degrees vary greatly from institutions and countries, the U of A will examine course content to establish equivalences to a U of A baccalaureate degree. Although you may present the minimum academic and prerequisite course requirements to be considered for admission, all applicants must well exceed the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Also note that a competitive application does not guarantee admission into the program.
For more information please see the minimum academic requirements from other countries.
Documents Requirements from outside Canada and the USA
- Official transcripts, or marksheets in both the original language and an official, English translation from each institution attended
- Official copy of degree certificate and English translation is required if the degree awarded does not appear on the official transcript
- Original English language test scoresheet (TOEFL, TSE, IELTS) is required
- Course outline/syllabus of both the statistics and human anatomy courses that will be used to fulfill the prerequisite course requirements must be submitted prior to the January 31st deadline to ensure that requirements are fulfilled
- WES evaluations are NOT accepted
English Language Proficiency Requirement
English is the primary language of instruction at the U of A and all applicants must be very proficient in written and spoken English. Our OT courses are very comprehensive and therefore applicants need to have a very good command of the English language. Students MUST be fluent English-language speakers to be able to successfully complete fieldwork placements.
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: these scores are the minimum requirement to apply, successful applicants present much higher, competitive scores.
As per the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Manual, a test of English Language must have been completed in the last two years. Test that are older than two years will not be accepted.
- TOEFL: a minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 21 on each of the individual skill areas
- MELAB: minimum score of 85, with a minimum band score of 80, and a minimum score of 3 on the speaking component
- IELTS: (Academic) minimum overall band score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each band
- CAEL: overall minimum score of 70, with at least 60 on each subtest
- PTE: (Academic) overall minimum score of 61, and a minimum band score of 60
If you completed your degree in a country or University listed on the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exemptions list you will NOT have to provide a English Language test.