|Enrollment in the MSc (OT) and MSc (PT) includes approximately 65 offers of admission in each program. Final approval of applicants for admission in the MSc (OT) and MSc (PT) will be granted by the Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies.|
Students applying to the Master's degree in Occupational Therapy Msc (OT) or Physiotherapy MSc (PT) at McMaster will be required to have the following:
If you are graduating from a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits), you require the following:
- A minimum average of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12, calculated over the last 60 units of your university course work. (Applicants may apply in the 4th year of their degree).
If you graduated from a 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits), you must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply. You require the following:
- 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits)
- plus an additional 30 units/credits to now total 120 units/credits in all.
- Contained within this 120 units/credits,18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above.
- A minimum average of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12, calculated over the last 60 units of your university course work.
In addition to the above requirements, the MSc (PT) degree requires:
- A full or half credit in one biological or life science course with a grade of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12 or higher.
- A full or half credit in one social science or humanities course with a grade of B or 75% or 3.0/4 or 8/12 or higher.
Notes for all applicants:
- Applicants may apply in the fourth year of their degree program but must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements prior to June 30, of the year they apply in.
- Academic achievement on graduate courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Practicum courses and non-convertible grades (e.g. pass/fail) will not be included in this calculation.
- Ontario Bachelor of Education degrees will not be included or converted in the GPA calculations.
- All graduate work must have a grade of B- or higher.
Students are expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete program requirements. Some placements may be located in rural, under-serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, there may be some external funding available.
During clinical practica, students may be required to attend evening and weekend hours. Whenever possible, students will know in advance if evening and/or weekend hours are required. It is students' responsibility to meet the requirements for clinical practica hours in order to meet the degree requirements of their respective programs.
Assessment of Foreign Transcripts
Applicants with foreign transcripts, excluding the U.S. are required to submit the following:
1. Original Documents
Notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date, including the diploma or degree awarded.
If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted with the foreign transcripts. All foreign transcripts will be evaluated by the Program Administrator with final clearance by the Assistant Registrar, McMaster School of Graduate Studies.
If your first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) (reading-22, speaking-24, listening-24, writing-22) is required. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand. The TOEFL score must be sent directly from the TOEFL Centre to McMaster University (McMaster code: 0936, Department codes: OT- 44 and PT- 48.) Scores that are more than two years old are not valid.