Frequently Asked Questions about Prerequisites
How do I know if my prerequisite courses are acceptable?
To determine if your course(s) have been assessed for equivalency visit our Prerequisites web page found here. If your course(s) have not yet been reviewed please follow the instructions provided to request a review. Prerequisite reviews may be submitted to our office between May 15 and December 15. (With the exception of International students. International students are not provided prerequisite reviews.)
Detailed review of prerequisite courses will be completed by our office when a request is submitted (between May 15 and December 15) or an applicant has a competitive last 60 credit hour GPA for an interview offer. Prerequisite courses listed in the on-line application by applicants outside of the competitive range for an interview will not be reviewed in detail.
What courses can I use for the Psychology requirement?
Most courses from a Department of Psychology will be accepted for this requirement. It is anticipated that most applicants to the Department of Occupational Therapy will use Introductory Psychology for this prerequisite. Applicants with a grade lower than ‘B’ (3.0) in Introductory Psychology can use a higher level psychology course [with a grade of ‘B’ (3.0) or higher] to fulfill this requirement.
Research Methods courses from a Department of Psychology cannot be used as the Psychology prerequisite.
Psychology-related courses from other departments do not typically meet this requirement. Courses such as Psychology of Sport taken through a Department of Kinesiology are not accepted for this requirement.
Although only 3 credit hours are required to meet the prerequisite, applicants may find that having additional courses in Psychology will be helpful in their learning with the MOT program. Click here for other recommended courses that previous students have felt were helpful as background knowledge for the MOT program.
What courses can I use for the social sciences requirement?
This prerequisite is content specific; most courses from a Department of Sociology will be accepted with the exception of research methods. Courses in Cultural Anthropology (not Biological Anthropology or Archaeology) and Human Geography (not Physical Geography) will also be accepted. It is anticipated that most applicants to the Department of Occupational Therapy will use Introductory Sociology for this prerequisite. Applicants with a grade lower than ‘B’ (3.0) in Introductory Sociology, Cultural Anthropology or Human Geography courses can use a higher level course [with a grade of ‘B’ (3.0) or higher] to fulfill this requirement.
Courses that focus on the social situations of specific populations (for example courses from Indigenous, Disability or Gender Studies Departments) will be considered for the Social Science requirement on a case by case basis.
NOTE: Research Methods courses from the Department of Sociology or Social Psychology courses cannot be used as the Social Science prerequisite. Courses from Psychology cannot be used for the Social Science prerequisite.
Although only 3 credit hours are required to meet the Social Science prerequisite, applicants may find that having completed additional course work in Social Science will be helpful towards their learning within the MOT program. Click here for other recommended courses that previous students have felt were helpful as background knowledge for the MOT program.
Can a Research Methods course be used in lieu of the Statistics requirement?
Students may be able to use Research Methods courses from other departments to fulfill this requirement if there is a sufficient amount of statistical content. The most common course used in lieu of the Introductory Statistics requirement is Research Methods in Psychology. For a list of approved courses for the statistics requirement, please review the courses listed under the various institutions within our Eligibility Requirements. If your course is not listed here, please follow the instructions on the Eligibility Requirements link above, in order to facilitate a review.
I did not receive a grade of ‘B’ (3.0) in STAT 1000 Statistical Analysis I, but received a ‘B’ (3.0) or higher in STAT 2000. Have I met the requirement?
I do not have courses in Human Anatomy or Human Physiology, but have taken Introductory Biology. Can I use this course?
No. There is not sufficient content area in Human Anatomy or Human Physiology to prepare an applicant for the MOT program.
I have two courses that count as a prerequisite (i.e. Human Physiology I and II). Do I need to have a minimum grade of ‘B’ (3.0) in each course, or is it ok if they average to a ‘B’ (3.0)?
You need to have a minimum grade of ‘B’ (3.0) in each of the prerequisites. You cannot average the prerequisites to meet this requirement.
Will having more than the minimum number of required credit hours for a prerequisite improve my chances of admission to the program?
No. Having more than the minimum may enhance your learning once in the program, but additional courses will not improve your chances of admission.
Will having a grade higher than ‘B’ (3.0) in a prerequisite improve my chances of admission?
Your GPA will be calculated based on the last 60 credit hours completed as of December 31 (i.e. for applicants applying for start in Fall 2021, your GPA will be calculated using the last 60 credit hours completed, with final marks, as of December 31, 2020). The higher your grades are during this time, the better your chance of admission. No specific weighting will be given to the prerequisites.
I will still be taking courses in the winter session (January-April) of the year I am applying. Will these be considered in my last 60 GPA calculation?
No, for applicants with courses in progress, the last 60 credit hours will be calculated with the grades available as of December 31 If you are offered a spot in the program, it will be conditional on meeting the eligibility requirements.
Since GPA calculations will be made on course work that has been completed, with a final mark, by December 31, do I have to complete my degree before December 31, in order to be eligible for admission?
Admitted applicants completing their prerequisite and degree requirements during the 2020-2021 regular academic session will have until June 20, 2021 to submit complete and official transcripts (including convocation) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (non-University of Manitoba students only).
Admitted applicants completing degree requirements during the 2021 Spring academic session will have until July 31, 2021 to submit complete and official transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (non-University of Manitoba students only).
For 2021 admission, degrees must be conferred by the fall (October) of 2021. Applicants who are conferring their degrees in fall 2021 will need to submit an additional official transcript after convocation (non-University of Manitoba students only).
Interview selection is based on the Grade Point Average of the last 60 credit hours and CASPer test results. If you are offered a spot in the program, it will be conditional on meeting the eligibility requirements.
Last updated: October 2020