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USC Catalogue 2017-2018

Occupational Therapy (MA)


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The Master of Arts program is open to students with or without an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy. Students without a prior degree in occupational therapy take both the foundation courses and the advanced courses listed below. Students with a degree in occupational therapy may apply for Advanced Standing, reducing the units required for the degree from 80 units to 32 units (or 76 units to 28 units for the thesis option). Students who have earned a BS, Occupational Therapy, from USC may apply for Advanced Standing, and follow the prescribed courses 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.

Admission Requirements


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0); a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section and a 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examinations taken within five years of application; three letters of recommendation and an autobiographical statement of purpose. A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within two years of enrollment is a requirement for most international students.

Those with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university or a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved program may apply for Advanced Standing.

Those with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy also must have completed all of the following prerequisites:

  • Within five years of enrollment
  • Prior to the start of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (pass/fail or grades below a C are not accepted)
  • From an accredited junior college, college or university
  • Either in a classroom setting or online; however anatomy should be completed in a classroom setting
  • With each course totaling the equivalent of at least three semester units (with exception of medical terminology which may be 1 or 2 units) as follows (course numbers refer to USC courses, but prerequisites can be taken at any accredited college or university):

Notes:


*If anatomy and physiology are combined, students must take two sequential semesters with a laboratory each semester (6–8 units).

Four-week intensive courses are offered by the division in human anatomy (OT 260 ) and human physiology (OT 261 ) from mid-May to mid-June (just prior to the start of summer professional courses) for students unable to complete those courses earlier. These courses are also offered fall and spring semesters.

Application Procedures


For those with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy: applications are accepted at any time, preferably by February 15 for fall admission.

For those with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy: applications for early decision are due by November 30; all other applications are due February 15 for summer admission.

Applications received after the February 15 deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

Application materials include: 1) USC Online Graduate Application with Division Supplemental Application (only required for those with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy); 2) OTCAS online application(only required for applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy); 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; 5) results of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examinations; and 6) TOEFL or IELTS scores if required. A personal interview may be requested. Please see the division Website for the most up-to-date application procedures: chan.usc.edu/.

International Students

Students educated outside the United States must have their credentials evaluated by the Office of Admission before their application to the division can be reviewed. See the Admission section of this catalogue. International students must demonstrate competency in English, as measured by the TOEFL or the IELTS.

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 courses and the advanced courses listed below. OT 405  , OT 406 L, OT 440 L and OT 441 L are foundational courses that students are required to pass before they may register for the advanced core courses in the professional program. Students must complete all subsequent courses in the professional program on a full-time basis and in sequence, except for students requiring disability accommodations.

Students with a degree in occupational therapy 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, Occupational Therapy, from USC may apply for Advanced Standing, and follow the prescribed courses 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.

Thesis Option

In addition to the required courses, 4 units of electives at 500 level or above, and 4 units of Master's Thesis OT 594a  and OT 594b  are required. Acceptance of the thesis by the master's committee and the university completes the degree.

Comprehensive Examination Option

In addition to the required courses, 4 units of electives and 8 units of occupational therapy electives are required. All electives must be 500 level or above. Successful performance on a written comprehensive examination administered on campus each fall and spring semester completes the degree.

Required Courses


Comprehensive Examination Option (12 units)


In addition to the required courses, 12 units of elective are required, 4 units of electives may be taken from outside the Chan Division. All electives must be 500 level or above. Successful performance on a written comprehensive examination, administered on campus each fall and spring semester, completes the degree.

Thesis Option (8 units)


In addition to the required courses, 4 units of electives at 500 level or above, and 4 units of Master's Thesis, OT 594a  and OT 594b  are required. Acceptance of the thesis by the master's committee and the university completes the degree.

Comprehensive Examination Option (12 units)


In addition to the required courses, 12 units of elective are required, 4 units of electives may be taken from outside the Chan Division. All electives must be 500 level or above. Successful performance on a written comprehensive examination, administered on campus each fall and spring semester, completes the degree.

Thesis Option (8 units)


In addition to the required courses, 4 units of electives at 500 level or above, and 4 units of Master's Thesis, OT 594a  and OT 594b  are required. Acceptance of the thesis by the master's committee and the university completes the degree.

Advanced Core Courses for the USC Bachelor to Master Program


Comprehensive Examination Option (12 units)


In addition to the required courses, 12 units of elective are required, 4 units of electives may be taken from outside the Chan Division. All electives must be 500 level or above. Successful performance on a written comprehensive examination, administered on campus each fall and spring semester, completes the degree.

Thesis Option (8 units)


In addition to the required courses, 4 units of electives at 500 level or above, and 4 units of Master's Thesis, OT 594a  and OT 594b  are required. Acceptance of the thesis by the master's committee and the university completes the degree.

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