The application system is now open for Fall 2019 admissions.  The application system will remain open from November 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020.

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Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree
    • Undergraduate Degree: Applicants must have completed at minimum a four-year undergraduate degree, or its academic equivalent in any discipline from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta (ie, BA, BSc, BCom, BEd, BPE, BFA, etc)  Applicants may apply before their degree is complete.  However, the degree requirements must be completed and official grades appear on a transcript by June 30th of the admission year in order to be eligible for admission. 

                          Note: Diploma and/or certificate programs are not accepted and courses are not included in GPA calculations

  • Competitive GPA
    • Competitive GPA: The minimum GPA for any graduate program at the University of Alberta is a 3.0 on the 4 point scale (75% or grade of B) on the most recent 60 credits (20 courses) of study, including Spring/Summer terms, exchange programs, etc.... However, admission to our program is extremely competitive.  Applicants should present at least a 3.4 GPA (80%, B+) average on the most recent 60 credits (20 courses) of coursework to be considered for admission.

    NOTE: Meeting the competitive admission GPA in a particular year does NOT guarantee admission

    • For information regarding GPA calculation, courses included/excluded from the GPA calculation, and cut off GPA scores for the last two admission cycles please see the FAQ page.
  • Prerequisites

    All applicants are required to have completed an approved Statistics and Human Anatomy, minimum 3 credit course within 10 years of the application date. (Prerequisite courses that are older than 10 years at the date of application will NOT be accepted)

    • Statistics
      As a minimum, the course needs to cover quantitative data collection, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions and the central limit theorem, interval estimation and hypothesis testing, and introduce types of analysis such as correlations and regression analysis, goodness of fit, contingency tables, analyses of variance. An "Intro Stat" or other general quantitative stats course that covers the topics above may fulfill this requirement.  A list of approved statistics courses can be found HERE
    • Human Anatomy
      As a minimum, the course needs to cover the gross and microscopic anatomy of the tissues, organs and organ systems of the entire human body, with emphasis on the relationships, interactions and functions of major structures. Most "Intro to Human Anatomy" courses fulfill this requirement. Physiology courses do NOT fulfill the requirement. If the course is 6 credit Human Anatomy/ Physiology at least 3 credits needs to be pure anatomy. A list of approved Human Anatomy course can be found HERE 
    • The department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta offers both an online Anatomy course and an online Statistics course that meet the OT department's prerequisite requirements. Click here for details.


    If the prerequisite course(s) that you have taken do not appear on the lists provided above, they must be approved by the department BEFORE the application deadline of January 31st.  This applies to both International and domestic applicants.

    *To have a course approved send the course name/number, institution name and course outline/syllabus to  Note: Course outlines/syllabus must be submitted, calendar descriptions of courses are NOT accepted.

    **Students may apply to the program without having completed one or both of the prerequisite courses. However, applicants must upload a transcript into their application before the application deadline of January 31st showing that they are enrolled in a approved course(s).  Applicants will then have until June 30th to email a official copy of the transcript(s) to showing that they have successfully completed the course(s).  If applicants do not email official transcripts to the department by the June 30th deadline their application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.

Application Requirements

  • Deadlines-Required documents

    Applications for the MScOT Course based program are accepted once a year.  The online application system opens November 1st until January 31st. The application and document deadline is January 31st 11:59 pm MST.  This date and time is firm with no exceptions.
    It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all supporting documents (including reference letters) are uploaded to the online application system (GSMS) by the January 31st deadline.

    Once an applicant initiates the application for the OT Master of Science Course Based program in the online application portal (GSMS), applicants will have 21 days to submit and pay for the application. If the applicant does not meet this deadline their application will be deleted and they will have to start again. In order to submit and pay for the application, applicants must complete all personal and educational information, and upload transcripts. After an application is submitted and the fee is paid, applicants and referees may continue to upload any outstanding documents until 11:59 pm (MST) on the January 31st application/document deadline.  This includes updated transcripts, CV, Resume, Letter of Intent, Department Checklist, and Reference Forms.  After the deadline, the portal will close and any incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

    Please read carefully though this list of required documents:

    The following documents must be uploaded to the online application system.  Applications missing any of these documents by the January 31st application deadline will not be considered for admission. Any documents sent directly to the department by mail, fax, or email will not be accepted.

    1. Department Checklist 
    2. Curriculum Vitae or resume
    3. Two letters of recommendation 
    4. Situational Judgement Exam(s)
    5. Letter of Intent
    6. One set of original transcripts in pdf format from each university, college, technical institute, etc, ever attended or are currently attending
  • Department Checklist
    Department Checklist: The Department Checklist form is provided in the online application system under the header Documents.  This form provides in-depth information to help applicants complete the online application.  All applicants are highly encouraged to download and read this form as soon as they create an online application. Applicants are required to complete this form and upload it into their online application under any one of the 4 department check items by the January 31st deadline.  Applications that are missing this form will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.
  • CV-Resume

    CV/Resume: Applicants are required to upload a CV, or Resume to their online application by the January 31st application deadline.  Applications that are missing a CV, or Resume will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.

