ORPAS – McMaster University

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Last updated: October 19, 2017

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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”.

This concept, developed by founding Dean, John Evans, has evoked worldwide attention and is a hallmark of McMaster’s integrated Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Faculty is comprised of the following:

  • educational programs in nursing,
  • medicine,
  • physician assistant,
  • midwifery, and
  • 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. The School 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 the following 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 Masters, Course‑based Masters and PhD), dual degree (MSc (OT)/PhD or MSc (PT)/PhD) in Rehabilitation Science or the Master of Health Management Program.

Eligibility and submission requirements for these programs are available on the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS) website.
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MSc Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

The School of Rehabilitation Science offers a 24‑month full‑time, course‑based program in Occupational Therapy leading to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSc [OT]) degree.

The program’s 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.

The concepts of occupation and health will be explored, incorporating the themes of family, society, culture and environment within the context of client‑centred practice.

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

You will complete course work, practica 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 the following 5 university‑based terms of study, with 4 practica 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.

Find more information about the MSc (OT) curriculum.

Program Information Sessions/Webinars

The MSc (OT) Program will hold an applicant information session and/or webinar in the fall. Please check the MSc (OT) admission website for specific details.

Visit the website in early October for webinar details (dates, times, locations and directions/links to access the webinars).

Professional Practica/Clinical Placements

The Director of Clinical Education of the MSc (OT) 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.

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Northern Studies Stream (NSS)

The Northern Studies Stream (NSS) was established in 1991 to specifically address the shortage of OTs and PTs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives.

With 25 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Many students in the OT Program will have the opportunity to participate in clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

The goals of the current NSS are threefold:

  1. To increase student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to northern and rural communities;
  2. To increase student awareness of Indigenous health issues, culture and health practices relevant to the First Nations people living in northern and rural Ontario; and
  3. To increase student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a northern and/or rural community.

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 standing (“B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) in the final 2 years (or 60 units of university academic study).

Calculations will be completed based on reverse chronological order of courses as listed on the submitted official transcript(s). Non‑convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) will only be included as a “0” if a fail is recorded. Practicum courses will not be included in the calculation. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 60 units, the average of the term will be used.

To ensure a fair and equitable admissions process, the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program will utilize the sub-GPA as calculated by ORPAS to determine top-ranked applicants invited to the Multiple Mini Interview weekend.

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 of the enrollment year. Academic achievement on graduate courses will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.

As 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, USA, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

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

  • A score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) must be achieved 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.

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. The cut‑off was 3.59/4.00 in 2014, 3.64/4.00 in 2015 and 3.6/4.00 in 2016 and 3.72/4 in 2017.

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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

If you have international transcripts, excluding the US, you must submit the following to ORPAS:

  1. original transcripts sent by originating institution(s);
  2. notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date; and
  3. notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted with the international transcripts.

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

If you apply to only 1 program (either Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech-Language Pathology), a $90 university fee is payable at the time of ORPAS online application payment submission.

If you apply to any combination of more than 1 program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., OT and PT or SLP) at McMaster University, you must:

  • Send an additional $90 money order/certified cheque (personal cheques are not accepted) to the Program.
    • Important: Failure to submit the required additional $90 supplementary fee for application to multiple programs will be deemed as an incomplete application and therefore ineligible for admission review and consideration.
  • Make money orders/certified cheques payable to “McMaster University”.
  • Indicate your full name and ORPAS reference number in the memo field.
    Note: Your ORPAS number begins with “2018”.
  • Mail the money order/certified cheque to:
    SRS Admissions Office
    School of Rehabilitation Science
    McMaster University
    Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
    1400 Main Street West
    Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

Note: All money orders/certified cheques must be received to the SRS Admissions Office by January 12, 2018. Your application will be considered incomplete if additional payment is not received by this date.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident Status

If you have “permanent resident” status, you must submit the following documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

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

Application Process: International Applicants

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

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Selection Method

Approximately 67 students are admitted (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) into the MSc (OT) program annually.

Based on academic achievement, approximately 300 top-ranked applicants will be invited to the Multiple Mini Interview weekend. Personal qualities and experiences are assessed by faculty and community members in the interview process.

The Multiple Mini Interview weekend for the MSc (OT) program will be conducted from April 13-14, 2018, in Hamilton, Ontario. See the MSc (OT) program website for further detail.

