USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Founded in 1975, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is the oldest and largest school of its type in the world. We offer the most comprehensive selection of gerontology degree programs found anywhere, a variety of outstanding research opportunities and a challenging yet supportive academic environment.

Our program studies the human lifespan by exploring the biological, psychological, sociological, political, medical and business dimensions of adult life. The curriculum is aimed at equipping future professionals in the field of aging with the specific skills and knowledge necessary to respond effectively to the needs of an aging population.

The Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG) pre-pares graduates to take on major leadership roles in the private and public sectors, working in planning, evaluating, and administer-ing programs. We offer dual-degree programs in business administration, health administration, planning, public administration, law, pharmacy, and social work.

The Master of Arts in Gerontology (MAG) offers current professionals in the field a chance to acquire superb skills and formal training in gerontology. The MAG complements real-world experience, offers executive polish, and helps graduates boost their career potential.

The Master of Aging Services Management (MASM) is designed to give future aging services managers the knowledge and skill set to offer services, programs, and products to older adults. Students will be prepared to utilize their skills and respond effectively to changes in the economic, legal and regulatory environments in which they are employed.

The Master of Long Term Care Administration (MLT-CA) combines the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging with training in the administration and management of long term care organizations. Students will take classes offered by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the USC Leventhal School of Account-ing, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. 

The Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity (MSNHL) is for students who want to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentials upon receiving this master’s degree diploma and passing the national registration examination. 

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology provides an opportunity to obtain a greater understanding of gerontology theory and research.

In the PhD in Gerontology, students learn about the physiology of human development and aging, examining social policies related to aging as well as the psychological, behavioral, and sociological impact on lifespan development. Working closely with a faculty mentor, they focus on research and publications, participate in colloquia, present at national organization meetings, acquire teaching experience, and develop a rich academic, personal, and professional network.

The PhD in Biology of Aging is a unique program bringing together the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Northern California. Working closely with a faculty mentor, students focus on molecular, cellular, and regenerative medicine and the integrative biology of aging. Students select a specialty among neuroscience, molecular, and cellular biology, stem cell and regenerative sciences, and biomedical sciences.