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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 · 8 comments

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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!

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

Hello,

If I turn in an application late and the program gets full before May, will you guys roll the application over for the next registration process?

Also, do you guys require observation hours to be completed?

Thank you,
Karina Gonzalez

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Hello Karina!

Thank you for your comment! We have a wait list process and if you apply by May 15th and are offered a place on the wait list and a seat in the master’s program does not open up for you prior to June, then yes we would be happy to roll your application over to the next application cycle for you. We offer this as a courtesy to those applicants who are strong enough to be wait listed. If you are not offered a place in the incoming class or a place on the wait list then you would need to reapply for the next year.

We do not require observation of volunteer hours, however we do strongly encourage applicants to get as much exposure to the field of occupational therapy as they can in order to gain a thorough understanding of the profession and to make sure it is the right fit for you. These experiences can help to strengthen your application in the areas of your letters of recommendation and your personal statement, however are not required.

I hope this information is helpful for you and you can also see this link for some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you and please let me know if there is anything else we can assist you with! You can email me anytime at carley@chan.usc.edu.

Liz

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Hello,

When do students usually find out if they have been accepted into the program?

Sincerely,
Rachelle Ibanez

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Hi Rachelle!

Thank you for your comment! At this point, all applicants who had complete applications prior to the February 15th application should have been notified of an admissions decision. Please feel free to email me directly at carley@chan.usc.edu if you’d like to discuss your specific situation.

Thank you for your interest in our program!
Liz

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

Hello,

If we submit an application by the May 15th deadline, when would we be notified if we are offered a place in the incoming class or placed on the waitlist?

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Hello Mary,

Thank you for your comment! At this point, because February 15th was the actual deadline for the program, and we just extended the deadline on OTCAS to allow for late submissions, applications will be considered on a space available basis. If you submit an application between now and May 15th, the admissions committee would do their best to review your application as quickly as possible, as the start of the program is quickly approaching.  Please feel free to email me directly at carley@chan.usc.edu if you’d like to discuss your specific situation.

Thank you for your interest in our program!
Liz

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

Hello,

If I have everything but my GRE score, could I still submit what I have by May 15th and send in my scores after? If so, how late?

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Hello Rachelle and thank you for your comment!

Applicants need to have submitted all required application materials prior to the intended application deadline in order to have a complete application. So at this point, I recommend waiting to apply for the 2018 application cycle if you do not yet have all of your materials submitted for this year. Our master’s program starts in June each year, so the 2017 start date is fast-approaching. The 2018 application cycle will open through OTCAS in July and we will be updating our admissions deadlines and procedures through this link on our website soon: http://chan.usc.edu/admissions/entry-level-ma

Thank you for your interest in our program and please feel free to contact me anytime via email with any other questions you may have! carley@chan.usc.edu

-Liz

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