If you are invited for an interview:

  • You will be notified by email about the date, time and process.
  • You are responsible for your own travel expenses.
  • Applicants are ranked based on sub‑GPA as calculated by ORPAS (contributing 25%) and interview scores (contributing 75%).

Final approval of offers of admission is granted by the School of Graduate Studies. No alternative dates or arrangements (e.g., Skype) are available for the Multiple Mini Interview process and must be conducted in person on the dates listed.

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

  • You will be notified of the admission decisions by email. Consult the ORPAS website for an announcement about the offers of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods by which applicants are chosen. Failure to comply with the instructions or to meet the deadlines will result in the disqualification of your application.

The admissions process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science 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’s 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. Proof of completed in‑progress degrees and course work must be submitted by June 30 of the enrollment year.

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) programs begin in the fall of year 1 and continue 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.

Applicants of Indigenous Ancestry

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University has a policy to facilitate the admission of students with Indigenous ancestry, as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act that recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. These applications must be supplemented by documentation (a photocopy of 1 of the following):

  • Certificate of Indian Status, Tribal enrollment card, Métis membership/citizenship card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal corporation number or Inuit registry number; or
  • A letter from an official representative of your First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council, Inuit land/territory organization, Métis settlement or community organization, or another recognized Indigenous organization.

This documentation must be sent via fax, email or mail c/o OT Program Coordinator, to the School of Rehabilitation Science SRS Admissions Committee by January 31, 2018.

If you have a minimum GPA of “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 and meet the Indigenous ancestry criteria, you will be invited for a MMI interview.

Applicants are ranked with all other applicants using the weighted average of the MMI score and GPA.

***Pending University approval, Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Policy (coming 2018-2019)***

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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 the following:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening – (VSS) (Police Check)
  • CPR Level C 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. Failure to comply with the identified program requirements may jeopardize your place in the program. Detailed information is provided upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: Offers will be considered conditional until a “Clear” Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is submitted.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

Deferrals of admission are not granted.

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 is required.

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

Contact Information

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

OT telephone: 905‑525‑9140, ext. 27829
Fax: 905‑524‑0069

OT email: askOT@mcmaster.ca

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MSc Physiotherapy (PT) Program

***Pending University approval, curriculum changes coming for 2018! Check our website for updates.***

The School of Rehabilitation Science offers a 24-month, full-time, course-based Physiotherapy Program leading to a Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MSc [PT]) degree.

The goal of the MSc (PT) Program 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 April 30, 2021, by the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (see the definition of Accreditation – Fully Compliant); and, prepares the graduate 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 MSc (PT) 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 the student 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, the student develops advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes through a focus on multi-system dysfunction, emerging roles, professional competency roles, and professional transition to independent practice. The student has the opportunity to complete physiotherapy-related elective courses in Year 2 of the Program.

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

  • Unit 1: Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Unit II: Essentials of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Unit III: Optimizing Physical Function and Mobility Across the Lifespan: Multi-system Dysfunction
  • Unit IV: Optimizing Physical Function and Mobility Across the Lifespan: Multi-system Dysfunction and Emerging Roles
  • Unit V: 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; as well as, written assignments and examinations, as well as 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. 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)

The Northern Studies Stream (NSS) was established in 1991 to specifically address the shortage of OTs and PTs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives.

With 25 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Many students in the PT Program will have the opportunity to participate in clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

The goals of the current NSS are threefold:

  1. To increase student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to northern and rural communities;
  2. To increase student awareness of Indigenous health issues, culture and health practices relevant to the First Nations people living in northern and rural Ontario; and
  3. To increase student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a northern and/or rural community.

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 standing (“B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) in the final 2 years (or 60 units of University academic study).

Calculations will be completed based on reverse chronological order of courses as listed on the submitted official transcript(s). Non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) will only be included as a “0” if a fail is recorded. Practicum courses will not be included in the calculation. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 60 units, the average of the term will be used.

The MSc Physiotherapy Program will invite applicants who have a “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 GPA to participate in an online interview (KIRA Talent – Video Interview Platform).

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 of the enrollment year. Academic achievement on graduate courses will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.

As 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, USA, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

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

  • A score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) must be achieved 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.

MSc (PT) Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study. The degree can be in any university discipline, none are favoured.

In addition to the admission requirements, you must identify, on the ORPAS Online Prerequisite Module (MSc [PT] applicants only), the courses that fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) human anatomy course
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) human physiology course or 1 full credit (6 units) human anatomy and physiology course
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) statistics course
  • One 1/2 credit (3 units) humanities course

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 to be eligible and can occur anytime throughout your academic studies.

For more details regarding prerequisites, visit the McMaster MSc Physiotherapy Program’s admission website.

ORPAS Prerequisite Module

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

You are required to record the prerequisite courses for MSc (PT): one 1/2 credit human anatomy course; one 1/2 credit human anatomy or 1 full credit human anatomy and physiology course; one 1/2 credit statistics course; and, one 1/2 credit humanities course.

If the course is incomplete, at the time of application, you indicate IPR.

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

The application is incomplete without the completed prerequisite module.

Note: Successful applicants will be given a conditional offer of acceptance until they submit an official transcript stating that the prerequisite has been completed with a “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 grade.

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

If you have international transcripts, excluding the US, you must submit the following to ORPAS:

  1. original transcripts sent by originating institution(s);
  2. notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date; and,
  3. notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted with the international transcripts.

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

If you apply to only 1 program (either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech-Language Pathology), a $90 university fee is payable at the time of ORPAS online application payment submission.

If you apply to any combination of more than one program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., PT and OT or SLP) at McMaster University, you must:

  • Send an additional $90 money order/certified cheque (personal cheques are not accepted) to the Program.
    • Important: Failure to submit the required additional $90 supplementary fee for application to multiple programs will be deemed as an incomplete application and therefore ineligible for admission review and consideration.
  • Make money orders/certified cheques payable to “McMaster University”.
  • Indicate your full name and ORPAS reference number in the memo field.
    Note: Your ORPAS number begins with “2018”.
  • Mail the money order/certified cheque to:
    SRS Admissions Office
    School of Rehabilitation Science
    McMaster University
    Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
    1400 Main Street West
    Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

Note: All money orders/certified cheques must be received to the SRS Admissions Office by January 12, 2018. Your application will be considered incomplete if additional payment is not received by this date.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident Status

If you have “permanent resident” status, you must submit the following 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 following documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

Selection Method

Approximately 67 students (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) are admitted into MSc (PT) program annually.

New: All applicants who have a “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 GPA and the required prerequisites, will be invited to participate in an online interview (KIRA Talent – Video Interview Platform). The online interview fee is $40 CDN (non-refundable) and must be paid before the online interview can be completed.

  • Eligible applicants will receive an email from the MSc (PT) Program inviting applicants to complete their payment for the online interview (February 2018). A link to pay the $40 CDN non-refundable fee will be included in this email.
  • Once the online interview fee has been received, applicants will be provided dates that they must complete their online interview (March 2018).
  • Check your Junk Mail folder regularly
  • Applicants require a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection.
  • More information regarding the online interview.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on interview score (75%) and then sub-GPA, as calculated by ORPAS (25%) or Program.

Final approval of offers of admission is granted by the School of Graduate Studies. No alternative dates or arrangements are available for the online interview (KIRA Talent – Video Interview Platform) process and must be conducted within the timeframe given.

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

  • You will be notified of the admission decisions by email. Consult the ORPAS website for an announcement about the offers of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods by which applicants are chosen. Failure to comply with the instructions or to meet the deadlines will result in the disqualification of your application.

The admissions process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science 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’s MSc (PT) 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. Proof of completed in‑progress degrees and course work must be submitted by June 30 of the enrollment year.

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 (PT) program begin in the fall of year 1 and continue 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.

Applicants of Indigenous Ancestry

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University has a policy to facilitate the admission of students with Indigenous ancestry, as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act that recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. These applications must be supplemented by documentation (a photocopy of 1 of the following):

  • Certificate of Indian Status, Tribal enrollment card, Métis membership/citizenship card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal corporation number or Inuit registry number; or
  • A letter from an official representative of your First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council, Inuit land/territory organization, Métis settlement or community organization, or another recognized Indigenous organization.

Each year, up to six (6) Year 1 positions will be designated for indigenous applicants (First Nations, Inuit or Métis).

This documentation must be sent via fax, email or mail c/o PT Program Coordinator to the School of Rehabilitation Science SRS Admissions Committee by January 31, 2018, or submitted in your ORPAS application within the “Personal Submission” section in the application.

Applicants who have a minimum “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 GPA and eligible prerequisites will be invited to complete the KIRA Talent (Video Interview Platform) assessment.

Information regarding the “Selection Process” is available on the MSc (PT) website. Indigenous applicants are ranked with all other applicants using the weighted average of the online interview and GPA.

***Pending University approval, Facilitated Indigenous Admission Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Policy coming for 2018-2019***

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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 the following:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) (Police Check)
  • CPR Level C 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. Failure to comply with the identified program requirements may jeopardize your place in the program. Detailed information is provided upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: Offers will be considered conditional until a “clear” Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is submitted.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

Deferrals of admission are not granted.

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 April 30, 2021, by the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada.

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

SRS Admissions Office
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
Fax: 905‑524‑0069

PT email: askPT@mcmaster.ca

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MSc Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program

The School of Rehabilitation Science is pleased to offer a new 23‑month full‑time course‑based program in Speech-Language Pathology leading to a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (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 reknown 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, McMaster’s SLP program offers a unique learning and training opportunity within Canada for students interested in a career in Speech-Language Pathology.

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 (year 1) and from September to September (year 2).

  • Year 1 focuses on the fundamentals of Speech-Language Pathology to build foundational knowledge relevant to the field of SLP and introduce students to communication across the lifespan.
  • Year 2 provides opportunities for students to develop more advanced skills and will prepare you for the complex contexts of professional practice.

Throughout the program, students 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, inter-professional 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, as well as Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.

Find more information about the MSc (SLP) curriculum.

Program Information Sessions/Webinars

The MSc (SLP) Program will hold an applicant information session and/or webinar in the fall. Please check the MSc (SLP) admission website for specific details.

Visit the website in early October for webinar details (dates, times, locations and directions/links to access the webinars).

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)

The Northern Studies Stream (NSS) was established in 1991 to specifically address the shortage of OTs and PTs in Northwestern Ontario through various recruitment and retention initiatives.

With 25 years of documented success, the current NSS is focused on providing clinical education opportunities for students across Northern Ontario. Many students in the SLP Program will have the opportunity to participate in clinical education placements in Northern Ontario.

The goals of the current NSS are threefold:

  1. To increase student awareness and knowledge of the health determinants that are unique to northern and rural communities;
  2. To increase student awareness of Indigenous health issues, culture and health practices relevant to the First Nations people living in northern and rural Ontario; and
  3. To increase student skills in addressing professional practice issues while engaging in clinical education and living in a northern and/or rural community.

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 standing (“B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) in the final 2 years (or 60 units of university academic study).

Calculations will be completed based on reverse chronological order of courses as listed on the submitted official transcript(s). Non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) will only be included as a “0” if a fail is recorded. Practicum courses will not be included in the calculation. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 60 units, the average of the term will be used.

To ensure a fair and equitable admissions process, the McMaster Speech Language Pathology programs utilize the sub-GPA as calculated by ORPAS to determine top-ranked applicants invited to the Multiple Mini Interview weekend.

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 of the enrollment year. Academic achievement on graduate courses will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.

As 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, USA, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

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

  • A score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer) or 92 (iBT) must be achieved 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 (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 as 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 biological science course at any level, with a grade of “B” or higher. A biological or life science course is considered any of the following: anatomy, biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, earth science, histology, physiology, ecology, chemistry, physics, health physics, pharmacology, biotechnology, radiation sciences, kinesiology or neuroscience.
  • 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).

For more details about prerequisites, visit the SLP Admissions website.

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 MSc (SLP): 1 biological science course, 1 Psychology course, 1 linguistics course, and 1 research methods or statistics course). Details about prerequisite requirements for the MSc (SLP) program are included with the program description.

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

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

If you have international transcripts, excluding the US, you must submit the following to ORPAS:

  1. original transcripts sent by originating institution(s);
  2. notarized English copies of all degree course work completed to date; and,
  3. notarized English copy of the appropriate diploma or degree awarded.

If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale should also be submitted with the international transcripts.

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

If you apply to only 1 program (either Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy), a $90 university fee is payable at the time of ORPAS online application payment submission.

If you apply to any combination of more than one program at the School of Rehabilitation Science (i.e., SLP, OT or PT) at McMaster University, you must:

  • Send an additional $90 money order/certified cheque (personal cheques are not accepted) to the Program.
    • Important: Failure to submit the required additional $90 supplementary fee for application to multiple programs will be deemed as an incomplete application and therefore ineligible for admission review and consideration.
  • Make money orders/certified cheques payable to “McMaster University”.
  • Indicate your full name and ORPAS reference number in the memo field.
    Note: Your ORPAS number begins with “2018”.
  • Mail the money order/certified cheque to:
    SRS Admissions Office
    School of Rehabilitation Science
    McMaster University
    Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 403
    1400 Main Street West
    Hamilton ON  L8S 1C7

Note: All money orders/certified cheques must be received to the SRS Admissions Office by January 12, 2018. Your application will be considered incomplete if additional payment is not received by this date.

Application Process: Canadian Permanent Resident Status

If you have “permanent resident” status, you must submit the following 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 following documentation to ORPAS to ensure your application is complete:

Selection Method

Approximately 32 students are admitted (including up to 6 international students between OT/PT/SLP programs) into the MSc (SLP) program.

Based on academic achievement, approximately 125 applicants will be invited to the Multiple Mini Interview weekend. Personal qualities and experiences are assessed by faculty and community members in the interview process.

Multiple Mini Interviews will be conducted on March 10, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario. See the MSc (SLP) website for for further details.

If you are invited for an interview:

  • You will be notified in the last week of February about the date, time and process.
  • You are responsible for your own travel expenses.
  • Applicants are ranked 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. No alternative dates or arrangements (e.g., Skype) are available for the Multiple Mini Interview process and must be conducted in person on the dates listed.

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

  • You will be notified of the admission decisions by email. Consult the ORPAS website for an announcement about the offers of admission date.
  • You accept the procedures and methods by which applicants are chosen. Failure to comply with the instructions or to meet the deadlines will result in the disqualification of your application.

The admissions process undergoes annual review and is subject to change. The School of Rehabilitation Science 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’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, all offers are considered conditional until final transcripts are submitted and reviewed for conditions. Proof of completed in‑progress degrees and course work must be submitted by June 30 of the enrollment year.

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 (SLP) program begin in the fall of year 1 and continue 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.

Applicants of Indigenous Ancestry

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University has a policy to facilitate the admission of students with Indigenous ancestry, as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act that recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. These applications must be supplemented by documentation (a photocopy of 1 of the following):

  • Certificate of Indian Status, Tribal enrollment card, Métis membership/citizenship card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal corporation number or Inuit registry number; or
  • A letter from an official representative of your First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council, Inuit land/territory organization, Métis settlement or community organization, or another recognized Indigenous organization.

This documentation must be sent via fax, email or mail c/o SLP Program Coordinator to the School of Rehabilitation Science SRS Admissions Committee by January 31, 2018.

If you have a minimum GPA of “B+” or 77% or 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 and meet the Indigenous ancestry criteria, you will be invited for a MMI interview. Applicants must also meet the prerequisite courses.

Applicants are ranked with all other applicants using the weighted average of the MMI score and GPA.

***Pending University approval, Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Policy (coming 2018-2019)***

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 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 the following:

  • Health screening
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening – (VSS) (Police 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. Failure to comply with the identified program requirements may jeopardize your place in the program. Detailed information is provided upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Note: Offers will be considered conditional until a “clear” Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is submitted.

Deferral of Accepted Offers

Deferrals of admission are not granted.

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

As a new program offered within McMaster’s School of Rehabilitation Science, the MSc (SLP) program will undergo accreditation review by the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology in the first 2 years of activity.

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 Speech-Language Pathology is required.

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

Contact Information

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

SLP telephone: 905-525-9140, ext. 27344
Fax: 905‑524‑0069

SLP email: askSLP@mcmaster.ca

Resources for Further Study

Solomon P., Baptiste S. (2005). Innovation in Rehabilitation Sciences Education: Preparing Leaders for the Future. Berlin: Springer‑Verlag.
Baptiste, S. (2003). Problem‑Based Learning: A Self‑Directed Journey. Thorofare, New Jersey: Slack Publications.

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