MSc(OT – Post-Professional) Program

Who is eligible to apply?

If you are a graduate of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) approved program (four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent) with a 3.0 grade point average, you are eligible. Find out how to apply.

What is the application deadline?

  • Fall Term: June 1
  • Winter Term: October 31
  • Spring Term: February 28

International student deadlines are 2 months earlier for all terms.  To be considered for funding, full-time students should apply by January 31 for admission to the Spring/Summer or Fall semesters.

How is the program structured?

All courses are offered online. For the Research thesis stream students, you have the option of defending your thesis in person, online or by teleconference.

How long is the program?

The MSc(OT – Post-Professional) program usually takes between one and three years to complete, but many part-time students take over three years to finish. The average full-time student takes about 16 months to complete the program.

How much does the program cost?

Please see the Dalhousie Money Matters website for current information on tuition and fees.

How many courses do I need to take?

Research thesis stream students complete two required courses, two elective courses and a thesis. Practice leader stream students complete five required courses and four elective courses. If approved, students may complete up to two courses in another department or at another university. Students may also complete up to two of our courses as a special status graduate student (SSGS) in advance of applying for the program.

Am I required to be at Dalhousie for any part of the program?

No. All courses are offered online.

How much time will I spend on each course?

Each three credit course is equivalent to 36 hours of instruction. Most students will need about 160 hours to complete a course. You may need longer depending up on how quickly you read and write. In a condensed summer term, this means 160 hours in half the time.

What is a course like?

Courses are conducted using an internet-based learning system. They are organized into weekly modules with required reading, online discussions and assignments. Many students have said they enjoy the discussions and collaborations that arise from the experience.

Are marks the only consideration for admission?

No, we also take your experience and your letter of intent into consideration. We also try to make sure that you are a good fit for the program and that we can provide supervision for your research area.

How do I choose a thesis topic?

Although some students start the program with a thesis topic in mind, many are inspired by their coursework or our faculty members. Learn more about our research.

How do I select a supervisor?

We have a general Research thesis stream supervisor for the reseach stream students who will help connect you with a potential supervisor suitable for your research topic and work style. You may also ask faculty members in research areas that are similar to yours if they would be willing to supervise you. You do not need a supervisor before you start the program, however, it is strongly recommended that you have an area of interest and potential supervisors in mind after your first semester of courses.

Is distance learning for me?

Distance learning is convenient for people who prefer to remain in their home communities. Many of our students form close relationships with other students during online courses. While you’re completing your thesis, it can be difficult to maintain contact with other students. We strongly recommend that you find other students in the program who you can connect with during the thesis. Your thesis supervisor and the Program Coordinator can also help you get any support you need.

If you are not sure that distance learning is for you, you may enrol in up to two courses as a special student graduate studies (SSGS). If you decide to enrol in the program later, you may apply the courses to your degree program.

Can I manage this program along with working full time or parenting?

Most of our part-time students combine their studies with working or raising a family. It is recommended that those studying full-time work less than 15 hours per week.