Occupational Therapy

Application Requirements

The January 31st application and document deadline is firm with no exceptions. Therefore it is important to familiarize yourself with the application and ensure that you are aware of the requirements in the months or weeks leading up to the deadline.  If your application fee has not been paid and/or all of your documents have not been uploaded to your application by January 31, your application will not be considered.  Please read carefully through this list of required documents:

Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application.  Applications missing documents will not be considered for admission.

  • Department Checklist.  The checklist is provided in the online application under the header Documents.  The checklist 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 to their online application.  Applications that are missing the form will be considered incomplete and not considered for admission. 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.  Your own personal, general resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  The referees must use the reference form that is emailed to them from the online application ONLY once the application opens in November.  No mailed-in forms or letters are accepted.  One referee must be a 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.  A email with a link to the reference form will only be sent to referees once 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 reference letters will not be considered for admission.
  • Situational Judgement Exam(s).  CASPer Testing is external to the University of Alberta application system, and requires a University of Alberta Application ID.  Students are required to first submit their OT application (to generate their Application ID, this number starts with 160), then register for a CASPer test. CASPer test results are sent directly to the department from the CASPer agency by the application deadline.  Applicants with incomplete or missing CASPer scores will not be considered for admission. Specific CASPer testing dates are listed on their website: https://takecasper.com/.    Any questions about CASPer must be directed to the agency.
  • 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, a pdf must be generated and uploaded into the online application.  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 any technical assistance or inquiries with GARS, please email: support@gars.ualberta.ca
  • One set of original 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 under the education section of their application, then scan and upload all transcripts (both sides of each page) to their application by the January 31st deadline.  Therefore, it is important that you request a set of transcripts be sent to you from each institution well before the deadline. Transcripts that are dated more than six months old by the application deadline date will be deemed stale and unable to be reviewed. Transcripts marked 'Issued To Student' are acceptable.  Photos of documents are not acceptable.  Marksheets or lists of courses and grades are not acceptable. Applicants are highly encouraged to read "Application Requirements for Academic Documents" webpage before completing the education section of their application.

1. If you are still completing your degree or taking courses:  Final (pdf) transcripts showing fall term grades must be uploaded by the January 31st deadline.  Failure to meet this deadline will deem a application incomplete and it will not be reviewed for admission. For instructions on how to submit your application without fall term grades please refer to the Department Checklist which can be found under the Documents tab in the online application.

2. If you are registered in any course(s) (prerequisites included), or will not convocate by the January 31st application deadline:  Upload a official transcript(s) (PDF) to the 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 mscot@ualberta.ca 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. 

3. If you are no longer attending ANY post-secondary institutions:  Upload all transcripts (pdf) as soon as possible after starting an application.

4. University of Alberta past/present studentsSubmit one unofficial (from BearTracks) or official UofA transcript (pdf).  Please note:  A Transcript (pdf) from all other post-secondary institutions ever attended must also be submitted even though you may have received transfer credit at the UofA. 

For information on acceptable transcripts see HERE

Transcripts mailed 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 transcripts (if required).

Academic requirements from outside Canada and the USA

International applicants must ensure that their prerequisite courses (statistics and anatomy) are acceptable to fulfill the requirements well before the application deadline of January 31st. To do this, send course outlines/syllabus to mscot@ualberta.ca for review/verification of prerequisite. Make sure to include your full name.

Since degrees vary greatly from institution to institution and country to country, 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.

See minimum academic requirements from other countries.

Document requirements from outside Canada and the USA (pdf only)

  • 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) if required
  • Course outline/syllabus of both the statistics and 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 that 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 tests 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.