University of Southern California

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Masters and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and Ph.D. in Occupational Science


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

OTD - Occupational Therapy; Ph.D. - Occupational Science, M.A. - Occupational Therapy;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession aimed at improving lives by helping people to organize their daily activities - occupations - to enjoy maximum independence, health, and satisfaction. You can find occupational therapists in hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient centers, private clinics, community centers, workplaces, schools, and homes. Or you can find them furthering their education. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC has consistently been a top-ranked occupational therapy graduate program by the U.S. News and World Report. The Master of Arts program is open to both students with a BS in OT and students with a BS or BA from another discipline. The MA program allows students to individualize their education through the flexibility of the elective program and numerous fieldwork choices. The OTD is a clinical doctorate for occupational therapists who want to bring new knowledge from occupational science into the planning, design, management, and evaluation of real-world health care programs. The Ph.D. in occupational science trains individuals to engage in the scientific study of human occupation, the purposeful activities that constitute our life experiences. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified occupational therapy as one of the ten fastest growing professions in the country and the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor, projects a 30% growth rate in the field through 2014. Be at part of this expanding, exciting, interdisciplinary field, and start at the university with the #1 graduate program on the west coast: USC.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

International Student Requirements:

Must demonstrate competency in English, as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

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