School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Occupational Therapy

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

"What I enjoyed about the program at Queen’s is that they emphasized the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with your clients and working as a team with other healthcare professionals. Collaboration is a big keyword in our field and we learn this by working in teams of six people throughout the academic year. Collaboration amongst team members as well as clients is also very strongly emphasized not only by our program but also by our professional governing bodies."

Yoon Kwon, MSc(OT), 2014

Program Contact

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

Admissions & Student Support Coordinator
Phone:613-533-6000 ext 75448

Brianna Fisher, Program Assistant


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. The Queen’s OT Program puts a lot of emphasis on communication skills, collaboration and interprofessional education and practice. Students also get the chance to experience community development course work and fieldwork, in both local and international contexts. 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. Students will complete 4 fieldwork placements in a variety of settings over the course of the degree. Students may also have the chance to participate in conferences and workshops for professional development, such as the annual Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT) Conference, or the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Conference.


Career paths – employment opportunities

Students graduating from the OT Program will be prepared to work in a variety of fields. New graduates often find themselves employed at hospitals, both in acute care and out-patient settings, as well as rehabilitation centres, community based home care or school health programs, or in private contexts like the auto insurance sector.


Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

MSc.(OT) - 24 months

Coursework and fieldwork placements, 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. Our applicants come from a number of fields of study; most commonly students have kinesiology or psychology degrees, while others have general science or arts backgrounds.

Grades Required

We consider your cumulative converted GPA on a 4.0 scale for all years of undergraduate university study. Our students typically have a GPA of 80% 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:

Application Deadline: The ORPAS application site opens mid-October, the deadline is early January.

Notification of Acceptance: Mid May

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (OT) (687 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (OT) class of 2017 (800KB)

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website