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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

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®). USC Chan’s Entry-Level OTD degree program has been granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE, which indicates that the division’s resource allocation and plan for developing its proposed program appear to demonstrate the ability to meet ACOTE Standards. 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.

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 included in USC Chan’s holistic review are:

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

How to Apply

Your application for USC’s Entry-Level OTD program must be completed through OTCAS, and must include the program-specific requirements for the University of Southern California.

To apply for Early Action, your application must be completed and Verified by OTCAS prior to November 1. We recommend that you submit your application at least three weeks prior to this deadline, as transcripts and other application materials may take three weeks or more to be processed by OTCAS. All materials must be received in order for your application to be reviewed. Please plan accordingly.

If you apply by the Early Action deadline, you will receive your admission decision prior to the end of the year. In addition, your application must be Verified by the Early Action deadline for your Research Student Worker or Vision Scholarship award application to be considered.

Applications that are Verified after November 1 will be reviewed for Regular Decision on a rolling basis. Division Tuition Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded upon admission.

Application Deadline Notification By
Early Action November 1, 2023 December 22, 2023
Regular Decision Rolling 6-8 weeks (excluding holidays)

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


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