Program requirements


Admissions requirements:

Candidates must provide proof of:

  • A completed 4-year baccalaureate degree in an area which can be related to the interdisciplinary field of Occupational Therapy.
  • A GPA =3.0 or greater, on a 4.3 scale, calculated on the last 20 half credits of the degree.
  • Meeting the general requirements for admissions as outlined by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • English language competency (such as TOEFL or other tests as outlined by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies)

Pointers for applying to the MScOS Program

Familiarize yourself with occupational science as a field of study. For example:

  Connect with prospective supervisors (thesis students only)

  • 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. 

Equitable admissions:

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.

Technical requirements

Computer and Internet Connection:
  • You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.
  • Courses may include video or audio playing software or a specific software application.
  • Most courses require word processing software.
  • Depending on a student’s thesis research, statistical or qualitative analysis software and bibliographic software may be required.