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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts (MA) program is open to students with or without an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy. Students with a prior degree in occupational therapy from another university may apply for Advanced Standing, reducing the units required for the degree from 80 units to 32 units (or 76 units to 28 units with the thesis option). Students who have earned a bachelor of science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from USC may apply for Advanced Standing and follow the curriculum outlined under Advanced Core Courses for the Bachelor to Master Program, reducing the total units required for the degree from 80 units to 36 units, which includes 4 units of Clinical Internship with Seminar (or 76 units to 32 units for the thesis option). All students must complete either the Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Option.

Degree Requirements

The MA degree is under the jurisdiction of the USC Graduate School. Students should also refer to the Graduate School section of this catalogue for general regulations. All courses applied toward the degree must be courses accepted by the Graduate School.

Requirements include: GPA of 3.0 in all course work attempted and all course work applied to the degree; at least two-thirds of units applied to the degree must be at the 500 level or higher.

Students without a prior degree in occupational therapy take both the foundation core courses and the advanced core courses listed below. OT 405 , OT 406L, OT 440L and OT 441L are foundational courses that students are required to pass before they may register for any other courses in the master's program. Students must complete all subsequent courses in the program on a full-time basis and in sequence, except for students requiring disability accommodations.

Students with a degree in occupational therapy from outside of USC may apply for Advanced Standing, reducing the units required for the degree from 80 units to 32 units (or from 76 units to 28 units for the thesis option). Students who have earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from USC may apply for Advanced Standing and follow the curriculum outlined under Advanced Core Courses for the Bachelor to Master Program, reducing total units required for the degree from 80 units to 36 units, which includes 4 units of Clinical Internship with Seminar (or 76 units to 32 units for the thesis option). All students must complete either the Thesis or Comprehensive Exam option.

Which department am I in?

USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

Study options

Full Time (80 units)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected June 2023

Venue

University of Southern California

University Park Campus,

LOS ANGELES,

California,

90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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