MSc in Occupational Science

Occupational Science is an interdisciplinary field that studies the nature and function of human occupation (the things people do in their everyday lives) as it relates to the health and well-being of individuals, communities and societies. Occupational Science provides important theories and research insights that inform social change and policy that impact every day lives.

The online Master of Science in Occupational Science program prepares students to conduct innovative research and use critical ways of knowing to develop theoretical perspectives on occupation, drawing on and contributing to knowledge from a wide range of disciplines and professions. Students have the opportunity to learn about and conduct research related to specific individuals/populations, and their capacity and/or right to participate in meaningful daily activities as well as interventions, personal, environmental or societal factors that impact them. This online degree is well suited for students with diverse undergraduate degrees, and with occupational therapy degrees that have a commitment to exploring the science of everyday doing. 

  1. Apply occupational science related concepts to analyze policies, theories, and social norms to enhance occupation
  2. Understand and apply a variety of research methodologies to address occupation-focused phenomena.
  3. Demonstrate how occupational science has the potential to transform epistemologies, policies, procedures, and practices in multiple settings, and across diverse contexts.

This innovative online program can be completed either full or part-time. Full time, there will typically be one year of courses and  one additional year of thesis work for those pursuing the thesis option or 1 additional year for their major project for those completing the course-based option.  Students will require regular and consistent access to the internet to participate successfully in this fully online distance education program. Our research page provides links to seminars presentations on Occupational Science research topics.

More information about this program, including admissions requirements, application process, and funding opportunities can found on the academic graduate Master of Science - Occupational Science webpage.

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Please note that although an MSc in Occupational Science would provide an excellent foundation for study in occupational therapy, this degree does NOT lead to professional/clinic practice. If you would like to be an occupational therapist, please see the MSc(OT)-Entry level information.