Admission

Undergrad | Transfer | Minor | Master | Certificate | Ph.D. | Dual Degree | Progressive Degree | Advanced Placement

Applications Online

The following applications are available online for download. These are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and can be viewed using the freely available Acrobat Reader.

  • USC Application for Graduate Admission (This link will take you to the University’s main graduate application page.Follow this link and then choose “Application Booklet” on the left side to access the graduate application)

Limited Status Enrollment This link will direct you to the Limited Status Enrollment website. The limited status program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without formally applying for admission to the university. Follow this link to download the form and obtain more information about policies and instructions. It is highly recommended inquirers seek advisement from a student services representative at the USC Davis School of Gerontology before enrolling as a limited status student.

 

Undergrad:

Undergraduate admission to USC is competitive. Each year over 35,000 high school seniors from all over the country and world apply to USC. At the USC Davis School of Gerontology all of our undergraduate students are processed through the main university admissions department; therefore, we highly recommend directing admission and application specific questions to your USC Admission Counselor.

When applying to USC please be aware of these important deadlines:

Fall 2014 Deadlines

  • December 1, 2013: First-Year Application Deadline for Scholarship Consideration
  • January 10, 2014: First-Year Application Deadline

For more information on undergraduate admission at USC and how to access the Common Application, please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/

Transfer:

At the USC Davis School of Gerontology all of our transfer applicants are processed through the university’s central undergraduate admission department. We highly recommend directing admission and application specific questions to the USC Office of Admission.

When applying as a transfer student to USC please be aware of this important deadline:

February 1, 2014: Transfer Application Deadline for Scholarship and Regular Consideration

Additionally, we encourage you to visit USC’s transfer website to learn more about the transfer process

Minor:

USC students interested in supplementing his/her USC major with a minor from the USC Davis School should make an appointment with the USC Davis School undergraduate student advisor to review the requirements. Approved students will then be instructed on filing necessary paperwork with the Registrars Office. To set up an appointment please call or email us at (213) 740-5156 or ldsgero@usc.edu

For more information on the degree course requirements for our undergraduate programs please visit the USC Catalogue

Master’s:

Start here: http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply/application1.html

The actual Graduate Admission Application is available here: https://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/
Please be sure to also complete the Gerontology Supplemental Application found in the university application. The merit-based scholarship application may also be found in the Gerontology Supplemental Application section.

To apply, you need:

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Complete supplemental application included as part of university application
    • In your university application, you must upload your resume and statement of interest
    • 2 letters of recommendation, either uploaded in your university application or mailed separately by your recommenders
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to our office. Students must declare all schools on the application and submit transcripts from all institutions attended (even if it was for just one semester) after high school:

USC Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

On your university application, include your scholarship application—merit-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants

Statement of Interest: Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study.  The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement.  We recommend that your statement be within three to five pages double-spaced pages.  The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.

    • Tell us why you chose to apply to the USC Davis School of Gerontology
    • Tell us about your experiences in gerontology
    • Describe your educational and career goals
    • Please describe your strengths and weaknesses

See degree course requirements in USC Catalogue

    • Master of Long Term Care Administration
    • Master of Aging Services Management
    • Master of Arts in Gerontology
    • Master of Science in Gerontology

Certificate:

Start here: http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply/application1.html

The actual Graduate Admission Application is available here: https://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/
Please be sure to also complete the Gerontology Supplemental Application found in the university application. The merit-based scholarship application may also be found in the Gerontology Supplemental Application section.

To apply, you need:

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • No GRE required
    • Complete supplemental application included as part of university application
    • In your university application, you must upload your resume and statement of interest
    • 2 letters of recommendation, either uploaded in your university application or mailed separately by your recommenders
    • On your university application, include your scholarship application—merit-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to our office. Students must declare all schools on the application and submit transcripts from all institutions attended (even if it was for just one semester) after high school:

USC Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Statement of Interest: Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study.  The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement.  We recommend that your statement be within three to five pages double-spaced pages.  The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.

    • Tell us why you chose to apply to the USC Davis School of Gerontology
    • Tell us about your experiences in gerontology
    • Describe your educational and career goals
    • Please describe your strengths and weaknesses

See degree course requirements in USC Catalogue

Ph.D. in Gerontology and Biology of Aging (Deadline for Application December 1st, 2014)

Start here: http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply/application1.html

The actual Graduate Admission Application is available here: https://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/
Please be sure to also complete the Gerontology Supplemental Application found in the university application. The merit-based scholarship application may also be found in the Gerontology Supplemental Application section.

To apply, you need:

    • 3.0 GPA Minimum
    • GRE 1000 Equivalent
    • Complete supplemental application included as part of university application
    • In your university application, you must upload your resume and statement of interest
    • 3 letters of recommendation, either uploaded in your university application or mailed separately by your recommenders
    • In your university application, you may upload your writing sample or, if it is manuscript length, send it to us separately
    • On your university application, include your scholarship application—merit-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to our office. Students must declare all schools on the application and submit transcripts from all institutions attended (even if it was for just one semester) after high school:

USC Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Statement of Interest: Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study.  The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement.  We recommend that your statement be within three to five pages double-spaced pages.  The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.

    • Tell us why you chose to apply to the USC Davis School of Gerontology
    • Tell us about your experiences in gerontology
    • Describe your educational and career goals
    • Please describe your strengths and weaknesses

See degree course requirements in USC Catalogue

Special Master’s:

                Dual Degree:

The process for applying to the dual degree program is exactly the same as the master’s program. However, you must apply to and be admitted to both individual programs before the dual degree can be activated. Contact the individual programs and student advisors to obtain admission requirements, since they may differ by school.

Progressive Degree

Start here: http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/progressive/

To apply, you need:

    • To be in your junior year (between 64-96 units)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA and a GRE score is recommended but not required
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Make an appointment for an assessment with the gerontology student advisor
    • Choose between the MSG or MASM progressive degree

Advanced Placement:

The actual Graduate Admission Application is available here: https://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/
Please be sure to also complete the Gerontology Supplemental Application found in the university application. The merit-based scholarship application may also be found in the Gerontology Supplemental Application section.

To apply, you need:

    • Be a USC Davis School of Gerontology undergrad student
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Complete supplemental application included as part of university application
    • In your university application, you must upload your resume and statement of interest
    • 2 letters of recommendation, either uploaded in your university application or mailed separately by your recommenders
    • On your university application, include your scholarship application—merit-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to our office. Students must declare all schools on the application and submit transcripts from all institutions attended (even if it was for just one semester) after high school:

USC Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Statement of Interest: Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study.  The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement.  We recommend that your statement be within three to five pages double-spaced pages.  The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.

    • Tell us why you chose to apply to the USC Davis School of Gerontology
    • Tell us about your experiences in gerontology
    • Describe your educational and career goals
    • Please describe your strengths and weaknesses

See degree course requirements in USC Catalogue