ORPAS – McMaster University

Last updated: October 8, 2021

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2022 admission.

University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Since its formal establishment in 1973, the Faculty of Health Sciences has been committed to community‑oriented, self‑directed, interdisciplinary, small‑group, problem‑based learning – the concept known worldwide as the “McMaster Approach”.

John Evans, founding Dean, developed this concept, which evokes worldwide attention and is a hallmark of McMaster’s integrated Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Faculty is comprised of the following educational programs:

  • nursing,
  • medicine,
  • physician assistant,
  • midwifery,
  • occupational therapy,
  • physiotherapy and
  • speech-language pathology, among others.

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The School of Rehabilitation Science

Mission: The School of Rehabilitation Science aims to provide exemplary educational programs for students in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation science and health management. We will contribute to the advancement of health care in general, and rehabilitation science in particular, through excellence in collaborative research and service initiatives.

Vision: The School of Rehabilitation Science aims to provide outstanding leadership in rehabilitation science at the national and international levels, through continued expansion of innovation in education and research, as well as increased commitment to service partnerships with clients and rehabilitation providers.

The School of Rehabilitation Science offers numerous programs:

  • Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSc [OT])
  • Master of Science degree program in Physiotherapy (MSc [PT])
  • Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (MSc [SLP])
  • Master of Science and Doctorate in Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science (MSc [RS] and PhD [RS]); within the MSc (RS), there is a course‑based stream that is available online and on a part‑time basis
  • Dual degree option MSc (OT)/PhD or MSc (PT)/PhD in Rehabilitation Science
  • Master of Health Management (MHM) in collaboration with the DeGroote School of Business

Do not use ORPAS if you wish to apply to the research‑oriented rehabilitation science graduate programs (Thesis Master’s, Course‑based Master’s and PhD), dual degree (MSc [OT]/PhD or MSc [PT]/PhD) in Rehabilitation Science or the MHM Program.

Eligibility and submission requirements for these programs are available on the School of Rehabilitation Science website.

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MSc Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

We offer a 24‑month, full‑time, course‑based program in Occupational Therapy leading to an MSc (OT) degree.

Our goal is to prepare occupational therapists with the requisite knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to practice in the emerging realities of the health care system, including the broader societal communities.

You will explore the concepts of occupation and health, while incorporating the themes of family, society, culture and environment within the context of client‑centred practice.

We prepare you to be eligible to register to practice occupational therapy and our program meets professional accreditation and practice standards. The MSc (OT) curriculum utilizes a self‑directed, Problem‑Based Learning (PBL) philosophy.

You will complete course work, clinical placements and an independent project that explores the complexities of evidence‑based practice. These evidence‑based practice projects are evaluated through faculty assessment and presentation at a symposium widely attended by the academic and clinical communities. All courses are specific to this curriculum.

The minimum expectation is the completion of all course work across 2 extended study years, from September to July (Year 1) and from September to September (Year 2).

  • Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of contemporary Canadian occupational therapy practice.
  • Year 2 provides opportunities for developing more complex skills and preparing for entry to practice as conscientious, autonomous professionals.

Throughout the program, you gain experience across many client populations and in multiple settings.

The program is organized into 5 university‑based terms of study, with 4 clinical placement courses throughout the curriculum:

Term 1: Wellness, Health and Occupation
Term 2: Person, Environment and Occupation
Term 3: Disability, Development and Occupation
Term 4: Complexities of Practice I: Children, Youth & Adults
Term 5: Complexities of Practice II: Older Adults & Transition to Practice

Student performance is evaluated on a regular basis throughout the MSc (OT) Program using a variety of evaluation tools consistent with the principles of problem‑based and self‑directed learning.

Read more about the MSc (OT) curriculum.

Program Information

We provide rapid responses to applicant questions. Email us if you have any questions.

Professional Clinical Placements

Our program has rich community partnerships with sites and occupational therapists in the McMaster OT catchment area and in Northern Ontario through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Our program also has access to some sites outside of the McMaster catchment area that a placement can be requested from through an interuniversity system.

Placement access in all Canadian OT programs is based on a supply model: Occupational therapists and sites will determine when and if they are able to accept student occupational therapists.

The placements provided for each specific placement course form the resource pool or supply available. Filling the resource pool relies on placements in the McMaster in-catchment stream, out-of-catchment stream and Northern Ontario stream collectively. McMaster’s placement resource pool reflects the practice of OT in Canada.

The Director of Clinical Education of the MSc (OT) Program is responsible for arranging all clinical education placements. You may be required to complete some clinical education units in Northwestern Ontario or elsewhere outside of the McMaster catchment area.

