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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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Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Degree | Admissions Process

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.

Holistic Admission Criteria

Holistic review evaluates applicants based on cognitive and non-cognitive traits, which ensures that more than one factor contributes to admission decisions.

The five criteria that are included in USC Chan’s holistic review are:

  • Personal Statement
  • OTCAS Statements
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GPA
  • GRE

There is a Phase II of the application process, which may require selected applicants to submit a video. Applicants selected for Phase II will receive additional information.

How to Apply

Your application for the Entry-Level Professional Master’s Program at the University of Southern California must be completed through OTCAS, and must include the program-specific requirements for the University of Southern California. The OTCAS application must be completed and verified prior to the date below. We recommend that you submit your OTCAS application at least three weeks prior to the deadline, as transcripts and other application materials may take three weeks or more to be processed by OTCAS. All application materials, including official GRE score reports, must be received in order for your application to be reviewed. Please plan accordingly.

The application deadline is November 1.

Applications received after this date are also welcomed and will be processed on a space-available basis.

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