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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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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.


Joanne Park

Welcoming our Newest Bachelor’s to Master’s OT Students

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Summer orientation for our incoming freshman is in full swing! Students admitted to USC are able to sign up for a two day orientation event where they can register for classes, tour dorms, meet the Trojan marching band, participate in eSCape room challenges, and most importantly, meet other students! Meet three of our incoming OT major students who will be starting classes this Fall: Matthew from Alameda, CA, Carissa from Vancouver, WA, and Anna from Lincolnshire, IL (left to right).

Freshman Orientation 2017

If you are currently in high school and interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy, please see this page for more information about admissions to our accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program. This is a 4 year Bachelor’s and a 1 year Master’s degree program in occupational therapy. If you would like to meet with an admissions advisor or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime and I would love to discuss this program further with you! If you would like to visit USC and learn more about our curriculum/course sequence, you can also consider registering for a Meet USC. At this program, you will be able to attend an admission presentation, go on a University Park Campus tour, and participate in an academic department information session. Fight On!

Erin McIntyre

2018 Entry-Level Master’s Program Admissions Deadline- November 30

, by Erin McIntyre · 2 comments

We recently updated the admissions deadline for our Entry-Level Master’s Program. In previous years, there were two admissions deadlines each cycle –an early admission deadline in November and the regular admission deadline in February. We now have one admissions deadline for all applicants on November 30th. It is our hope that this one application deadline will allow more time for admitted students to plan ahead for their enrollment in our program. The admissions committee will do their best to notify all applicants who apply on time by mid-February with admissions decisions.

If you are interested in applying for the June, 2018 start date, you will need to wait until July 18, 2017 when the new OTCAS application cycle opens. Applications are not reviewed on a “first submitted” or “rolling” basis; they are simply reviewed when complete, around the time of the application deadline.  As a reminder, prerequisite courses may be in progress when you apply, as long as they will be completed prior to the start of the program if you are accepted. Applicants must have submitted official GRE scores (the GRE must have been taken within 5 years of the date of planned enrollment) by the application deadline in order for your application to be considered complete.  Please keep in mind that we recommend that you submit your OTCAS application at least three weeks prior to the November 30th deadline, as transcripts, GRE scores, and other application materials may take three weeks or more to processed by OTCAS and the admissions committee only reviews applications that have been verified by OTCAS.

Thank you for your interest in our program! If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact the admissions team directly

Erin McIntyre

OTCAS Application Dates - Current Cycle June, 2017 and Next Cycle June, 2018

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Please be aware that the application cycle for the upcoming June, 2017 entry-level master’s program is still open on OTCAS until May 15, 2017.  The last day to submit an application for this term that starts in June, 2017, is May 15, 2017. If you are interested in applying for the June, 2018 start date, you will need to wait until July, 2017 when the new OTCAS application cycle opens. Application deadlines and requirements for the 2018 cycle will be posted on this page in the next few weeks, so please continue to check here for updates and contact us at any time with questions. If you accidentally started an OTCAS application for June 2018 prior to the next application cycle opening on OTCAS in July, 2017, you will need to re-apply. You can contact OTCAS customer service for information about what aspects of your application might carry over, and which will need to be re-submitted when you re-apply.

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!

Liz Carley

Entry-Level MA OTCAS Deadline

, by Liz Carley · 8 comments

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

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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!

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