McMaster’s OT in-catchment area consists of sites in many geographical areas, all of which may form the resource pool for each placement course. Therefore, you are also expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario, for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. You are responsible for your own transportation and associated costs to complete program requirements.

As the resource pool reflects the practice of OT in Canada, some placements may be located in rural, under-serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, external funding may be available.

Northern Studies Stream (NSS)

The NSS was established in 1991 to specifically address the shortage of OTs, PTs and SLPs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives. This is a joint initiative between McMaster University and NOSM. NOSM coordinates student placements across Northern Ontario for a multitude of health disciplines.

The goals of the current NSS are to increase:

  • student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to Northern and rural communities.
  • student awareness of health issues, culture and health practices relevant to Indigenous peoples living in Northern and rural Ontario.
  • student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a Northern and/or rural community.

With 30 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Each year, students in the McMaster OT Program can apply for clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

You are eligible to apply in your fourth year of undergraduate work or after graduating from a 4‑year baccalaureate degree (minimum of 120 units/credits), or equivalent, from a recognized university with a minimum second-class “B+” standing (77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) in the final 2 years (or 60 units of university study).

We will complete calculations based on the reverse chronological order of courses, as listed on the submitted official transcript(s).

Our OT Program utilizes the sub-GPA, as calculated by ORPAS, to determine top-ranked applicants invited to our Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs). Some exceptions may apply, such as applicants with graduate work, international applicants and applicants with an honours degree from a college. In these cases, the program manually calculates the sub-GPA. Evaluators are provided with anti-bias and diversity training prior to evaluating applicants.

Note: You may apply in the fourth year of your degree program but must provide proof that you have completed the degree requirements prior to June 30, 2022. We will consider academic achievement on graduate courses on a case-by-case basis.

Per the McMaster Graduate Calendar, admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Final admission decisions rest with the Graduate Admissions and Studies Committee for each Faculty. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.

English-language Requirements

You must be proficient in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is acceptable evidence:

  • You must achieve a score of 600 (written), 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) on the TOEFL test (Reading-22, Speaking-24, Listening-24, Writing‑22).
  • The TOEFL score must not be more than 2 years old at the time of the ORPAS application deadline.
  • The TOEFL code for McMaster is 0936. The department code for MSc (OT) is 44.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic) is also acceptable as evidence:

  • You must achieve a minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.
  • IELTS must send results directly to McMaster University.
  • Scores that are more than 2 years old are not valid.

MSc (OT) Admission Requirements

The actual cut‑off GPA for academic achievement resulting in an offer to come for an interview is based on the applicant pool.

Sub-GPA Cut-off for Interview
Year Sub-GPA Cut-off (/4.0)
2016 3.60
2017 3.72
2018 3.77
2019 3.76
2020 3.78
2021 3.84

Application Information

Transcripts

Official transcripts of all university and college degree work must be sent directly to ORPAS by the originating institution(s).

If you completed courses outside of Canada (including exchange program courses, intersession courses, summer courses, online courses, etc.), you must request a legend from the university that explains the grading scale.

Note: All non‑English documentation must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a certified translator.

Assessment of International Transcripts and Exchange Work for OT

If you have international transcripts (excluding US transcripts) you must submit to ORPAS:

  1. Original transcripts sent by originating institution(s).
  2. A notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

Whether you are a Canadian or non-Canadian applicant, you must have your international transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES) if:

  • You have not met the minimum course number criteria using your Canadian or US data.
  • You require inclusion of your international education data.

If a WES evaluation includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar’s office.

McMaster University Application Fees (for Both Domestic and International Applicants)

If you apply to only 1 program (either OT, PT or SLP), a $100 university fee is payable at the time you submit payment for your ORPAS application.

If you apply to any combination of more than 1 program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., OT and PT or SLP, or OT, PT and SLP), you will be charged an additional $100 university fee payable at the time you submit your ORPAS application.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) Status

If you have permanent resident (landed immigrant) status, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

  • Original transcripts sent by the originating institution(s)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)

Application Process: International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

Selection Method

We admit approximately 67 students (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) into the MSc (OT) Program annually.

Based on academic achievement, we will invite approximately 250 of the top-ranked applicants to participate in the MMIs. Faculty and community members assess personal qualities and experiences in the interview process.

Interviews will take place the week of March 21, 2022. We will use a combination of the sub-GPA (25%) and interview score (75%) to rank candidates.

