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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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Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD)
of Occupational Therapy
Admissions for OT Graduates and Practitioners

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 following components are included in USC Chan’s holistic review:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency (as indicated)

Application Deadlines

The Division’s Admissions Committee will review your application once all your application materials have been received. To be considered for maximum financial support, 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.

How to Apply

You may apply online at any time through USC Graduate Admissions. You will find the “Occupational Therapy (OTD)” program under “Independent Health Professions.” Please arrange to have transcripts and English Proficiency test scores (if applicable) sent to USC Graduate Admissions in time to meet the application deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Personal Statement


English Proficiency


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.

Semester # of Units Estimated Tuition USC Fees
Fall 10 $21,370 $630
Spring 14 $29,918 $575
Summer 12 $25,644 $288

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.

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.