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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Admissions

Entry-Level Professional Master’s
Admissions Process

Please note: Currently, USC Chan is reviewing applications submitted to the entry-master’s program in occupational therapy (program start in 2021), 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 and our admissions team will be happy to answer questions beginning in late February. Please note that because we are reviewing applications and responding to applicants in our current admissions cycle, we will not be able to address questions about next year’s process before then. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 (temporarily suspended for 2021 admissions cycle)

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 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.

Application Requirements

Prerequisites

Personal Statement

OTCAS Statements

Letters of Recommendation

GPA

GRE (temporarily suspended for 2021 admissions cycle)

Other Requirements

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