Read more about the MMI on the MSc (OT) Program.

If you are invited for an interview:

  • We will notify you by email about the date, time and process.
  • You are responsible for your own travel expenses (if applicable).
  • We rank applicants based on sub‑GPA as calculated by ORPAS (contributing 25%) and interview scores (contributing 75%).

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) grants final approval of offers of admission. Once scheduled, no alternative dates or arrangements are available for the MMI process; it must be conducted on the dates listed.

If you apply to the McMaster MSc (OT) Program:

  • We will notify you of admission decisions by email. Consult ORPAS Important Dates for the offer of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods applicants are chosen by. Your application remains active if you comply with all instructions and meet the required deadlines.

The admission process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. We reserve the right to change the admission and registration requirements at any time without notice. We will make every effort to inform you of any changes in a timely manner.

Registration in our MSc (OT) Program implies that you accept the academic regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Rehabilitation Science, in addition to the program objectives and methods of evaluation.

Important: If you have not completed your degree or have course work in progress, all offers are considered conditional until final transcripts are submitted and reviewed for conditions. You must submit proof of completed in‑progress degrees and course work by June 30, 2022.

Deposit

If you accept an offer of admission to McMaster University, you must remit a non-refundable deposit paid online by credit card (domestic and international applicants: $500). The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your tuition after registration and entry into the program. The deposit is not refunded if you fail to register in the program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer

The MSc (OT) Program begins in the fall of Year 1 and continues for 2 full years. You must successfully complete all courses to advance from semester to semester and to complete the program.

Therefore, there is no provision for advanced standing or transfer into the program.

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)

We encourage all Indigenous applicants to self-identify when completing the ORPAS application and to complete an application with the Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) to benefit from the following Indigenous-specific criteria:

  • You require a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of “B+” (77% or 3.3/4.0) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study.
  • If you have graduated from a 3-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits), you must complete additional university work to be eligible to apply. For example:
    • An additional 30 units/credits (in addition to a 3-year degree) are required to total 120 units/credits.
    • Contained within the 120 units/credits, 18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above and
    • a minimum average of “B+” (77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0), calculated over the last 60 units of university course work.

If you wish to apply to the OT Program with the Indigenous-specific requirements, you must:

  1. Complete your ORPAS application and submit the required fees.
  2. Go to our FIAP web page, read and complete the supplemental Self-Identification Application and submit it to the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office by January 7, 2022.

We will automatically invite Indigenous applicants who meet this criteria for admission to participate in the MMIs.

We will review only endorsed FIAP applications under the Indigenous-specific criteria for admission to the OT Program.

Program Requirements

All students are required to comply with the program requirements (academic, non-academic and clinical) identified by the programs.

Example program requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (Police Record Check)
  • CPR Level C or Basic Life Support certification
  • N‑95 fit testing and training
  • Other health and safety requirements

You are responsible for ensuring your own training and program requirements are current. You are required to comply with the identified program requirements to maintain your place in the program. We will provide detailed information upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: We will consider offers as conditional until a “clear” VSC is submitted.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

We do not grant deferrals of admission.

Fraudulent Applications

If any application information is discovered to be false or misleading, or concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid and will be rejected immediately.

Students who are already admitted and registered must withdraw from the university and the case may be submitted to the McMaster University Office of Academic Integrity.

Accreditation

The MSc (OT) Program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Regulation of Practice

All occupational therapists in Canada must be registered with the appropriate provincial regulatory organization to practice in that province. Each regulatory body has a separate and distinct registration process; however, in most circumstances, a degree in occupational therapy and successfully completing the CAOT national certification examination are required.

In Ontario, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) can grant a provisional practicing certificate of registration to graduates from the MSc (OT) Program until they write and pass the CAOT examination, at which point a general practicing certificate is granted.

Contact Information

SRS Admissions Office – MSc Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

OT Telephone: 289-659-3787
OT Email: askOT@mcmaster.ca

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MSc Physiotherapy (PT) Program

We offer a 24-month, full-time, course-based Physiotherapy Program leading to an MSc (PT) degree.

Our goal is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional behaviours needed to practice as entry-level, evidence-based physiotherapy clinicians in a variety of Canadian health care and community settings.

The MSc (PT) Program meets Canadian professional practice standards, and was awarded the status of Accreditation – Fully Compliant for the period of April 30, 2015, to October 15, 2021, by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). To view the up-to-date accreditation status for the program after October 15, refer to the PEAC website. The MSc (PT) Program prepares graduates for eligibility to register to practice physiotherapy in Canada.

