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    Faculty

    • College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    Degree

    • Master of Occupational Therapy

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

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    Program options

    • Accelerated program

Program details

Master of Occupational Therapy

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: Two year’s tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum uses wide-ranging teaching methods, recognizing that students have different learning styles. 

Teaching methods are organized into four categories: 

Large group teaching: didactic lectures,  micro-teaching, workshop approach
Small group teaching: tutorials, break-out sessions, seminars, labs, problem-based learning, team-based learning
Blended learning: flipped classroom, on-line presentations, on-line discussions 
Experiential learning: simulation, community service learning, fieldwork

Fieldwork is interspersed throughout the program and progresses from basic to advanced. 

The first year of the program takes place over 40 weeks and consists of:

  • 28 weeks (12 weeks and 16 weeks) of academic study and
  • 12 weeks (4 weeks and 8 weeks) of fieldwork experience.

The second year of the program takes place over 46 weeks and consists of:

  • 32 weeks (16 weeks and 16 weeks) of academic study and
  • 14 weeks (8 weeks and 6 weeks) of fieldwork experience 

Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Program

Expected duration: 1 year

Tuition and fees: One year’s tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The Master of Occupational Therapy accelerated program includes 12 credit hours of academic course work from the Master of Occupational Therapy program or equivalent, plus preparation of a professional portfolio.

Only individuals with a Bachelor of OT who have completed the CAOT exam or are eligible for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists can complete the Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Program. 

Sample course offerings

Year 1

  • OT 6100: Human Determinants of Occupational Performance 
  • OT 6110: Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Theory
  • OT 6122: Foundations of Health and Well-being 
  • OT 6130: Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 1 
  • OT 6142: Professionalism and Enabling Occupation 
  • OT 6190: Fieldwork Preparation 
  • OT 6200: Basic Fieldwork 
  • OT 6300: Analysis of Occupation 
  • OT 6310: The Environment and Occupational Performance 
  • OT 6320: Health Conditions and Occupational Performance 
  • OT 6330: Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 2 
  • OT 6352: Foundations of Evidence-informed Occupational Therapy 
  • OT 6400: Intermediate Fieldwork 1 

Year 2

  • OT 7542: Professionalism and Leadership in Enabling Occupation 1 
  • OT 7560: Occupational Therapy Process 1 
  • OT 7572: Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 3 
  • OT 7600: Intermediate Fieldwork 2 
  • OT 7742: Professionalism and Leadership in Enabling Occupation 2 
  • OT 7752: Critical Inquiry Research Project 
  • OT 7760: Occupational Therapy Process 2 
  • OT 7772: Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 4 
  • OT 7800: Advanced Fieldwork

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

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Fieldwork

Fieldwork education is an integral part of the Master of Occupational Therapy program. Fieldwork placements are integrated throughout the program and typically include 1 four-week, 2 eight-week and 1 six-week experience. 

Fieldwork placements mostly occur in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. All students should be prepared to travel out of Winnipeg for a minimum of one placement during the course of the program.

Accreditation

The Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Manitoba
underwent an accreditation review in March 2019 by the Canadian
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the national
accreditation body for occupational therapy programs. The program
received a full seven-year accreditation from 2019 to 2026. 

Admission requirements

Master of Occupational Therapy admission requirements

The Master of Occupational Therapy is a graduate program, which means that you must complete an undergraduate degree, including several required and recommended courses, before you can be considered for admission.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

An acceptable English Language Proficiency test score is required, if applicable. Please note that Occupational Therapy requires scores above the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum requirement, as follows:
CanTEST:  A minimum band of 5.0 in Listening, Reading, Oral Expression, and Writing.
IELTS: A minimum overall score of 8.0 on the Academic Module.
TOEFL (iBT): A minimum total score of 100 is required, with a score of 22 in each of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.

Only the above test types will be accepted.

Guide to prerequisite courses and equivalent courses from other institutions

Prerequisite courses University of Manitoba Université de St. Boniface University of Winnipeg Brandon University Canadian Mennonite University Athabasca University
Human Anatomy BIOL 1410 Anatomy of the Human Body or KIN 2320 / KPER 2320 Human Anatomy when combined with BIOL 2410 & 2420 Human Physiology 1 & 2 BIOL 1411 Anatomie du Corps Humain BIOL 1112/6 Human Anatomy & Physiology or KIN 2301/3 Human Anatomy when combined with KIN 2204/3 15.132 Human Anatomy & Physiology or 15:171 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 with 15:172 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 BIOL 1360 Anatomy of the Human Body BIOL 235 Human Anatomy & Physiology
Human Psychology BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body or BIOL 2410 & 2420 Human Physiology 1 & 2 BIOL 1413 Physiologie du Corps Humain or BIOL 2411 with BIOL 2421 Physiologie du Corps Humain 1 & 2 BIOL 1112/6 Human Anatomy & Physiology or KIN 2204/3 Introduction to Human Physiology 15.132 Human Anatomy & Physiology or 15:171 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 with 15:172 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 BIOL 1370 Physiology of the Human Body BIOL 235 Human Anatomy & Physiology
Introductory Statistics* STAT 1000 Basic Statistical Analysis STAT 1001 Analyse Statistique de Base I STAT 1301/3 Statistical Analysis I or STAT 1501/3 Elementary Biological Statistics 1 62.171 Introduction to Statistics MATH 1000 Basic Statistics MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
Psychology** Most courses from a Department of Psychology will be accepted for this requirement.
Social Sciences**

