Queen's University

School of

Graduate Studies

School of

Graduate Studies

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Occupational Therapy

"The School of Rehabilitation Therapy will lead and inspire positive changes
that transform lives through rehabilitation research,education and practice"



"Queen’s OT program was a good balance of academic and hands-on skills, and group work, allowing me to get to know my classmates really well. I was excited about the flexibilities that the degree allowed and the different opportunities presented. I never would have pictured I would be in Yellowknife today, but Occupational Therapy has opened a lot of doors for me."
Catherine Brandon, MSc(OT), 2008

Program Contact

Laurie Kerr
Program Assistant
Occupational Therapy Program
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Louise D Acton Building
31 George Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

E-mail: l.kerr@queensu.ca
Website: www.rehab.queensu.ca


Program Overview

We are pleased to offer a graduate level educational program that prepares graduates to become occupational therapists who demonstrate evidence-based practice and innovative leadership. Our overall aim is to ensure that each graduate acquires the essential competencies necessary to become a practicing Occupational Therapist with an ability to provide leadership within a changing healthcare and practice environment. Our program offers a dynamic curriculum including courses and fieldwork that bridge theory and practice to meet and exceed professional practice standards. Our facilities include the Bracken Health Sciences Library and the Glaxo-Wellcome Clinical Education Centre which ensures that students have access to extensive resources, educational technology and state-of-the-art laboratories.


Students have the opportunity to work closely with your colleagues, faculty, fieldwork educators and the community at-large. Being a regional centre for the delivery of health services provides students with experience in a wide range of clinical settings both urban and rural. There is a possibility of completing community development and fieldwork placements in both national and international settings.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Direct service delivery
  • Researcher
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Advocate
  • Consultant
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

MSc.(OT) - 24 months

Course and practicum, followed by a national exam for licensing

Fields of study
  • Social & occupational participation (mental illness, occupational balance, children through to adults with disabilities, spirituality)
  • Integration of theory and practice (models of service delivery, culture sensitive education)
  • Health policy and promotion
  • Collaborative practice
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

MSc(OT) students are eligible for bursary assistance through student awards, including the OGS bursaries and the Queen’s General bursary.

Academic Prerequisites

All eligible candidates must hold a 4-year baccalaureate degree with minimum second-class standing from a recognized university.

Grades Required

We consider your cumulative converted GPA for all years of undergraduate university study. Our students typically have a GPA of 75% or higher.

Other Requirements

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Two Confidential Reference Forms (downloadable from ORPAS website)

There is no interview process.

Test Requirements

For students who have lived in an English speaking country for less than three years, you must have one of:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score 94 (iBT) with scores in the following ranges: reading – high (22-30); listening – high (22-30); speaking – good (26-30); writing – good (24-30).
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 8


Admission is restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) prior to the closing date for receipt of applications.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Note: applications for Occupational Therapy at Queen’s are made through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service which can be contacted at: www.ouac.on.ca/orpas.

Application Deadline: Early January (through ORPAS).

Notification of Acceptance: Mid May

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (OT) (322 KB)