Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree ​Programs

Occupational Therapy

MScOT

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specialization is available to students in the participating degree program as listed below:

Overview

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is committed to providing graduate and continuing education programs that enable occupational therapists to be leaders in research, clinical practice, and the promotion of health and well-being. Core and clinical faculty members provide dynamic, evidence-based, and comprehensive instruction and mentorship. Graduates are innovative professionals focused on enabling occupation and enhancing health and well-being.

Starting in September 2018, the MScOT is offered both at the St. George (downtown Toronto) campus and at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus. Applicants will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred campus. Campus preferences will be considered but they are not guaranteed.

Contact and Address

Web: ot.utoronto.ca
Email: ot.reception@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-8571
Fax: (416) 946-8570

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto
Room 160, 500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Canada

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Agur, Anne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Cameron, Jill - BSc, MS, PhD
Colantonio, Angela - BA, BSc(OT), MHSc, PhD
Dawson, Deirdre - BSc, MSc, PhD (Interim Chair and Graduate Chair)
Friefeld, Sharon - BSc(OT), MA, PhD
King, Gillian - BA, MA, PhD
Kirsh, Bonnie - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD
Lindsay, Sally - BA, MA, PhD
Mihailidis, Alex - BASc, MASc, PhD
Rappolt, Susan - BSc(OT), MSc, PhD
Reed, Nick - BA, MSc, PhD
Reid, Denise - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD
Renwick, Rebecca - DipOT, BA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Friedland, Judith - BA, MA, PhD
Polatajko-Howell, Helene J. - PhD

Associate Members

Barker, Donna - BSc(OT), MSc
Cockburn, Lynn - BSc(OT), BCom, MEd, MPH, PhD
Farrow, Susan - BSc(OT), BA
Fourt, Anne - BSc(OT), MEd
Hamdani, Yani - MA
Hitzig, Sander - PhD
Ho, Emily - BSc(OT), MEd, PhD
Hunt, Anne - MSc, PhD
Langlois, Sylvia - BSc, MSc
Markoulakis, Roula - MSc, PhD
Mckee, Patricia - DipOT, BSc(OT), MSc
Munce, Sarah - BSc, MSc, PhD
Nalder, Emily - BOTh, PhD
Novak, Alison - PhD
Reel, Kevin - BSc(OT)
Rowland, Paula - BS, BS
Stier, Jill - MA, BMedSc (Graduate Coordinator)
Trentham, Barry - BSc(OT), MES, PhD
Vasquez, Brandon - BS, MA, PhD
Wasilewski, Marina B. - BSc, MSc, PhD

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy MScOT

​Master of Science in Occupational Therapy​

Program Description

The MScOT program prepares students in advanced academic and professional knowledge and applied research skills for leadership in occupational therapy practice. The program emphasizes the application of theory and research evidence to clinical practice through rigorous studies in occupational therapy and research production and utilization.

Graduates are eligible to write the certification examination of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, a requirement for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and most other professional regulatory colleges in Canada. Practice in another country generally requires the graduate to pass the licensing requirement specific to that country. Graduates are eligible to:

  • practise independently in a variety of roles, such as consultants and case managers, and in a range of settings, such as acute care, interdisciplinary programs, private practice, and primary health care;

  • supervise rehabilitation assistants, OT aides, or other support workers;

  • use principles of research-based practice to guide and evaluate service delivery;

  • contribute to research that will advance the knowledge base of the discipline;

  • assume management roles;

  • take leadership roles in the profession;

  • take leadership roles in health care and other sectors including social services, education, and labour;

  • fill academic-practitioner positions; and

  • pursue doctoral studies and careers in academia or clinical research.

The MScOT program is offered as a two-year full-time program. Admissions to the one-year, advanced-standing part-time option have been suspended.

 

MScOT Program (24-Month Full-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with high academic standing and a mid-B average or better in the final year of study.

  • To determine initial ranking only, the department will review the last 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) completed at the undergraduate level by the application deadline.

