Admission Requirements for Master of Science - Occupational Science Program

Admission to the degree program is open to candidates who have completed a four year baccalaureate degree in a field which can be related to the interdisciplinary field of Occupational Science. Candidates must have a GPA = 3.0 or greater; on a 4.3 scale, calculated on the last 20 half credits of the degree and must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence, leadership experiences and the ability to work independently, referee recommendation, and scholarly interests that articulate a fit with the interdisciplinary field of occupational science. These will be assessed through review of the student’s letter of intent, CV and referee comments. Student success in our program is enhanced by:

  • Ability to work independently; especially being self-directed, self-motivated, and able to set and achieve timelines
  • Intellectual curiosity 
  • Academic skills, such as accessing trustworthy information, independent writing, ability to support a perspective
  • Ability to articulate fit with an online interdisciplinary occupational science graduate program

Pointers for applying to the MScOS Program

Familiarize yourself with occupational science as a field of study and how your experience and interests relate to occupational science. For example:

  If you are considering the thesis-stream, connect with prospective supervisors.

  • Familiarize yourself with the faculty members’ area of research. 
  • Send an introduction email. (Share information about yourself. Describe your scholarly interests. Explain how the faculty member’s area of research aligns well with your own scholarly interests.)
  • Set up a meeting with faculty members so you can learn more about one another and the supervisory relationship. 

Ensure your application is complete. Admissions offers will not be made if applications are incomplete.

Accessibility and Accommodations

To request special accommodations due to a disability, religious or other requirement, please contact Dalhousie’s Advising and Access Services Centre at (902) 494-2836 or

Equitable Admissions:

Consistent with requirements of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Equitable Admissions Policy, the School of Occupational Therapy is committed to improving the representation of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, persons of African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), Acadians, persons with dis/Abilities, and persons belonging to sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) minority groups in the program. Applicants from these groups who meet the minimum application requirements will be given preference in admissions. If you belong to one of these groups and wish to take advantage of this policy, you may voluntarily provide this information about yourself in the letter of intent.

SSGS Applicants:

For single courses for courses open for SSGS students - applicants need only provide:

  • FGS application forms; which are available at
  • If applicable, proof of English language competency (International Students)
  • two copies of official transcripts of all university courses
  • identify request for specific courses of interest

Please note that even if a student has completed a course as an SSGS student and is admitted to the MSc in Occupational Science program at a later date, full program fees apply.

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