University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. General Questions

How do I become a licensed occupational therapist in the United States? →How do I become a licensed occupational therapist in the United States? ←

What is the difference between the BS, Post-Professional Master’s and Entry-Level Master’s programs, and how do I know which program to apply for? →What is the difference between the BS, Post-Professional Master’s and Entry-Level Master’s programs, and how do I know which program to apply for? ←

Where can I find the tuition and fees for attending USC →Where can I find the tuition and fees for attending USC? ←

Who should I contact with financial aid questions?  →Who should I contact with financial aid questions? ←

Can I work and go to school? →Can I work and go to school? ←

How can I find the semester schedule? →How can I find the semester schedule? ←

How can I purchase a parking pass? →How can I purchase a parking pass? ←

Do students receive free membership to the on-campus gym? →Do students receive free membership to the on-campus gym? ←

How can I purchase USC Football Tickets? →How can I purchase USC Football Tickets? ←

Does USC have a student newspaper? →Does USC have a student newspaper? ←

How can I find the contact information for a faculty or staff person at USC? →How can I find the contact information for a faculty or staff person at USC? ←

Is there on-campus housing for graduate students? →Is there on-campus housing for graduate students? ←

Is there public transportation in Los Angeles? →Is there public transportation in Los Angeles? ←

2. Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program

Can I apply to this program as a freshman? →Can I apply to this program as a freshman? ←

Can I apply to the bachelor program as a transfer student? →Can I apply to the bachelor program as a transfer student? ←

3. Master’s Degree Program

Does USC have a part-time master’s degree program in occupational therapy?  →Does USC offer a part-time entry-level master’s degree program in occupational therapy? ←

What type of degree will I be working toward if I am admitted to the program? →What type of degree will I be working toward if I am admitted to the program? ←

Is volunteer experience required? →Is volunteer experience required? ←

Can pre-requisite courses be in progress while applying to the program? →Can pre-requisite courses be in progress while applying to the program? ←

When does your program start? →When does your program start? ←

Is there a limit to how many times I can take the GRE? →Is there a limit to how many times I can take the GRE? ←

In the USC online graduate application, how do I find the occupational therapy program?  →In the USC online graduate application, how do I find the occupational therapy program?  ←

Is there a specific format you require if I choose to upload a resume or CV in the USC online graduate application?  →Is there a specific format you require if I choose to upload a resume or CV in the USC online graduate application?  ←

How should I answer the questions about research topics, faculty of interest, and research experience in the “Additional Questions” section of the USC online application?  → How should I answer the questions about research topics, faculty of interest, and research experience in the “Additional Questions” section of the USC online application?  ←

What is the difference between electives and core courses? →What is the difference between electives and core courses?? ←

How much hands-on experience is available to me while I am in the program? →How much hands-on experience is available to me while I am in the program? ←

How are fieldwork placement sites chosen? →How are fieldwork placement sites chosen? ←

How many hours of fieldwork are required? →How many hours of fieldwork are required? ←

4. Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program

Do I need to have a master’s degree in OT in order to apply to the OTD program at USC? →Do I need to have a master’s degree in OT in order to apply to the OTD program at USC? ←

5. Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science (PhD) Program

What is the minimum requirement for the GRE? →What is the minimum requirement for the GRE? ←

What are the current research studies in which the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is involved? →What are the current research studies in which the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is involved? ←

6. International Students

Do I need to take the TOEFL? →Do I need to take the TOEFL? ←

What is the minimum TOEFL iBT score required for applying for OTR Certification through NBCOT? →What is the minimum TOEFL iBT score required for applying for OTR Certification through NBCOT? ←

What do I need to do after I get admitted to USC? →What do I need to do after I get admitted to USC? ←

How is the teaching style at USC different from international schools? →How is the teaching style at USC different from international schools? ←

What is the H1B Visa and which companies will sponsor it? →What is the H1B Visa and which companies will sponsor it? ←