  • Our 15-year Physiotherapy National Exam pass rate is 94.1% (national average: 92.8%)
  • Our 15-year Physiotherapy Competency Exam pass rate is 96.6% (national average: 94.6%)

The program is comprised of university-based course work; clinical placements (clinical education courses) in a variety of practice settings, including role emerging settings; and completion of a research and evidence-based project. All courses are specific to the MSc (PT) curriculum, and all courses are required.

  • Year 1 introduces you to the foundations and fundamentals of: Evidence-based and professional practice; musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy practice; and optimizing physical function and mobility across the lifespan.
  • In Year 2, you develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes through a focus on multi-system dysfunction, emerging roles, professional competency roles and professional transition to independent practice. You can also complete physiotherapy-related elective courses.

The MSc (PT) Program integrates fundamentals, theory, skills and evidence across 5 units:

  • Unit 1: Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Unit 2: Essentials of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Unit 3: Optimizing Physical Function and Mobility Across the Lifespan: Multi-system Dysfunction
  • Unit 4: Optimizing Physical Function and Mobility Across the Lifespan: Multi-system Dysfunction and Emerging Roles
  • Unit 5: Transition to Independent Practice

All units are comprised of a problem-based course and a complementary clinical laboratory course in the thematic area of study, as well as courses and course content related to professional practice and research and evidence-based practice.

Student performance is evaluated on a regular basis throughout the MSc (PT) Program, using a variety of evaluation tools consistent with the principles of problem-based and self-directed learning (e.g., self and peer evaluations), problem-based tutorial examinations, written assignments and examinations, and Objective Structure Clinical Examinations.

Professional Practica/Clinical Placements

The Director of Clinical Education of the MSc (PT) Program is responsible for arranging all practica/clinical education placements. Your placement will be located within the designated McMaster catchment area; however, you may be required to complete some clinical education units in Northwestern Ontario as part of the NSS.

You are expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario, for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. You are responsible for your own transportation and associated costs to complete program requirements.

Some placements may be located in rural, under‑serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, external funding may be available.

Northern Studies Stream (NSS)

We established the NSS in 1991 specifically to address the shortage of OTs and PTs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives.

The goals of the current NSS are to increase:

  • student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to Northern and rural communities.
  • student awareness of health issues, culture and health practices relevant to Indigenous peoples living in Northern and rural Ontario.
  • student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a Northern and/or rural community.

With 30 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Each year, students in the McMaster PT Program can apply for clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

We offer an NSS information session early in the program (Unit 1). At this time, you will be asked to complete a preference form indicating your level of interest. If interest in the NSS is uncharacteristically low, you may be assigned by the program to a clinical placement (any unit) in the NSS.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

You are eligible to apply in your fourth year of undergraduate study or after graduating from a 4‑year baccalaureate degree (minimum of 120 units/credits), or equivalent, from an accredited university. The degree can be in any university discipline – none are favoured. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 on the ORPAS scale (“B+” or 77% or 9.0/12.0) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university course work.

ORPAS will calculate your sub-GPA based on reverse chronological order of courses as listed on the submitted official transcript(s). Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 60 units, ORPAS will use the average of the term. For more information on how your sub-GPA is calculated, read ORPAS GPA Calculations.

The MSc (PT) Program will calculate your sub-GPA if graduate work has been completed and/or if ORPAS is unable to calculate your sub-GPA, such as when international education has been completed or your degree was granted from a college institution.

Note: You may apply in the fourth year of your degree program but must provide proof that you have completed the degree requirements prior to June 30, 2022. We will consider academic achievement on graduate courses on a case‑by‑case basis.

Per the McMaster Graduate Calendar, admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Final admission decisions rest with the Graduate Admissions and Studies Committee for each Faculty. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.

English-language Requirements

You must be proficient in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is acceptable evidence:

  • You must achieve a score of 600 (written), 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) on the TOEFL test (Reading‑22, Speaking‑24, Listening‑24, Writing‑22).
  • The TOEFL score must not be more than 2 years old at the time of the ORPAS application deadline.
  • The TOEFL code for McMaster is 0936. The department code for MSc (PT) is 48.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic) is also acceptable as evidence:

  • You must achieve a minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.
  • IELTS must send results directly to McMaster University.
  • Scores that are more than 2 years old are not valid.

