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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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
The Chan Division has initiated the process to transition the entry-level master’s to an accredited entry-level doctoral (OTD) program. This process requires review and approval by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE®) and the transition could occur as early as the 2021 application cycle (program start in fall 2022). We are currently offering admissions information sessions for the proposed entry-level OTD program, but please note that because this program is still in review, only limited information can be provided. Please review the Entry-Level OTD Degree Program frequently asked questions for additional information. Our website will provide the latest updates throughout the transition 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.