Application Evaluation Process

Evaluation process for admission

The initial application evaluation process is conducted by the department. The department will do a formal review of your application, verify your reference letters, and make a recommendation to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies performs a final review, verifies supporting documentation such as English language test scores and transcripts, and gives final approval to the application.

When the final decision is made, candidates will receive an unofficial email from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies followed by an official offer of admission from the University Registrar and may be requested to pay an admission deposit to reserve a seat in their program.

If you apply online, you will be able to track the status of your application online. However, final decisions on an application can only be revealed via the official letter signed by the University Registrar.

Atlantic Canada residency

Enrolment in the MSc(OT) - Entry Level program is typically 66 students per year. As we are the only School of Occupational Therapy in Atlantic Canada, Atlantic Canadian residents are given priority consideration for admission.

Protecting your privacy

In order to ensure privacy of information, we are unable to inform you of your wait list ranking or the status of individual applications. You will be notified of your status once the evaluation process has been completed.

Providing equal opportunities

We recognize the need to address the effects of discrimination toward specific groups. We are compliant with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.  

We also follow the Faculty of Health Affirmative Action Policy for the admission and education of qualified people who have historically been marginalized and educationally disadvantaged, including Aboriginal peoples, African Canadians and people with disabilities.

If you belong to one of these groups, you may voluntarily provide this information about yourself on your application. Qualified applicants will be given priority in the admissions process.

Students with disabilities

If you have a disability, you may decide to seek special consideration under the School’s Affirmative Action Policy for admission. Students who request accommodations for a disability must be registered with the Dalhousie Advising and Access Services Centre.