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

If you are one of those select few high school students who already know that you want to pursue a career as an occupational therapist, this program is for you! By majoring in occupational therapy as an undergraduate, you 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.

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.
  • Submit two letters of reference (at least one should be from a professor or teacher).

Application Procedures

Apply to USC and select occupational therapy as your major. You 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 application materials have been received.

Pre-Professional Courses

For the occupational therapy major, you 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 HBIO 420L or BISC 307L)
  • Statistics I (PSYC 274Lg; BUAD 310; or HP 340L with HP 350; or MATH 208x with either MATH 118x or 125)
  • Lifespan Development or Human Development (must cover lifespan) (OT 251 or EDUC 589)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 360)
  • Introductory Sociology or Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology (OT 250 or SOC 200gm or ANTH 201g)
  • Medical Terminology (OT 200L)

Contact Us

Thank you very much for your interest in our program. Amber Bennett, member of our Admissions Team, 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 Amber 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.