    NOTE: Applicants may format and/or organize their CV, or Resume as they see fit. 

  • Transcripts

    Transcripts: Applicants are required to provide one set of official transcripts in pdf format from each University, college, technical institute, etc, ever attended or are currently attending.  This includes transfer, exchange, graduate level, part-time, distance programs, general interest courses and spring/summer sessions, even though you may or may not have received transfer credit at another institution. Applicants are required to list each institution separately under the education section of their application, then scan and upload all transcripts (front and back pages) to their application by the January 31st deadline.

    Please note:

    • Failure to list and provide complete transcripts from all institutions you attended on the application may be considered an intentional omission and will lead to the cancellation of your application for admission, or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
    • Transcripts can not be older than 1 year from the date of applications.  Therefore, it is important that applicants request transcripts well before the deadline. Once applicants receive their transcripts they may open the envelopes and scan the transcripts (front and back pages) into their application.
    • Photos of documents are not acceptable.
    • Applicants may begin their application while taking fall term courses.  However, a official transcript showing all fall term grades must be uploaded to the online application system by the January 31st deadline. If transcripts showing fall term grades are not uploaded to the application system by the January 31st application deadline the application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.
    • Transcripts mailed or emailed to the department will not be accepted.  Upon admission to the program, applicants will be provided information as to when, and how to submit official sealed transcripts (if required).
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Application Requirements for Academic Documents webpage for additional document information.


    1. If at the time of application you are registered in any winter term courses (prerequisites included), or will not convocate by the January 31st application deadline: Upload an official transcript(s) in pdf format to the online application system indicating registration in the course(s) by January 31st.  A final transcript(s) (pdf) noting completion of the course(s), and/or date of convocation must be emailed to by June 30th. If the course(s), or degree are not successfully completed, or transcripts are not received by email by June 30th the application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.

    2.  If applicants are not longer attending ANY post-secondary institutions: Upload all transcripts in pdf format as soon as possible after starting an application.

    3.  University of Alberta past/present students: Submit one unofficial (from BearTracks), or official U of A transcript in pdf.  Note: Transcripts from all other-post secondary institutions ever attended must also be submitted even though you may have received transfer credit at the U of A.


  • Reference Forms

    Reference Forms: Applicants are required to have two referees complete the mandatory online reference forms.  One referee must be from an academic source (university/college professor), and the second from a professional (work supervisor, volunteer coordinator, mentor, coach, etc).  Family, friends, parents, acquaintances, etc. are not suitable.  If you have been out of school for several years and you absolutely cannot locate an academic reference, indicate this in your Letter of Intent and the reasons for choosing the two referees who will be submitting their recommendations.

    Applicants are required to enter contact information for their two referees into their online applications. A email with a link to the mandatory reference form will only be sent to referees after the applicant has submitted and paid for their application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor their application to ensure that both referees have uploaded their completed form back into their online application by the January 31st deadline.  Applications that are missing one, or both reference letters will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.

    NOTE: The electronic reference form is geared towards an academic reference, please ask the personal referee to complete the form as completely as possible.

  • Situational Judgement Exam

    Situational Judgement Exam: Applicants are required to complete a situational judgements exam offered by CASPer testing. CASPer testing is external to the University of Alberta, and testing results are sent directly to the department from CASPer. Information on how to book an exam, exam dates, and times can be found on the CASPer website. Any questions regarding the CASPer exam must be directed to CASPer directly.

    Applicants with incomplete or missing CASPer scores will not be considered for admission.

    NOTE: The last date available to write the CASPer exam for Fall 2020 admissions is January 26th, 2020.


  • Letter of Intent

    Letter of Intent: A link is provided in the online application system to the Graduate Application Review System (GARS) webpage where applicants must complete their Letter of Intent.  All applicants must create an account on the GARS webpage to gain access.  Applicants must sign the release of information declaration and complete the pre-set questions (each question has a character maximum of 1800).  These questions are designed to describe your knowledge of Occupational Therapy and how your background (academic, professional, or personal) has prepared you for the OT program, and ultimately the OT profession.  If you have had academic struggles in the past, or any other issues involving your academic history/transcript, you may include this information in the last question.  The more information we have about an applicant, the better.  Once the form is completed, the applicant creates a PDF and uploads the form to any one of the 4 Department Check spots in the online application by the January 31st application deadline. Applications that are missing the Letter of Intent will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission.

    Detailed instructions on how to access, and complete the Letter of Intent on the GARS system can be found in the Department Checklist PDF, which is provided in the application under the header Documents.

    For technical assistance, or inquiries with the GARS system, please email:

  • International Applicants

    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 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.