Graduate Programs

engAGE Your Career

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified careers in aging as a high-growth industry over the next 10 years, with an exponential boom predicted in jobs to develop the infrastructure required to support our increased population of older adults.

Aging is the most universal of human experiences: a complex phenomenon that shapes individuals, families and societies. At the USC Davis School gerontology is the study of aging across the human lifespan and graduates from our graduate level programs enjoy a deeper understanding of how their profession intertwines with the human condition across the spectrum of age.

At the graduate level students can choose from our four master’s programs, graduate certificate, or Ph.D. programs in gerontology.

engAGE Opportunity

Behind every statistic, behind every study, is a real person. Ensuring that every older adult receives the care and dignity that is their due is one of our field’s most worthwhile goals. Become a champion of the seniors behind the science.


Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG)

In conjunction with the MSG, we offer dual-degree programs including business administration, health administration, planning, dentistry, pharmacy, public administration, law, and social work.

On Campus | Online

 Master of Arts in Gerontology (MAG)

This degree supplements real-world experience with an executive polish, helping graduates maximize their career potential.

On Campus | Online

Master of Aging Services Management (MASM)

Opportunities in the booming aging services industry are limitless, including residential care facilities, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, hospice care, home care and home-delivered services, lifelong creative therapy programs and home modification programs.

On Campus | Online

 Master of Long Term Care Administration (MLTCA)

This program is a joint effort between the USC Davis School of Gerontology, the Marshall School of Business and the Price School of Policy, Planning and Development.

On Campus | Online

Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity (MSN)

This program prepares graduates for roles in the field of nutrition and dietetics promoting personalized health and longevity based on scientific evidence. In addition to graduate coursework students complete 1200 hours of supervised practice in hospital, community, and food-service settings. Graduates will be eligible to write the national registration examination of the Commission of Dietetics Registration which grants the use of the credential Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) upon passing the exam.

On Campus

Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology (Ph.D.)

This curriculum provides rigorous, high-level research training as well as emphasizing the acquisition and application of scientific knowledge in the field of aging and the development of leadership skills. Rooted in research methodology and statistical analysis our program’s graduates represent limitless professional potential.

On Campus

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

This program is ideal for supplementing an existing career or skill set, as well as broadening professional opportunities.

On Campus | Online

Ph.D. in the Biology of Aging

The first doctoral program of its kind in the United States. It is the joint effort of two world-renowned aging research institutions: The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angele, CA and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA. Students will perform research-with emphasis on the molecular, cellular, regenerative and integrative biology of aging-both in Northern (Buck) and Southern (USC) California selecting a laboratory for their Ph.D. thesis.

On Campus


Scholarship Application

For continuing students only  New students can submit a scholarship application as part of the university application online