Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Medicine

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy website. For further details, please visit: http://osot.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy)

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program prepares graduates to be self-directed, lifelong learners, who consciously use theory, evidence and critical thinking skills to maintain, evaluate and improve their practice of occupational therapy. The program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and graduates are eligible to write the national licensing exam upon graduation. The MOT program. As this is a professional degree program, there is no thesis required and the curriculum is based on a combination of coursework and fieldwork placement.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in any field: Your degree must be academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree in any field, from any accredited post-secondary institution. Your degree can be in progress at the time of the application deadline, but all courses required for the completion of your degree must end by April 30 of the application year.
  • Academic standing of a minimum B+ (76%): Average based on ALL senior level courses (300 and 400 level) for which final grades are reported on your transcript at the time of the application deadline.
  • Prerequisite Coursework: Completed courses in Human Anatomy (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent), Social Sciences (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent) from Sociology, Anthropology or Human Geography and Behavioural Sciences (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent) from Psychology.
  • Volunteer/Work Experience Requirement: Successful completion of a minimum of 70 hours of interactive volunteer or work experience with individuals with disabilities. This experience can be paid or unpaid and must include direct in-person contact and interaction with individuals with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities.
  • Residency Requirement: Preference of admission is given to residents of British Columbia. Applicants are considered BC residents if they hold a currently valid BC CareCard or BC Services Card.
  • Criminal Record Review Act: The University of British Columbia is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA); meaning all students, who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults, will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: Two academic reference from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications, and at least one reference from a volunteer/work supervisor.
  • Statement of Intent: Maximum 500-word statement of intent detailing why you wish to study and practice Occupational Therapy, and summarizing the attributes you have to offer the profession
  • Proof of BC Residency (if applicable): Preference is given to residents of British Columbia. Applicants are considered BC residents if they hold a currently valid BC CareCard or BC Services Card at the time of the application deadline.
  • GRE test results (if applicable): If applicable, the results from the testing agency must be included in the online application system and mailed in a sealed and endorsed envelope directly to the Department of OS&OT.
  • Interview: Applicants who meet the above minimum requirements are eligible for interview consideration. The purpose of the interview is to determine an applicant’s verbal communication skills, maturity level and personal suitability to the program and profession.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the MOT Program’s Admissions Requirement page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Helen You
MOT Program Assistant

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Medicine
T325 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2B5
Website: osot.ubc.ca
Email: os.ot@ubc.ca
Tel 604 822 7392