MSc (PT) Prerequisite Course Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, you must complete 4 prerequisite courses by December 31, 2021:

  • 1 half-credit (3 units) human anatomy course
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) human physiology course or 1 full credit (6 units) combined human anatomy and physiology course
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) statistics course or health research course (new for the 2022 cycle)
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) humanities or social science course
    • Only subject areas identified by McMaster University’s Faculties of Humanities or Social Sciences will be accepted.

You must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of 3.3/4.0 on the ORPAS scale (“B+” or 77% or 9.0/12.0) to be eligible. You may complete the courses anytime throughout your academic studies. If you submit prerequisite grades below the minimum, we will not accept them and would deem your application ineligible.

For more details regarding acceptable and pre-approved prerequisites courses, visit the McMaster MSc Physiotherapy Program’s admission website (under “Admission Requirements” then “Prerequisite Courses”).

ORPAS Prerequisite Module

All applicants to the MSc (PT) Program must complete the ORPAS Prerequisite Module.

You are required to record the courses you would like to be considered for each of the 4 prerequisites noted in MSc (PT) Prerequisite Course Requirements. Your application is deemed eligible only if the prerequisite module is completed.

Application Information

Transcripts

The originating institution(s) must send official transcripts of all university and college degree work directly to ORPAS.

If you completed courses outside of Canada (including exchange program courses, intersession courses, summer courses, online courses, etc.), you must request a legend from the university that explains the grading scale.

Note: All non‑English documentation must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a certified translator.

Assessment of International Transcripts and Exchange Work for PT

If you have international transcripts (excluding US transcripts) you must submit to ORPAS:

  1. Original transcripts sent by originating institution(s).
  2. A notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

Whether you are a Canadian or non-Canadian applicant, you must have your international transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES) if:

  • You have not met the minimum course number criteria using your Canadian or US data.
  • You require inclusion of your international education data.

If a WES evaluation includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar’s office.

McMaster University Application Fees (for Both Domestic and International Applicants)

If you apply to only 1 program (either PT, OT or SLP), a $100 CAD university fee is payable at the time you submit your ORPAS application payment.

If you apply to any combination of more than 1 program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., PT and OT or SLP, or PT, OT and SLP), you will be charged an additional $100 CAD university fee payable at the time you submit your ORPAS application.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) Status

If you have permanent resident (landed immigrant) status, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

  • Original transcripts sent by the originating institution(s)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)
  • ORPAS Online Prerequisite Module

Application Process: International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

Selection Method

We admit approximately 67 students (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) into the MSc (PT) Program annually.

We invite all applicants who have met the minimum academic requirements and 4 prerequisite courses to participate in an online interview (using the Kira Talent – Video Interview Platform). The online interview fee is $50 CAD (non-refundable), which you must pay before you can complete the interview.

  • Eligible applicants will receive an email from the MSc (PT) Program inviting them to complete their payment for the online interview (February 2022), including a link to pay the $50 non-refundable fee.
  • Once the online interview fee is received from eligible applicants, we will provide you with a link and notify you of the time frame that you must complete your online interview in. No alternative dates or arrangements are available for the online interview. It must be conducted within the time frame given.
  • To complete the interview, you will need a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection.

All eligible applicants who have completed the online interview and have met all academic requirements will be ranked based on their interview score (75%) and sub-GPA (25%), as calculated by ORPAS or the program, as well as the required prerequisite courses.

Read more about the MSc (PT) selection process.

Final approval of offers of admission is granted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

If you apply to the McMaster MSc (PT) Program:

  • You will be notified of the admission decision by email. Consult ORPAS Important Dates for the offers of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods by which applicants are chosen. You are required to comply with all instructions and meet the deadlines to qualify your application.

The admission process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The SRS reserves the right to change the admission and registration requirements at any time without notice. Every effort will be made to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.

Registration in McMaster University’s MSc (PT) Program implies that you accept the academic regulations of the SGS and the School of Rehabilitation Science, in addition to the program objectives and methods of evaluation.

Important: If you have not completed your degree or have course work in progress, all offers are considered conditional until final transcripts are submitted and reviewed for conditions. You must submit proof of completed or in‑progress degrees and course work by June 30, 2022.

Deposit

If you accept an offer of admission to McMaster University, you must remit a non‑refundable deposit paid online by credit card (domestic and international applicants: $500 CAD). The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your tuition after registration and entry into the program. The deposit is not refunded if you fail to register in the program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer

The MSc (PT) Program begins in the fall of year 1 and continues for 2 full years (24 months). You must successfully complete all courses to advance from semester to semester and to complete the program. Therefore, there is no provision for advanced standing or transfer into the program.

