Post-Professional On-Campus Master of Arts Degree
To apply to the Master of Arts program, you must:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from an accredited college or university or WFOT approved program.*
- Be certificatied (or be eligible for certification upon completion of a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy) by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT).**
- Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test within five years of planned enrollment with a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section, and 3.5 on the analytical writing.*
- Submit three letters of recommendation from professors, therapists, and/or other professionals familiar with your capabilities and achievements.*
- Submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt: Please describe your professional interests and accomplishments and how a graduate degree will allow you to pursue your professional goals. Note: To address this prompt, in the supporting documents, please upload a double-spaced essay which does not exceed 400 words.
- Demonstrate English Proficiency: If your bachelor’s degree was earned a non-English speaking country and you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you need to submit scores from an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Please note that even if you are from an English-speaking country, you may still need to submit scores. We require that you have verification of the following scores within two years of your intended enrollment:
- An Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or
- An IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 on each band score.
* Conditional admission may be possible for you if one of the following GPA or GRE criteria is slightly below the requirement: (1) cumulative GPA, (2) verbal score, (3) quantitative score, (4) analytical writing score. If you have questions about your specific situation, please feel free to contact us.
** If you are an international applicant, you are responsible for communicating with NBCOT® regarding your eligibility status. This criterion is not required if you do not wish to practice in the United States. A felony conviction may affect your ability to sit for the NBCOT® certification examination or attain state licensure.
In order to be reviewed, your application and required application materials must be received by the Chan Division’s Admissions Committee prior to February 15th for a fall semester start. Please submit your application well in advance of the deadline as transcripts and other application materials may take three weeks or more to be processed by the Office of Admissions and then made available to our office. Please plan accordingly.
Applications received after February 15th are also welcomed and will be processed on a space available basis.
You must apply online through the USC Graduate Admissions website at least three weeks before the departmental application deadline to allow adequate processing time. Please look under the “Independent Health Professions” to find the “Occupational Therapy – Postbaccalaureate (M.A.)” program. You should also arrange to have transcripts and test scores sent to USC in time to meet this deadline.
Materials to be Submitted
- An official GRE general test score report, sent to both the USC Office of Admissions (code #4852) and to the department (code #0618).
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended, sent to the USC Office of Admission, as directed in the online application process and according to the USC Office of Graduate Admission’s transcript requirements.
- Three letters of recommendation from among professors, practitioners, or other professionals familiar with your capabilities and achievements, utilizing the process provided in the online application. It includes a form to be completed as well as uploading a personalized letter. Writers may also send forms and letters directly to the Division at the following address:
USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
- If you are an international applicant, you should review the USC Office of Graduate Admission for details regarding what academic records you will need to submit.
- If you are required to submit TOEFL scores (please see above for details), have the scores sent to the USC Office of Admissions (code #4852).
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. We also provide information sessions, both in-person and virtual, for prospective students interested in our master’s degree programs.