The following information is for INTERNATIONAL applicants only. Click here for Domestic Student Admission Requirements.
The application process for the September 2017 intake will open on October 15, 2016 and will close on January 15, 2017. 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 2017.
International applicants who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree through a Canadian or US post-secondary institution:
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 must end by April 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.
International applicants who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree through an international post-secondary institution:
1) Applicants with international credentials must meet the minimum standards set forth by the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral 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:
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 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 is required for the paper based test; a minimum score of 250 is required for the computer based test; a minimum score of 100 is required for the internet based test
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): A minimum overall score of 81 is required
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
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.
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.
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.