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) Applicants

We encourage all Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants to self-identify when completing their ORPAS application and to complete an application with the Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) to benefit from the following Indigenous-specific criteria:

  • We will give Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) applicants who meet admission requirements priority.
  • We will invite Indigenous applicants to complete the online interview who have a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) with a minimum sub-GPA of 3.3/4.0 (“B+” or 77% or 9.0/12.0), calculated using the last 60 units/credits of university course work, the required prerequisites and who have completed the Self-Identification Application.

In accordance with the Self-Identification Policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply must complete the supplementary Self-Identification Application.

Read more about the FIAP Self-Identification policy, application requirements and online application.

All Faculty of Health Sciences programs use the Self-Identification Application and you need to complete it only once, even if you have applied to multiple programs.

If you wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process, you must submit the Self-Identification Application to the Indigenous Student Health Sciences Office by January 7, 2022.

We will review only endorsed FIAP applications under the Indigenous-specific criteria for admission to the PT Program.

Program Requirements

All students are required to comply with the program requirements (academic, non-academic and clinical) identified by the programs.

Example program requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (Police Record Check)
  • CPR Level C or Basic Life Support certification
  • N‑95 fit testing and training
  • Other health and safety requirements

You are responsible for ensuring your own training and program requirements are current. You are required to comply with the identified program requirements to maintain your place in the program. We provide further detailed information upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: Offers will be considered conditional until a “clear” VSC is submitted.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

We do not grant deferrals of admission.

Fraudulent Applications

If any application information is discovered to be false or misleading, or concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid and will be rejected immediately.

Students who are already admitted and registered must withdraw from the university, and the case may be submitted to the McMaster University Office of Academic Integrity.

Accreditation

The MSc (PT) Program is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and was awarded the status of Accreditation – Fully Compliant for the period of April 30, 2015, to October 15, 2021 by PEAC. To view the up-to-date accreditation status for the program after October 15, refer to the PEAC website.

Regulation of Practice

All physiotherapists in Canada must be registered with the appropriate provincial regulatory body to practice in that province. Each regulatory body has a separate and distinct registration process, however, in all circumstances, a degree in physiotherapy is required.

In Ontario, successful completion of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) is also required.

Contact Information

MSc Physiotherapy Program
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

PT Telephone: 905-525-9140, ext. 27859
PT Email: askPT@mcmaster.ca

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MSc Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program

We offer a 23‑month, full‑time, course‑based program in SLP leading to a MSc (SLP) degree.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are autonomous rehabilitation health professionals with specialized knowledge, skills and clinical training in the prevention, screening, identification, assessment and management of congenital and acquired communication and swallowing disorders.

Anchored within the innovative and renowned School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, this SLP Program will add to the inter-professional mix of health care disciplines within the Faculty of Health Sciences. With its problem-based learning curriculum, grounded in self-directed and small-group learning, our SLP Program offers a unique learning and training opportunity within Canada for students interested in a career in SLP.

The goal of this program is to prepare SLPs with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed to practice in a variety of Canadian health care and community settings. The MSc (SLP) Program will prepare you to be eligible to register to practice speech-language pathology and will meet professional accreditation and practice standards.

The minimum expectation is the completion of all course work across 2 extended study years, from September to July (in Year 1 and Year 2).

  • Year 1 focuses on the fundamentals of SLP to build foundational knowledge relevant to the field of SLP and introduces you to communication across the lifespan.
  • Year 2 provides opportunities for you to develop more advanced skills and prepares you for the complex contexts of professional practice.

Throughout the program, you gain experience across many client populations and in multiple settings.

The program is organized into the following 5 university‑based units of study, with 5 practica courses throughout the curriculum:

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Practice I: Principles, Knowledge, and Skills for Clinical Practice
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Practice II: Roles and Practice Settings Across the Lifespan
  • Unit 3: Clinical Practice with Children, Youth, & Young Adults
  • Unit 4: Clinical Practice with Adults and Older Adults
  • Unit 5: Complex Practice and Professional Transition

The curriculum is delivered through a combination of problem-based tutorials, clinical skills sessions, large group seminars, e-learning modules, interprofessional education and collaboration activities and experiential learning (clinical education).

Student performance is evaluated on a regular basis throughout the MSc (SLP) Program using self and peer evaluations, problem‑based tutorial evaluations, oral and written assignments and examinations, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.

Read more about the MSc (SLP) curriculum.

Program Information Sessions/Webinars

We will hold an applicant information session in the fall. Check the MSc (SLP) admission website for specific details.

