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The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is a twenty four month professional master's degree program, and the only occupational therapy degree program in British Columbia. It is a professional degree program with no thesis requirement and the curriculum is based on a combination of coursework and fieldwork placement. Our program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and graduates are eligible to write the national licensing exam upon graduation.

Occupational Therapy is a health-care profession dedicated to assisting individuals (and their families) to participate in and engage in the occupation of daily living. Occupational therapists provide specialized rehabilitation services to maintain, restore, or improve the ability of children and adults to perform the occupations of daily life, which may be impaired as a result of illness, injury, congenital or acquired disabilities, or social disadvantage.

What makes the program unique?

Over the course of 2 years, there are 5 fieldwork placements of 5-7 weeks each.

This program is one of the smallest MOT programs in Canada; our students enjoy small class sizes and more individual attention. With a modular based structure, we engage over 50 clinicians a year to teach our students the skills and theory required for practice, supplementing our core program. Our teaching team believes not only in creating an environment that is open and exciting, but also recognizes that they are educating and working with their colleagues of tomorrow. We are currently the only Occupational Therapy program in Canada to offer designated seats for international students.

Career options

The MOT program prepares graduates to be self-directed, lifelong learners, who consciously use theory, evidence and critical thinking skills to maintain, evaluate and improve their practice of occupational therapy. Occupational therapists work in both public and private practice, in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, in home care and community health, in schools and clinics. Occupational therapists work with clients across the life spectrum with a diverse range of needs. With a shortage of occupational therapists across BC and Canada, graduates of the MOT program at UBC are in high demand.

"Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations." United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011.


Visit the Master of Occupational Therapy - MOT page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

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