The following information is for INTERNATIONAL applicants only. International applicants are those who are NOT a Canadian citizen and who do not have landed immigrant status or refugee status at the time of application deadline. Click here for Domestic Student Admission Requirements.
The application process for the September 2020 intake will open on November 1, 2019 and will close on February 1, 2020. For more information on required application documentation and procedures, please visit the How to Apply 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.
All applicants will be required to complete the CASPer online assessment process. Details regarding the UBC MOT CASPer test can be found here.
Applicants: Please see changes to the English language competency, reference letters, statement of intent, and interview consideration.
Please note that this year’s application opens November 1 and closes February 1; interviews will be held on March 11, 12, and 13.
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 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 2020 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. The most recent 45 senior level credits / 15 senior level courses, whether they are completed as a part of or outside your undergraduate degree, will be factored into your competitive GPA calculation for the purpose of admission into the program. In order for an appropriate academic assessment to be performed, only a minimum of 6 senior level courses must have been completed at the time of the application deadline, applicants with less than 45 senior level credits/15 senior level courses will be evaluated using all eligible senior level courses.
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. 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 apply for the September 2020 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 syllabus 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 syllabus 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.
You can visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for available positions. This requirement must be completed by the application deadline.
Re-applicants no longer have the option to re-use reference letters from previous year. If you wish to reapply you must submit a new and complete application for the next intake. Re-applicants are free to use referees from past years, but must provide updated reference letters each year.
CASPer ONLINE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT
All applicants are required to complete the CASPer online assessment process. Details regarding the UBC MOT CASPer test can be found under the CASPer Test page.
WRITTEN RESPONSE REQUIREMENT
As of 2019, the department has changed the required Statement of Intent to a written response (maximum 250-words) as part of the application process. The completed document must be uploaded to the online portal no later than February 1.
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 100 is required for the internet based test.
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): A minimum overall score of 85 is required.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): A minimum overall band score of 7.5 is required with a minimum score of 7.0 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 84% based on the 45 most recent senior level credits (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 2020 intake will take place in March 2020. 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.
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will offer a maximum of 3 interviews to any one applicant over a lifetime. If after 3 interviews, an offer of admissions is not made, applicants will no longer be offered an interview with the department, regardless of the competitiveness of the admission GPA achieved.
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.