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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Admissions | How to Apply

We hope you will consider applying to one of our programs, which we believe continue to define this rewarding profession. Our Admissions Team is available to assist you throughout the application process. You can also request program information online, which will give you access to the program brochures. And please review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.


Bachelor’s to Master’s in Occupational Therapy >
For students who have not yet received an undergraduate degree and are seeking one in occupational therapy. This program will save you a year of graduate school (after you complete your BS, you will have only one year to earn your MA).


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.

Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts >
An entry-level master’s program for students who have already received an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy (e.g., psychology, neurology, economics, anthropology).

Post-Professional Master of Arts >
For practicing occupational therapists who received their bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in occupational therapy and plan to attend classes on the University of Southern California’s campuses in Los Angeles to earn a master’s degree.

Accelerated Master’s to Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) >
For students who have not yet received a master’s degree in occupational therapy and are seeking a doctorate of occupational therapy. After you complete your MA, you will earn your OTD in just one additional year.


Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) >
A clinical doctorate for students who have already received a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science >
For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field, such as Occupational Therapy or one of the biological or social sciences, and seek to become career research scientists.