OTD to PhD Pathway
The OTD to PhD Pathway offers USC Chan students a way to become both a career occupational scientist and an occupational therapist. Current USC Entry-Level OTD students have the opportunity to apply to the Occupational Science PhD program during their second year in the Entry-Level OTD program. If accepted, students begin PhD coursework during their third, final year in the OTD program.
Students on the OTD to PhD Pathway will complete their second Level II fieldwork and doctoral capstone experience within a USC Chan faculty member’s research lab during their entire third year of the Entry-Level OTD program, providing an immersive experience working with, and being mentored by, a faculty researcher. USC currently provides generous financial support (i.e., an annual stipend and full tuition support) for PhD students.
Current Entry-Level OTD Students
We request that current Entry-Level OTD students express their interest in the OTD to PhD Pathway by completing the PhD Interest Form prior to the Fall semester of the second year of the program.
To be considered for the OTD to PhD Pathway, USC Chan Entry-Level OTD students must apply to the Occupational Science PhD program in the Fall semester of the second year of the program. You will find details regarding the application process and deadlines on the admissions page.
If you are a current USC Entry-Level OTD student, and would like more information about the OTD to PhD Pathway, contact the USC Chan Admissions Team.