University of Southern California
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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.

Erin McIntyre

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

, by Erin McIntyre · 4 comments

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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

1. Comment by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on

I’m interested in applying the MA OT Program and was wondering if I can request transcripts to be sent to OTCAS prior to the open window in July?

It also states that there is an attachment that I will be sending in addition to the transcript.  I just wanted to make sure I’m clear on what that attachment is- would it be my application and additional documents required to apply?  Or is it something completely different?


2. Comment by Erin McIntyre on

Hi Joy,

Thank you for your questions and your interest in our program! I think it is best to speak directly to OTCAS about your transcripts - you can contact their customer service by email at or by calling 617-612-2860. They will be able to answer your questions best! Thank you and please feel free to email us with any other questions.

Erin McIntyre
Assistant Director of Admissions

3. Comment by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on

I’m an applicant for the Summer 2018 MOT Program—I submitted my application on the OTCAS website, but my status does not say verified. Will this hurt my admission chances? Thanks in advance and I hope to hear back soon!

4. Comment by Erin McIntyre on

Hi Kaitlyn! Thank you for your comment and your interest in our program. We just shared a blog post about applications submitted but not verified by the Nov 30th deadline, which I think will be helpful in answering your question. Here is the link:

Please feel free to email us anytime if you have any other questions. Thank you!

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