Professional Practica/Clinical Placements

The Director of Clinical Education of the MSc (SLP) Program is responsible for arranging all practica/clinical education placements. You may be required to complete some practica/clinical education units in Northwestern Ontario or elsewhere outside of the McMaster catchment area.

You are also expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario, for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. You are responsible for your own transportation and associated costs to complete program requirements.

Some placements may be located in rural, under‑serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, external funding may be available.

Northern Studies Stream (NSS)

We established the NSS in 1991 specifically to address the shortage of OTs and PTs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives.

The goals of the current NSS are to increase:

  • student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to Northern and rural communities.
  • student awareness of health issues, culture and health practices relevant to Indigenous peoples living in Northern and rural Ontario.
  • student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a Northern and/or rural community.

With 30 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Each year, students in the McMaster SLP Program can apply for clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

You are eligible to apply in your fourth year of undergraduate work or after graduating from a 4‑year baccalaureate degree (minimum of 120 units/credits), or equivalent, from a recognized university with a minimum second‑class “B+” standing (77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) in the final 2 years (or 60 units of university course work).

We will complete calculations based on the reverse chronological order of courses as listed on the submitted official transcript(s). Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 60 units, we will use the average of the term.

To ensure a fair and equitable admission process, our SLP Program utilizes the sub-GPA, as calculated by ORPAS, to determine top-ranked applicants invited to our Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs). To ensure a fair and equitable interview process, all assessors are provided with anti-bias and diversity training prior to evaluating students.

Note: You may apply in the fourth year of your degree program but must provide proof that you have completed the degree requirements and all prerequisite courses prior to June 30, 2022. We will consider academic achievement on graduate courses on a case‑by‑case basis.

Per the McMaster Graduate Calendar, admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Final admission decisions rest with the Graduate Admissions and Studies Committee for each Faculty. The admission decision is not subject to appeal.

English-language Requirements

You must be proficient in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. The only exception to this requirement is for those who have completed an entire university degree in Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the only acceptable evidence:

  • You must achieve a score of 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL test (Reading‑24, Speaking‑26, Listening‑24, Writing‑26).
  • The TOEFL score must not be more than 2 years old at the time of the ORPAS application deadline.
  • The TOEFL code for McMaster is 0936. The department code for MSc (SLP) is 55.

MSc (SLP) Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements, you must identify, on the ORPAS Online Prerequisite Module, the courses that fulfill the following prerequisites (if the prerequisite course is incomplete, indicate “IPR”):

  • A full or half credit in 1 linguistics course at any level, with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • A full or half credit in 1 relevant psychology course at the second-year level or above, with a grade of “B” or higher. Acceptable courses include: Childhood Development, Developmental Psychology, Aging and Perception, Cognition, or equivalent.
  • A full or half credit in 1 human anatomy or human physiology course at any level, with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • A full or half credit in 1 research methods or statistics course at any level, with a grade of “B” or higher.

You must be enrolled in the specified MSc (SLP) prerequisite courses by the application deadline (i.e., the course must be listed on an official transcript).

ORPAS Prerequisite Module

All applicants to the MSc (SLP) Program must complete the ORPAS Prerequisite Module.

You are required to record the prerequisite courses for the MSc (SLP):

  • 1 human anatomy or human physiology course,
  • 1 psychology course,
  • 1 linguistics course and
  • 1 research methods or statistics course.

Details about prerequisite requirements for the MSc (SLP) Program are available on the MSc (SLP) Program website.

Note: The application is incomplete without the completed prerequisite module.

Application Information

Transcripts

The originating institution(s) must send official transcripts of all university and college degree work directly to ORPAS.

If you completed courses outside of Canada (including exchange program courses, intersession courses, summer courses, online courses, etc.), you must request a legend from the university that explains the grading scale.

Note: All non‑English documentation must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a certified translator.

Assessment of International Transcripts and Exchange Work for SLP

If you have international transcripts (excluding US transcripts) you must submit to ORPAS:

  1. Original transcripts sent by originating institution(s).
  2. A notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

Whether you are a Canadian or non-Canadian applicant, you must have your international transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES) if:

  • You have not met the minimum course number criteria using your Canadian or US data.
  • You require inclusion of your international education data.

If a WES evaluation includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar’s office.

McMaster University Application Fees (for Both Domestic and International Applicants)

If you apply to only 1 program (either SLP, OT or PT), a $100 university fee is payable at the time you submit your ORPAS application payment.

