Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD)
of Occupational Therapy
Admissions for Current USC Chan Master’s Students
This information is for current USC Chan Master’s students who qualify for expedited admission to the Post-Professional OTD program. If you are not a Master’s student at USC Chan, or do not meet the requirements for the expedited admission process, please see the standard Post-Professional OTD admissions process.
If you are a current USC Chan Master’s student continuing into the OTD program, you only need to submit an updated résumé on your application. The letters of recommendation, personal statement, and transcripts are waived.
If you are a current USC Chan Master’s student admitted into the OTD program with a Master’s GPA under 3.25, you will have a registration hold applied as a condition of your admission. As long as you complete the first 8 units of the OTD program with a 3.0 GPA, the registration hold will be removed.
The Division’s Admissions Committee will review your application once all your application materials have been received. To be considered for a USC Chan-affiliated Residency, the application deadline is October 1. The regular decision deadline, as well as the deadline to be considered for a USC Chan merit-based scholarship, is February 15.
Applications received after this date are also welcome and will be processed on a space available basis. Please contact our admissions team with specific questions regarding the OTD timeline and start dates.
All USC Chan students and alumni are eligible to waive the application fee for the OTD. Please read the USC Office of Graduate Admissions’ information about graduate application fee waivers carefully as you will have to follow these step-by-step instructions in order to get your application fee waived. Please allow graduate admissions up to a week for your fee waiver to be granted. Please contact graduate admissions directly with any questions related to the fee waiver.
You may apply online anytime through the USC Graduate Admissions website. You will find the “Occupational Therapy (OTD)” program after selecting the “Independent Health Professions” under the school to which you are applying. Current USC Chan Master’s students can use this document to assist with completing the application.
An updated résumé.
Estimated Tuition and Fees
The University of Southern California is a private institution where tuition is the same for all students. Residents of California, residents of other states, and international students all have the same tuition rate. Estimated 2022-2023 tuition and fees are presented below. Tuition and fees are subject to change and are expected to be the same or slightly higher for 2023-2024.
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Note: OTD costs are listed for students who have earned a Master’s degree in occupational therapy and have been admitted with advanced standing. All other students may require additional coursework to be determined.
USC Graduate Fees include: one-time $55 orientation fee, Student health service fee ($527/semester, summer $288), Student programming fee ($40/semester), Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund ($8/semester).
Additional expenses may include: USC Financial Aid Office estimates annual graduate and doctoral student costs of $12,600 for housing, $6,930 for dining/meals, $1,200 for books and supplies, $2,422 for personal and miscellaneous and $2,628 for transportation.
Cost of Licensure
If you are planning to work in the United States, please note that the costs and requirements for licensure to practice as an occupational therapist vary across states. Check with your state’s occupational therapy board for additional information. Also, consider that NBCOT study material expenses will vary by person. One of our student ambassadors outlined their personal costs and experience with licensure in California. Please review additional information from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) regarding licensure.
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