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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

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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