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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Accelerated Master’s to Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Please note: Currently, USC Chan is accepting applications to the entry-master’s program in occupational therapy, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®). The Chan Division has also initiated the ACOTE process to transition the entry-master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in 2022). Updates will be provided on our website throughout the accreditation process as they become available.

Fast Track to Your Doctorate

Through our Accelerated Master’s to Professional OTD degree program, you can earn an OTD degree in occupational therapy in just one additional year. You will begin with our Entry-Level Professional Master’s Degree program if your bachelor’s degree is in a field other than occupational therapy or our Post-Professional Master’s Degree program if you are an occupational therapist or have your bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. 

Expedited Admission

If you maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher during your master’s degree studies in occupational therapy at USC Chan and you met the minimum GRE requirements upon your initial admission to the master’s degree program, you are guaranteed admission to the OTD and will follow the expedited admission procedures. If you do not meet these requirements, you will follow the standard admission process and you will still be eligible to receive advanced standing for your OTD.

Advanced Standing

With a master’s degree from USC Chan, you will enter our OTD program with 24 units of additional credit from master’s degree courses. Instead of a required 60 units for your OTD, you will only be required to take 36 units: 24 units will be OTD residency and 12 units will be academic coursework. The program is typically completed in three semesters.

Discover more about how the Accelerated Master’s to Professional OTD program can support your personal and professional goals by contacting Dr. Amber Bennett, member of our Admissions Team.