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Thanks for visiting our admissions blog! Here we hope to address questions that are frequently asked from applicants and to clarify any aspects of the application and admissions process that may be complicated or confusing. As always, please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions you may have, or leave questions here in the comment section and we will be sure to answer them. We look forward to hearing from you.


Liz Carley

Entry-Level MA OTCAS Deadline

, by Liz Carley · Leave a comment

Now that the February 15th regular application deadline has passed for the Entry-Level Master’s Program, the admissions committee is busy reviewing applications. Applications received after the deadline are welcome and will be processed on a space available basis. The OTCAS deadline has been extended to allow for these late submissions. The regular deadline for this program was February 15th and this has not changed, however OTCAS now indicates that the deadline is May 15th to make it possible for applicants to submit a late application. We strongly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible if you are still interested in being considered for the Summer 2017 start date, as the actual deadlines have now passed. These late applications will be considered on a space available basis. As always, please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have.

The admissions committee hopes to be in touch with all applicants by the end of March with admissions decisions. Thank you for your interest in the occupational therapy programs here at USC!

Erin McIntyre

Entry Level Master’s Admissions Update: Clarification About Application Requirements

, by Erin McIntyre · Leave a comment

Many of you will have recently received correspondence from the USC Office of Graduate Admissions and a follow up email in response to this from our program here at the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, sent by Dr. Liz Carley, Director of Admissions. The admissions process to our program is two-fold – we have to first make admissions decisions through the Chan Division admissions committee and then these decisions are finalized by the USC Office of Graduate Admissions.  We wanted to reassure you about these processes, both for current applicants, and those who have been recently admitted at the early decision deadline, and offer our support in clarifying the situation.

If you are in the process of applying to our program you may have received an email from the USC Office of Graduate Admission with your USC ID number and information about the application materials required for USC. Please make note of your USC ID number and please disregard the parts of the email that refer to submitting materials through USC directly. Applicants to our master’s program have a different process than most applicants to the university, as we use OTCAS and you are not required to submit an online application through USC directly. If you have a complete and verified application through OTCAS and your letters of recommendation and GRE scores have been received, your application to our program is considered complete. The only exception is if you are an international applicant and/or have completed more than one semester at a school outside of the US. If this applies to you, you may be required to submit transcripts and/or English language exams to USC directly. Please see our website for details or contact us directly if you have questions about these requirements.

If you have not received this email with your USC ID number yet, please don’t be concerned. You will receive it eventually, and this is simply because processing times can vary. Once you do receive this email, you can refer back to these instructions on what you can disregard.

Once a decision has been made on your application through the university system, you should receive another email from the Office of Graduate Admission prompting you to create an account and log in through the youSC portal to view the electronic decision letter and then if admitted, certify your admission through the university. You do not need to complete this process through youSC at this time either.

Please note that applicants to our master’s program will receive two decision letters: one from us here in the Chan Division and one from the university’s Office of Graduate Admission. Both will be sent electronically. Typically the division letter comes first and then once the admissions decision is finalized in the university admission system through the Office of Graduate Admission. The second letter will become viewable through the youSC system and you will receive an email prompting you to view it, using your USC ID.

If you have already been admitted to our program at the early decision deadline, you can also follow the above instructions about what to disregard from the Office of Graduate Admissions email instructions. If you have a complete and verified application through OTCAS, your application to our program is considered complete. The only exception is if you are an international applicant and/or have completed more than one semester at a school outside of the US. If this applies to you, you may be required to submit transcripts and/or English language exams to USC directly. Please see our website for details or contact us directly if you have questions about these requirements.

Once the admission decision on your application has been finalized through the university system, you should receive another email from the Office of Graduate Admission prompting you to create an account and log in through the youSC portal to view the electronic decision letter and then certify your admission through the university. We anticipate this happening within the next week or so for all students who have received admission letters from the Chan Division already.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team directly with any questions you may have! We are here to assist you and we appreciate your interest in our program!

Erin McIntyre

Entry Level MA: Updating Your Grades and Planned Coursework on OTCAS

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Many of you have asked how to update your OTCAS application with coursework that you have completed since submitting your application. There is an option to complete an ‘Academic Update’ on OTCAS to allow you to add updated grades or planned/in-progress coursework. If you submit an academic update, you will need to send your official transcripts for any relevant coursework to OTCAS per the instructions they provide.

Academic Update is available through OTCAS only for applications with at least one program verified by February 15, 2017.

You cannot modify courses that were originally reported to OTCAS as completed. OTCAS permits applicants to report grades only ONE time during the Academic Update period, so please keep this in mind when deciding when is best to submit an Academic Update. After OTCAS receives your updated application and official transcripts, your new grades will be verified, and a new GPA will be calculated.

Note: OTCAS does not accept student-issued (unofficial) transcripts.

If you have any questions, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please let us know if you have completed an academic update so that we can be sure to review your updated application.

If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact the admissions team directly!

Joanne Park

Bachelor’s to Master’s in Occupational Therapy

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The deadline to apply to our accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program is January 15, 2017. This program is a 4 year Bachelor’s and 1 year Master’s degree in occupational therapy for high school students applying to college who know that occupational therapy is the profession they want to pursue! In order to apply to USC as a freshman applicant, please see this link here. You would select occupational therapy as your first choice major in the USC supplemental application. Questions regarding the SAT, ACT, high school GPA, or applying to USC as an undergraduate student should be directed to the USC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You can find their contact information through this website. If you have any questions about the 5 year program or would like to talk to an admissions advisor, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at any time! Thank you for your interest in occupational therapy!

Liz Carley

Entry-Level MA Early Decision Deadline

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The early decision deadline is this week on November 30th for the Entry-Level Master’s Program in Occupational Therapy. The admissions committee looks forward to reviewing all of your applications soon! As a reminder, the admissions committee considers applications complete only after the OTCAS application has been verified, three letters of recommendation have been received, and official GRE scores have been received. If your application is not yet verified or any of the required application materials are not complete, you will be notified that your application will be rolled over to the February 15th deadline and reviewed then.

Please keep in mind that the early decision deadline is for applicants who do plan to enroll here at USC if admitted. Also, to be eligible to be considered for this early deadline, applicants must meet the GPA and GRE minimum criteria listed on our website. If you are not ready to commit to USC and would like to consider other programs and/or you do fall below any of these minimum criteria, please plan to submit your application for the February deadline.

Chances of admission are the same at either deadline and the admissions committee only admits about one third of the class at the early decision deadline, saving the majority of seats in the class for the regular decision applicants. So it would not put you at a disadvantage to be considered for the February deadline instead of November. If an applicant is a strong enough applicant to be admitted within the overall applicant pool, it is likely they would be admitted, regardless of when they submit their application.

For those who do submit applications for the early decision deadline, we hope to be in touch with all applicants within 4-6 weeks of the November 30th deadline. We do not do any denials at the early deadline, and if you are not admitted, your application will be rolled over to be reconsidered at the February deadline. You will be notified either way regarding the status of your application.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team directly with any questions you may have! We are here to assist you and we appreciate your interest in our program!

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