If you apply to any combination of more than 1 program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., SLP and OT or PT, or SLP, OT and PT), you will be charged an additional $100 university fee payable at the time you submit your ORPAS application.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) Status

If you have permanent resident (landed immigrant) status, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

  • Original transcripts sent by the originating institution(s)
  • TOEFL (if applicable)
  • ORPAS Online Prerequisite Module

Application Process: International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, you must submit the required documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

Selection Method

We admit approximately 32 students (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) into the MSc (SLP) Program.

Based on academic achievement, we will invite approximately 125 applicants to the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) weekend. Faculty and community members assess personal qualities and experiences in the interview process.

We will conduct MMIs in March 2022, in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit the MSc (SLP) Program website for further details.

If you are invited for an interview:

  • We will notify you by email about the date, time and process.
  • You are responsible for your own expenses.
  • We rank applicants based on sub‑GPA as calculated by ORPAS and interview scores.

Final approval of offers of admission is granted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

If you apply to the McMaster MSc (SLP) Program:

  • We will notify you of the admission decisions by email. Consult ORPAS Important Dates for the offers of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods by which applicants are chosen. You are required to comply with the instructions and meet the deadlines to qualify your application.

The admission process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. We reserve the right to change the admission and registration requirements at any time without notice. We will make every effort to inform prospective applicants of any changes in a timely manner.

Registration in McMaster’s MSc (SLP) Program implies that you accept the academic regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Rehabilitation Science, in addition to the program objectives and methods of evaluation.

Important: If you have not completed your degree or have course work in progress, you must submit proof of completed in‑progress degrees and course work by June 30, 2022.

Deposit

If you accept an offer of admission to McMaster University, you must remit a non‑refundable deposit paid online by credit card (domestic and international applicants: $500). We will deduct the amount from your tuition after registration and entry into the program. We will not refund the deposit if you fail to register in the program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer

The MSc (SLP) Program begins in the fall of Year 1 and continues for 2 full years. You must successfully complete all courses to advance from semester to semester and to complete the program.

Therefore, there is no provision for advanced standing or transfer into the programs.

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) Applicants

We encourage all Indigenous applicants to self-identify when completing their ORPAS application and to complete an application with the Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) to benefit from the following Indigenous-specific criteria:

  • a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) with a minimum average of “B+” (3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0), calculated over the last 60 units of university course work. You may apply in the fourth year of your degree.
  • 1 linguistics course at any level with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • 1 relevant course in psychology at a second-year level or higher (e.g., child development, developmental psychology, aging and perception, cognition) with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • 1 human anatomy or human physiology course at any level with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • 1 research methods or statistics course at any level with a grade of “B” or higher.

If you wish to apply to the SLP Program with the Indigenous-specific requirements, you must:

  1. Complete your ORPAS application and submit the required fees.
  2. Go to McMaster University’s FIAP web page, read and complete the supplemental Self-Identification Application, and submit it to the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office by January 7, 2022.

We will automatically invite Indigenous applicants who meet the criteria for admission to the MMI.

We will review only endorsed FIAP applications under the Indigenous specific criteria for admission to the SLP Program.

Program Requirements

All students are required to comply with the program requirements (academic, non-academic and clinical) identified by the programs.

Example program requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (Police Record Check)
  • N‑95 fit testing and training
  • Other health and safety requirements

You are responsible for ensuring your own training and program requirements are current. You are required to comply with the identified program requirements to maintain your place in the program. We will provide detailed information upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: We will consider offers conditional until you submit a “clear” VSC.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

We do not grant admission deferrals.

Fraudulent Applications

If any application information is discovered to be false or misleading, or concealed or withheld, the application will be deemed invalid and will be rejected immediately.

Students who are already admitted and registered must withdraw from the university and the case may be submitted to the McMaster University Office of Academic Integrity.

Accreditation

In accordance with guidelines from the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP-ASLP), the program will complete a 2-stage process for accreditation. The first phase, completed in the first 2 years of operation, is the application for Candidate Status. The second phase, completed after 3 years with Candidate Status, is full Accreditation. On April 16, 2019, the program’s application for Candidate Status was granted. Students graduating from a candidate program are entitled to register to practice in Ontario.

Regulation of Practice

All SLPs in Canada must be registered with the appropriate provincial regulatory body to practice in that province. Each regulatory body has a separate and distinct registration process; however, in all circumstances, a degree in SLP is required.

In Ontario, successful completion of the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Examination (SAC) is also required.

Contact Information

SRS Admissions Office – MSc (SLP) Program
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

SLP Telephone: 289-237-6518
SLP Email: askSLP@mcmaster.ca

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