University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Post-Professional M.A. in Occupational Therapy (On-Campus): Course Sequence

The following provides an overview of the course sequence for the On-Campus Master of Arts degree program in Occupational Therapy for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. You may follow the course plan for the comprehensive exam option or you may choose to pursue the master’s thesis option. For more information about these two tracks, please read the Curriculum and Requirements.

Comprehensive Exam Option Course Overview

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Fall Semester:

  • OT 515 Neuroscience of Behavior (4 units)
  • OT 518 Quantitative Research for the Practicing Clinician (4 units)
  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)
  • OT 5** Elective courses (2-4 units)

Spring Semester:

  • OT 525 Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • OT 5** Elective courses (8-10 units)

Thesis Option Course Overview

Fall Semester

  • OT 515 Neuroscience of Behavior (4 units)
  • OT 518 Quantitative Research for the Practicing Clinician (4 units)
  • OT 534 Health Promotion and Wellness (2 units)
  • OT 538 Current Issues In Practice: Adulthood and Aging (2 units)
  • OT 594a Thesis (2 units)

Spring Semester

  • OT 525 Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice (4 units)
  • OT 540 Leadership Capstone (2 units)
  • OT 545 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Science (2 units)
  • OT 5** Elective course (4 units)
  • OT 594b Thesis (2 units)

Fall Semester 2 (if necessary)

  • OT 594z Thesis (2 units)
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.® www.nbcot.org

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