Admission Requirements

The following information is for INTERNATIONAL applicants only.  Click here for Domestic Student Admission Requirements.

The application process for the September 2015 intake will open on November 1, 2014 and will close on February 1, 2015.  Applicants may arrange for application documentation to be sent to the Department of OS&OT so as to arrive on November 1, 2014 at the earliest.  Application documentation received before this date will be discarded.  For 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 2015. Questions regarding admission requirements or application procedures can be directed to mot.admissions@ubc.ca

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

International applicants who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree through a Canadian or US post-secondary institution:

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 must end by April of the application year. Students with undergraduate degrees in progress during the Summer term (ie. May-August) cannot normally apply for the September 2015 intake.

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.

International applicants who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree through an international post-secondary institution:

Applicants with international credentials must meet the minimum standards set forth by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC.  You are advised to visit their website on Minimum Academic Requirements: International Credentials to verify whether you have the components necessary to apply to the MOT program.  From the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page, you will select the country you have completed or are completing your undergraduate degree in.  You will be directed to a page that displays the years of study required, the overall grade required and the credentials or degrees required from post-secondary institutions in that country.  Please ensure you meet these minimum requirements before applying to the MOT program.

All international applicants:

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 of the application year. Students with prerequisite courses in progress during the Summer term (ie. May-August) cannot normally apply for the September 2015 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 courses that have been accepted or declined to fulfill this requirement, or 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 – courses outside of the disciplines can be assessed on a case-by-case basis by providing the course information (ie. course name, number, title and content description) to mot.admissions@ubc.ca.
  • Behavioural Science Course (1 course of 3 credits or equivalent): any course at any level from an accredited post-secondary institution in Psychology – courses outside of this discipline can be assessed on a case-by-case basis by providing the course information (ie. course name, number, title and content description) to mot.admissions@ubc.ca.

REFERENCES

1. Applicants are required to submit TWO academic reference letters addressing the applicants ability to succeed in a graduate program. Individuals acting as an applicant’s volunteer/work experience reference cannot also act as an academic reference. If you are unable to attain your academic reference letters from past or current professors, you can submit letters from past or current employers that have preferably obtained a graduate degree. The academic reference letters, whether submitted by professors or employers, must speak to the applicant’s academic ability. Faxed or emailed reference forms or letters will not be accepted. Your academic references should be listed as Referee 1 and Referee 2 in the “References” section of the online application, and should be submitted using of one of the following options:

  • Submission of a standard academic reference letter on company letterhead, mailed in a sealed and endorsed envelope directly to the Department of OS&OT
  • Submission of a Report on Applicant for Admission to Graduate Studies form, mailed in a sealed and endorsed envelope directly to the Department of OS&OT
  • Submission of an electronic Academic Reference Form – to utilize this option, you must include your referee’s email address in the “References” section of the online application, which will initiate a request for an online academic reference after you have submitted your application. When choosing this option, ensure that you will submit your online application well in advance of the application deadline to ensure your referee will have sufficient time to complete the online academic reference and return it to the Department electronically by the application deadline

 

2. Applicants are required to submit a minimum of ONE but no more than two reference forms verifying his/her volunteer/work experience. Individuals acting as an applicant’s academic reference cannot also act as a volunteer/work experience reference. You must be able to provide a MOT Volunteer/Work Experience Form from an individual employed by the organization who acted as your direct supervisor. The individual(s) submitting the Volunteer/Work Experience Reference Form to verify and validate your experience cannot be the client you have worked with nor a family member of the client you have worked with under any circumstances.

If you have completed your minimum 70 hours of volunteer/work experience at two organizations/facilities, you are required to submit two reference forms (one from each supervisor) of each organization/facility. Your referee(s) must complete and submit the MOT Volunteer/Work Experience Reference Form and mail it in a sealed and endorsed envelop directly to the Department of OS&OT. Faxed or emailed reference forms will not be accepted, nor any other forms or letters in lieu of the Volunteer/Work Experience Reference Form. Your volunteer/work experience reference should be listed as Referee 3 in the “References” section of the online application. Do not include an email address for your volunteer/work experience reference in the “References” section of the online application – the online reference that will be sent automatically to referees for whom you have included an email address is intended for academic references only.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Mailed references should be submitted in standard sized envelopes no larger than 8.5″ by 11″. If you are providing your referees with a stamped and addressed envelope, do not provide non-standard or over-sized envelopes. If your referees will be providing their own envelope, advise them to submit their reference in a standard sized envelope.

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 persons 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 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 be able to 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 have worked with nor a family member or friend of the client you have 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 of February 1, 2015.

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 so as to arrive by the application deadline of February 1, 2015.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Applicants are not required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to apply to the MOT program but are encouraged to do so in the following cases:

  • Mature Students: Applicants who have been out of post-secondary school for more than 5 years are  encouraged to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order for the Department of OS&OT to assess your current academic ability in the absence of recent undergraduate coursework.
  • Lack of Academic Reference Letters: Applicants who are unable to provide at least one academic reference letter can submit professional letters of reference. However, you are strongly encouraged to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order for the Department of OS&OT to assess your academic ability in the absence of the required academic reference letters.

For more information on the Graduate Record Examination, please visit http://www.ets.org/gre/

CRIMINAL RECORD REVIEW ACT

The University of British Columbia is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act, (CRRA) which means that 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 normally an A- (80%) 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 2014 intake will be scheduled during the first week of March.  Applicants can expect to receive an email on the status of their application, and whether an interview will be offered, on February 21, 2014.

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.