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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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Entry-Level Doctorate (OTD)
of Occupational Therapy
Admissions Process

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 program frequently asked questions for additional information. Our website will provide the latest updates throughout the transition process as they become available. The admissions criteria listed below have been provided to enable applicants to prepare in advance of the 2021 application cycle opening in July.

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 four criteria that are included in Phase I of USC Chan’s holistic review are:

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

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 OTD 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. Please note that your application must be completed and verified, not just submitted, by this date.

Application Requirements


Personal Statement

OTCAS Statements

Letters of Recommendation



English Proficiency

Other Requirements

Other Supporting Documents

Background Checks

Health Clearances

Additional Resources

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Estimated Tuition and Fees


Contact Us
Thank you very much for your interest in our program. The USC Chan Admissions Team will be delighted to answer any questions you may have and further explore your interest in our program. You can also call us toll free at (866) 385-4250.

More Information
If you would like to know more, please use our Request Program Information form, and we will be happy to provide access to a brochure about our programs. We also provide information sessions, both in-person and virtual, for prospective students interested in our degree programs.