  • Apply online using the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS). Applications are accepted around October each year, with a deadline near the end of December or early January. Exact deadlines are posted on the ORPAS website and in the ORPAS Instruction Booklet.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by March 1 of the year of application. See General Regulations, section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency in this calendar for general information and acceptable tests. The department strongly prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and requires a minimum score of:​​

    • ​​​600 on the paper-based test, accompanied by a minimum score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • 100/120 on the Internet-based test with 22/30 on the speaking section and 22/30 on the writing section.

    TOEFL candidates should request that results be sent to institution code 0982.

  • Visit the Occupational Therapy and ORPAS websites for additional information regarding application document submissions (e.g., confidential assessment forms, resumé, personal statement submission).

Program Requirements

  • The MScOT is a two-year, 24-course (18.5-FCE) program of continuous, full-time study.

  • Students begin their studies in September and complete six consecutive sessions, with a range of four to six concurrent courses in each session.

  • There are four full-time block fieldwork components within the program of study.​

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years​ full-time

 

MScOT Program (12-Month, Advanced-Standing Part-Time Option)

Admissions to the advanced-standing option have been suspended.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from a recognized university with high academic standing and a mid-B average or better in the final year of study.

  • Applicants must be registered, or eligible for registration, for independent practice as an occupational therapist in Canada with a provincial regulating body.

  • Apply online using the SGS online application system. Applications are accepted approximately in mid-February each year, with a deadline approximately at the end of March (subject to change).

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by March 1 of the year of application. See General Regulations, section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency in this calendar for general information and acceptable tests. The department strongly prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and requires a minimum score of:

    • ​​​600 on the paper-based test, accompanied by a minimum score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • 100/120 on the Internet-based test with 22/30 on the speaking section and 22/30 on the writing section.

    TOEFL candidates should request that results be sent to institution code 098​2.

  • ​Visit the Occupational Therapy website for additional information regarding application document submissions (e.g., reference letters, resumé, personal statement submission).

Program Requirements

  • The advanced-standing option is a three-consecutive-session, part-time program of study beginning in September. Students must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs): OCT 1111Y, OCT 1122Y+, and OCT 1220Y0.

  • Students complete the advanced-standing option in an online environment with a mandatory one-week, on-campus residency.

  • For more information about the application process, tuition, and supervision, etc., please visit the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy website​.

Program Length

3 sessions part-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy MScOT Courses

Required Courses for the 24-Month Full-Time Option

OCT 1100H0
Applied Skills and Technology: Human Factors and Design in Occupational Therapy
OCT 1111Y
Occupational Science: Foundations for Occupational Therapy
OCT 1122Y+
Research Approaches and Methods in Occupational Therapy
OCT 1131H
Occupational Therapy Practice l
OCT 1132H
Occupational Therapy Practice ll
OCT 1141H
Assessment in Occupational Therapy
OCT 1152Y
Musculo-Skeletal Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice
OCT 1162Y
Mental Health Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice
OCT 1172Y+
Neurological Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice
OCT 1183Y
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork l
OCT 1190Y0
Building Practice Through Mentorship
OCT 1193H
Enabling Occupation Across the Life Course
OCT 1220Y0 (1.5 FCEs)
Graduate Research Project
OCT 1233H
Occupational Therapy Practice III
OCT 1236H
Transition to Occupational Therapy Practice
OCT 1251H
Enabling Occupation with Children: Part I
OCT 1252H
Enabling Occupation with Children: Part II
OCT 1261H
Enabling Occupation with Adults: Part I
OCT 1262Y
Enabling Occupation with Adults: Part ll
OCT 1271H
Enabling Occupation with Older Adults: Part l
OCT 1272H
Enabling Occupation with Older Adults: Part II
OCT 1281Y
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II
OCT 1282Y+
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork III
OCT 1283Y
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork IV

Required Courses for the 12-Month, Advanced-Standing Part-Time Option

OCT 1111Y
Occupational Science: Foundations for Occupational Therapy
OCT 1122Y+
Research Approaches and Methods in Occupational Therapy
OCT 1220Y0
Graduate Research Project (1.5 FCEs)

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.