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Entry-Level MA Early Decision Deadline
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!