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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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Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD)
of Occupational Therapy
For Current USC Chan Master’s Students

Our master’s degree programs are set up to allow you to continue seamlessly into our Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD) program. With a master’s degree from USC Chan, you will enter the Post-Professional OTD with 24 units of additional credit from master’s degree courses and advanced standing. The program is typically completed in three semesters (one year).

Expedited Admission
If you maintained satisfactory performance during your master’s degree studies in occupational therapy at USC Chan, you are guaranteed admission to the OTD and will follow the expedited admission procedures. If you do not meet these requirements, you will follow the standard admission process and you will still be eligible to receive advanced standing for your OTD.

If you are not a current master’s degree student, please review the Post-Professional OTD program information for OT Graduates and Practitioners; if your bachelor’s degree is in a field other than occupational therapy, please review the Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Sequence

A Day in the Life of a Post-Professional OTD Student

Jodie, a student in the Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program, shares about daily life as an OTD resident at the University of Southern California.

Please note
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 Degree Program frequently asked questions for additional information. Our website will provide the latest updates throughout the transition process as they become available.

Contact Us
For more information about the Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from USC, contact the USC Chan Admissions Team.