Most courses from a Department of Sociology will meet the Social Science requirement.

Courses in Cultural Anthropology and Human Geography will also be accepted.

* Research Methods courses from departments other than statistics may be used in lieu of statistics (e.g. PSYC 2250 Introduction to Psychological Research). Detailed listing of approved statistics courses.

** Research methods courses from the departments of Psychology and Sociology cannot be used to meet either the Psychology or Social Science prerequisite. Courses from Psychology cannot be used to meet the Social Science prerequisite. Courses that focus on social situations of specific populations (for example from Indigenous, Disability or Gender Studies Departments) may be considered for the Social Science requirement.

Prerequisite equivalency by province

To view listings of prerequisite equivalencies from post-secondary institutes by each province, find your province or delivery method on the list below

Alberta 
Distance education prerequisites

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec

Saskatchewan

Due to the high volume of inquiries prerequisite pre-assessments will only be available from May 15 to December 15, 2021. After these dates interested Canadian applicants are encouraged to submit and pay for a 2022-2023 application prior to the February 1, 2022 application deadline. 

Prerequisite reviews will only be conducted for applicants that are in the ranking to receive an interview offer. If our office requires more information regarding pre-requisite courses for students who are in the competitive range for an interview offer, our office will contact the candidate by email to request a course syllabus.

How to submit a course for prerequisite review

If you are unable to find your course listed in the guide to prerequisite courses from other institutions, you can check to see if the University of Manitoba has previously assessed courses from your home institution. Courses that have been assessed for equivalency are located in the University of Manitoba’s Transfer Credit Equivalencies database.

If you are unable to find your course or course in the guide to University of Manitoba’s Transfer credit equivalencies database your course may not have been previously assessed for equivalency. If your course has not been previously assessed, you will be required to submit the following, in order for the course to be assessed as equivalent to the Master of Occupational Therapy program admission prerequisite:

Please identify the prerequisite requirement that you would like reviewed and submit for evaluation including the following information: 

i)  Name of institution where course was taken

ii)  Course name, number and credit hours

iii)  Detailed course syllabus/outline

The detailed course syllabus is what you receive from the course instructor, outlining the topics that were to be covered over the course of the term.

Please Note: The course syllabus is not the same as the Academic Calendar Listing above. If you do not have a copy of this for submission, you will need to contact the instructor or Department head to attain this information.

iv)  Textbook information (only if not included in course syllabus) Textbook title, edition and author(s)

Upon receipt of the above information, courses will be reviewed and assessed for equivalency by the Admissions Chair and you will be notified accordingly of the outcome.

Please submit your pre-requisite assessment packages via email to CORS.MOTprogram@umanitoba.ca 

Questions about prerequisites

Please contact us if you have questions about prerequisites.
CORS.MOTprogram@umanitoba.ca

Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Program admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy accelerated program, you must have a minimum of a BMR (OT) degree or equivalent  and evidence of having passed the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) certification examination and/or eligibility for registration in Manitoba by the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM)

Applicants to the accelerated program are advised to contact the Head of the Occupational Therapy Department prior to applying as admission to the program is dependent on the resources available in any given year.

How to apply

Master of Occupational Therapy 

Applications for the Master of Occupational Therapy program are accepted once a year for Fall entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Program

Applications for the Master of Occupational Therapy accelerated program are accepted twice a year for Fall and Winter entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) degree or equivalent
  • Successful completion 42 non-Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) degree credit hours.
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of introduction
  • Proof of CAOT results
  • 2 letters of recommendation

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Master of Occupational Therapy students

Canadian/US applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Application not yet open
International applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 January 15, 2022 Application not yet open

Apply now

Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated  Program students

Canadian/US applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Winter 2022 October 1, 2021 Application not yet open
International applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 January 15, 2022 Application not yet open

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

graduate.admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Department of Occupational Therapy
Room 106-771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E OT6

CORS.MOTprogram@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-789-3897
Fax: 204-789-3927