University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Post-Professional Online Master of Arts Degree | Curriculum and Requirements

Our Post-Professional Online Master’s program is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their leadership potential. The core curriculum provides a solid grounding in occupational science, qualitative and quantitative research and evidence-based decision-making for emerging areas of practice. Students have the flexibility to access quality higher education while working and living in their own communities.

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Required Courses

  • OT 515 Neuroscience of Behavior (4 units)
  • OT 518 Quantitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 525 Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues in Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)
  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • OT 564 Sensory Integration (4 units)
  • OT 579 Occupational Therapy in Adult Neurorehabilitation (4 units)
  • OT 583 Current Applications of Lifestyle Redesign® (4 units)

Technology Requirements

Online students must have the following technological requirements to register for online courses:

  • Webcam
  • Microphone and speaker for audio (USB headset with microphone is recommended)
  • Broadband internet connection of at least 256 KB/second

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in occupational therapy, you must have completed:

  • 32 units of required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or better (both applied and overall)
  • A comprehensive examination, covering all required courses, with a passing score

Following completion of 28 units, you may choose to do a thesis option instead of the comprehensive examination. If you choose the thesis option, you will substitute OT 594a and 594b Master’s Thesis for one of the following: OT 564, OT 583 or OT 579. You may then take OT 594z Master’s Thesis until your thesis is completed.


Upon successful completion of all requirements listed above, you will be awarded your Master of Arts (MA) degree in Occupational Therapy. Online MA students are encouraged to attend commencement ceremonies hosted in mid-May in Los Angeles, California.

Important Note for International Students

If you plan to apply for OTR certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® (NBCOT) in order to practice as an occupational therapist in the United States after the completion of your studies, please view the following website for more details: Select the international tab, then find the Occupational Therapy Eligibility Determination (OTED) handbook and the Certification Exam Handbook. Review the document requirements and the forms to be filled out and note that the processing of documents can take up to six months after you apply. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Be aware that NBCOT may request additional coursework or materials to process your application.