Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Therapy Program 

The Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Therapy (OT) is a professional program leading to eligibility for licensure to practice as an Occupational Therapist. It is a 63-credit degree program that includes 1000 hours of fieldwork education over 5 semesters. 

Students may enter the Master of Science (Applied) program via two entry points; after completing a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (OT) at McGill University or via the Qualifying Year if they hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline other than OT.  

The educational approach is consistent with adult learning and reflective clinical practice. The curriculum uses a case-based, problem-solving, self-directed approach across the lifespan. Strong links between academic and clinical fieldwork education are emphasized throughout the educational process. The course work will focus on client-centered and evidence-informed practice, clinical reasoning, ethics and professionalism. These are essential components for the development of a humanistic, ethical, knowledgeable, competent, critical thinking, and problem-solving Occupational Therapist, practicing within the domains of musculoskeletal, neurological and mental health. The master's project is designed to develop research skills and scholarly contribution to health care delivery or clinical education.

The ability to communicate effectively in writing is a key skill required to succeed in both the professional Master's program and as an Occupational Therapist. If you need help with your writing skills, the Graphos program within the McGill Writing Center provides support for graduate students. To check out their services visit their website at They also provide free workshops on topics such as learning how to effectively engage with scholarly writing, and how to put together an effective poster presentation::

SKILLSETS provides interdisciplinary professional development offerings to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. There are over 250 free professional skills events and workshops throughout the year.

Top photo: Master’s students learning about assistive technologies at a clinical partner site.

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