Admission Requirements

The following information is for DOMESTIC applicants only.  Domestic applicants are those who hold Canadian permanent residency or citizenship at the time of the application deadline.  Click here for International Applicant Admission Requirements.

The application process for the September 2017 intake will open on October 15, 2016 and will close on January 15, 2017.  For more information on required application documentation and procedures, please visit the Application Procedures page.

Applicants must meet the requirements, outlined below, in order to be considered for admission. Admission is offered on a competitive basis as the annual enrollment and class size is limited to 48 domestic seats and up to 8 international seats for September 2017.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

1. 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. Students with undergraduate degrees in progress during the Summer term (ie. May-August) cannot apply for the September 2017 intake.

2. 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.  ALL senior level courses, whether they are completed as a part of or outside your undergraduate degree, will be factored into your GPA calculation for the purpose of admission into the program.  In order for an appropriate academic assessment to be performed, you must have completed at least 6 senior level courses at the time of the application deadline.

3. Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses, which will form a minimal foundation upon which to base your occupational therapy studies. The prerequisite courses can be in progress at the time of the application deadline, but must be completed by April 30 of the application year. Students with prerequisite courses in progress during the Summer term (ie. May-August) cannot normally apply for the September 2017 intake.

  • Accepted Human Anatomy Course (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent):  focus on gross human anatomy of the upper and lower limbs and trunk. To view the lists of accepted and declined courses (to fulfill this requirement), or for information on submitting a course for review, please visit the Human Anatomy Requirement page.
  • Social Science Course (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent): any course, at any level from an accredited post-secondary institution in Sociology, Anthropology or Human Geography. If you have taken any sociology, anthropology or human geography course, at any level at a post-secondary institution, you do not need to confirm if the course will fulfill the requirement. If you have taken a course outside of this discipline and you feel it may fulfill the requirement, it can be assessed on a case-by-case basis by providing the course information (ie. course name, number, title and full course description/outline) to mot.admissions@ubc.ca. The intent of the social science pre-requisite is to provide students with a broad background at personal/body, group/family and societal levels.
  • Behavioural Science Course (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent): any course, at any level from an accredited post-secondary institution in Psychology. If you have taken any psychology course, at any level at a post-secondary institution, you do not need to confirm if the course will fulfill the requirement. If you have taken a course outside of this discipline and you feel it may fulfill the requirement, it can be assessed on a case-by-case basis by providing the course information (ie. course name, number, title and full course description/outline) to mot.admissions@ubc.ca.

VOLUNTEER/WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

Successful completion of a minimum of 70 hours of interactive volunteer or work experience with individuals with disabilities at the time of the application deadline. This experience can be paid or unpaid and must include direct in-person contact and interaction with individuals with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities. Your experience must be completed at no more than two facilities/organizations. You must have a direct supervisor, in an official role, who can act as your reference, and comment on your abilities and verify the number of hours you completed.

In order for your experience to be counted, you must have been hired directly by an organization as an employee or volunteer. You must provide a reference from an individual employed by the organization who acted as your direct supervisor. The individual(s) submitting the Volunteer/Work Experience Reference, to verify and validate your experience, cannot be the client you worked with nor a family member/friend of the client you worked with under any circumstances. If experience has been gained through administrative or clerical roles, your referee must verify whether any of those hours have been obtained working interactively with individuals with disabilities, and state the number of hours on the reference form.

You can visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for available positions. This requirement must be completed by the application deadline.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY

If English was not the primary language of instruction of your undergraduate degree, you must complete one of the following English competency tests and achieve the minimum score, as noted below, within 24 months of the application deadline.  Results of your test must be sent directly from the testing institution, to the University of British Columbia, so as to be submitted by the application deadline.

RESIDENCY

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 at the time of the application deadline.  The BC CareCard or BC Services Card requires a minimum three-month prior residency for newly relocated individuals and for students who claim “residency” in BC and wish to remain covered by BC MSP, but live elsewhere to study. Further information can be found on the Health Insurance BC website.  Proof of BC residency is required by submitting a PDF photocopy of your BC CareCard or BC Services Card by the application deadline.

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. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children, or physical, sexual, or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. If the practicum is required for your program, this means that you may not be able to complete the program and you may not graduate. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, this program.

INTERVIEW CONSIDERATION

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. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. Based on the quality and quantity of applications we have received in recent years, the competitive average to secure an interview is 83% 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. The competitive average varies each application year and can increase or decrease depending on the number of applications received and the average of those applications.

The admission interviews for the September 2017 intake will take place on March, 8, 9, and 10, 2017. Applicants can expect to receive an email on the status of their application, and whether an interview will be offered, by late February. Interviews will be conducted in person at the UBC Vancouver campus.

Email inquiries are usually responded to within 7 business days of receipt. Inquiries will be responded to in the order received as quickly as possible; however, it is not always possible to respond within 7 business days due to the high volume of inquiries received. Do not re-send your email if you do not receive a response within a week.