The crown jewel of our School and the ultimate attainment for a gerontological education, our Ph.D. program attracts the highest caliber of students worldwide. In fact, we created the world’s first Ph.D. in gerontology!
Our Ph.D. 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 to begin developing an academic, personal and professional network that will serve you your entire career.
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 will take a wide breadth of courses, including studying the physiology of human development and aging, examining social policies related to aging as well as the psychology and sociology of lifespan development. While studying closely with a faculty mentor, Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to zero in on a specific area of interest and begin the extensive, exciting process of discovering their own academic specialization.
Students 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.