Ph.D. in Gerontology

Susan EnguidanosThe ultimate achievement in gerontological education, our groundbreaking Ph.D. in Gerontology program attracts the highest caliber of students worldwide. The Ph.D. in Gerontology program provides students with the skills for securing an independent career in the field of aging. The USC Davis School of Gerontology and the USC Andrus Gerontology Center offer the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research and publications, participate in colloquia, attend and present at meetings of national organizations, acquire teaching experience, and begin developing an academic, personal, and professional network that will students for their entire career.   African American grandparents and grandchildren

Balancing rigorous, high-level research training with leadership skills and the acquisition and application of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, a USC Davis School Ph.D. prepares graduates to take the lead in the research of their chosen aspect of gerontology. Ph.D. students take courses in a wide variety of subjects, including physiology of human development and aging, social policies related to aging, and the psychology and sociology of lifespan development.

While studying closely with a faculty mentor, Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to zoom in on a specific area of interest and begin the extensive, exciting process of discovering their own academic specialization. Kate WilberStudents who graduate from our Ph.D. program will enter the workforce armed with the highest-level gerontological education available and will be primed to begin their own careers in research, service, or education, having attained mastery over their particular area of interest.

To request application or information materials by mail click here and check “Ph.D.” To speak to someone directly for more detailed information, including deadlines, contact Admission Counselor Noelle Enguidanos via phone at (213) 821-1713 or email at

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