Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Occupational Therapy

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To see a program overview and learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, review the Occupational Therapy website and the Occupational Therapy admissions information page.

Occupational Therapy is a Graduate Studies program. Admission to Occupational Therapy requires the completion of an undergraduate or bachelor's degree. This means you must complete a first degree, with some required courses and additional requirements before applying to this program. Before you choose your courses, decide on what you would like your first degree to be. Then refer to that faculty page in the First Year Planning Guide for the courses you will need for that program, followed by the Occupational Therapy requirements. For a list of alternate course options and second year requirements, visit the Occupational Therapy eligibility page.

M.O.T. Master of Occupational Therapy

Courses Required in First Degree Credit Hours
BIOL 1410 Anatomy of the Human Body 3
BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body 3
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology 3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 3
Social Science requirement - one of:
SOC 1200 Introduction to Sociology (6)
ANTH 1220 Cultural Anthropology (3)
GEOG 1280 Introduction to Human Geography (3)



  • Admission to Occupational Therapy requires an undergraduate degree. When choosing courses for first year, please also reference the requirements of your intended first degree, as outlined in this guide.
  • Other courses may be considered to fulfill the course requirements listed in the chart. Refer to the Occupational Therapy Eligibility Requirements page for the most up-to-date information. 
  • Statistical analysis and research courses from departments other than Statistics may be considered on an individual basis in lieu of STAT 1000 (M).
  • BIOL 1410 and BIOL 1412 are recommended to be taken in your first year as this is the best opportunity to obtain space in introductory level courses. Plan to take PSYC 1200 in first or second year, as PSYC 1200 is the prerequisite to PSYC 2290 and PSYC 3070, which are highly recommended. For more course recommendations in preparation for the program, visit the Occupational Therapy Recommended Courses page.
  • Consider taking HEAL 1600 Health and Health Professions as an elective in your first degree.


Plan to transit or apply to another faculty after completing University 1.

Minimum Credit Hours: 90 credit hours with the completion of any type of undergraduate degree with required courses. See the Occupational Therapy website for details and the complete eligibility requirements.
Minimum Course Load: Undergraduate studies may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All required prerequisite courses must be completed by July 31st of the year of application.
W Requirement: Refer to the admission and course requirements of your first degree. 
M Requirement: Refer to the admission and course requirements of your first degree. STAT 1000 (M) meets the M requirement.
Minimum GPA: 3.00 on the last 60 credit hours of study and a grade of 'B' or higher in each of the required courses. Admission is competitive - a higher than minimum GPA is often required and varies each year depending on the applicant pool. View previous admissions statistics online. 
Additional Requirements:

Letter of introduction, résumé, and interview.

Selection Criteria:

A combination of grades (50%) and interview (50%). Eligible applicants will be considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Manitoba Residents.
  2. Canadians who reside in other provinces or territories.
  3. International applicants.

Canadian Indigenous applicants who meet all admission requirements will be given priority for up to 15% of the available spaces.


  • Math 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Biology 40S and Physics 30S or 40S recommended.


  • 5 years - completion of first degree (minimum 90 credit hours) plus 2 years in Occupational Therapy. 


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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide