What will I learn?

This full-time, graduate-level program will give you the skills you need to practice occupational therapy. As an occupational therapist, you’ll spend your career helping people of all ages and backgrounds to enhance their performance of everyday activities—things like work, school, leisure and self-care.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy focuses on helping people overcome challenges they face due to an injury, illness or environmental barrier. Occupational therapists are trained to help people improve their quality of life by assisting them in regaining or developing skills and abilities so that they can continue to participate in their everyday activities.

Removing obstacles:

Helping people overcome barriers is a major part of an occupational therapist’s job. Some of the barriers occupational therapists address include:

  • injuries
  • acute and chronic health conditions resulting in physical, cognitive or mental health challenges
  • physical, social and institutional barriers within the home, community and workplace

Practicing occupational therapy in Canada:

To practice occupational therapy in Canada, you must complete an MSc(OT) entry-to-practice degree program and pass the national certification exam. You may also need to meet other specific criteria, depending on the province you choose to work in.

Become an Occupational Therapist:

  • Participate in experiential and reflective learning with expert practitioners.
  • Engage with dedicated and accessible professors.
  • Experience diverse, interprofessional learning opportunities.
  • Complete fieldwork in diverse settings across Atlantic Canada and internationally.
  • Participate in a program that is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), on behalf of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,608.12 (US$ 13,304) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum mid-B average during the student’s undergraduate coursework (with a minimum average of A- over the last two years) will be required. English language requirement: TOEFL (iBT): 100, IELTS: 7.5.

For international students

Student must have:

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

English language requirement:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7
  • CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline for the September admissions cycle is January 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.