University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Bachelor’s to Master’s in Occupational Therapy

Admission Information

Our accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years of study. Undergraduate students who major in occupational therapy are able to earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy in just one additional year instead of the traditional two years required in the entry-level master’s degree. A master’s level degree is required to practice as an occupational therapist in the United States. The accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree opportunity is afforded to those select few high school students who already know that they want to pursue a career as an occupational therapist. This program allows students to receive additional mentorship and leadership training geared toward the occupational therapy profession throughout their undergraduate experience at USC.

Admission Criteria for Freshmen Applicants

  • Apply online through the USC Common Application. Go to USC Undergraduate Admission and follow the procedures outlined on the site.
  • Two letters of reference are required (at least one should be from a professor or teacher).

Application Deadlines

Prospective USC freshmen applicants should apply to USC and select occupational therapy as their major. Students must maintain satisfactory academic performance (3.0 GPA and grades of A or B) in the required pre-professional courses to remain in the major. The USC Admissions Committee and the Chan Division’s Admissions Committee will review your application once all your application materials have been received.

Pre-Professional Courses

For a major in occupational therapy, students must complete the following seven courses, earning a grade point average of B (3.0) or better (Pass/Fail or grades below a C are not accepted):

  • Human Anatomy with laboratory (OT 260 or HBIO 301L)
  • Human Physiology (OT 261 or BISC 307L)
  • Statistics I (PSYC 274, or HP 340 with HP 350, BUAD 310, or MATH 208)
  • Lifespan Development or Human Development (must cover lifespan) (OT 251)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 360)
  • Introductory Sociology or Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology (OT 250 or SOC 200 or ANTH 201)
  • Medical Terminology (OT 200)

Contact Us

Thank you very much for your interest in our program. Amber Bennett, Assistant Director of Admissions, would be delighted to answer any questions you may have, schedule a visit or arrange contacts with faculty members or students to further explore your interest in our program. You can reach her toll free at (866) 385-4250, or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you would like to know more, please use our Request Program Information Form, and we will be happy to send you a brochure about any of our programs.