Master’s Programs


Here’s something else that distinguishes us: besides the option to learn in the classroom, all USC Leonard Davis School master’s programs and our graduate certificate program are available online. Our online programs provide a blended learning environment where students collaborate with other online students from around the U.S. and the world.

Program Learning Objectives

MSG Tracks/Specializations

Choosing a track/specialization is not required but is available for students who wish to focus on a particular area of gerontology. Completion of a track will not be noted on your diploma, however, it will be a beneficial addition to your curriculum vitae/resume.

This flagship program prepares graduates to take on major leadership roles in the private and public sectors, working in planning, evaluating, and administering programs. It is also designed for graduate students who want to assume executive positions that deliver direct services to older people and their families or teach older adults and service providers.

Requirements: 44 units of coursework and experience in the field. It includes 32 units of required courses and 12 units of specialization courses.

Bonus Points: In conjunction with the MSG, we offer dual-degree programs. Among them are business administration, health administration, planning, public administration, law, pharmacy, and social work.

Program Learning Objectives

The MAG offers current professionals in the field a chance to acquire superb skills and formal training in gerontology.

Requirements: 28 units of coursework

Bonus Points: The MAG complements real-world experience, offers executive polish, and helps graduates boost their career potential.

Program Learning Objectives

The MASM is designed to give current and future aging services managers the knowledge and skill set to offer services, programs, and products to older adults.

Requirements: 32 units of coursework

Bonus Points: Opportunities in the aging services industry are abundant. They include residential care facilities, assisted living, retirement communities, home care and home services, creative therapy initiatives, home modification programs, and hospice care.

Program Learning Objectives

The MLTCA is a multi-USC school program that combines the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging with training in the administration and management of long term care organizations.

Requirements: 28 units of coursework

Bonus Points: You will be participating in a joint program between the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Program Learning Objectives

This degree is for those who want to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. It can lead to working in health care facilities, long-term care and supported living environments, tertiary and community hospitals, university and school food service programs, a business involving personal wellness, private practice, scientific research on nutrition’s role in health and longevity, or in policy and advocacy. The program promotes health and longevity based on scientific evidence, integrating academic study with professional practice experience.

Requirements: 46 units of coursework and 1200 hours of supervised practice in hospital, community, and food service settings. Before applying, prerequisite courses are required as well as 40 hours of paid or volunteer work experience with a Registered Dietitian. Additional program information for potential applicants are summarized in the Student Handbook below.

Accreditation:The program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) You are eligible to take the Commission of Dietetics Registration’s national registration examination once you receive the master’s degree diploma. Once you pass, you receive the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

ACEND can be contacted by:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Information Session Recording:

Information Session Recording PDF: 2018 Fall Master of Nutrition (MSNHL) Information Session Presentation

Prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the program.

  • For the list of prerequisite course, please view: MS Nutrition Program Description
  • All prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of application (the exception is the general psychology, math, and speech)
  • All prerequisite courses must meet our minimum unit requirement on the semester system.  Courses taken on any other system, including the quarter system, must be converted to semester units.
  • Not required to complete all at USC
  • Complete the prerequisite template and upload it with your online application. [Prerequisite Template]

Fall Application Deadline: January 15th every year

Dual Degree Program

Program Learning Objectives

We have joined forces with six other professional schools at USC to offer programs in which graduates will earn two master’s degrees, gaining the knowledge and skills of gerontology as well as those of an additional professional field.

In tandem with the Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG), you can also earn:

  • Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) with the USC Marshall School of Business
  • Juris Doctor (MS/JD) with the USC Gould School of Law
  • Master of Public Administration (MS/MPA)
  • Master of Health Administration (MS/MHA)
  • Master of Planning (MS/M.Pl.) with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Master of Social Work (MS/MSW) with the USC School of Social Work
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (M.S./PharmD) with the USC School of Pharmacy

Progressive Degree Program

Undergraduates with a GPA of at least 3.0 have the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. They apply for admission to this program in their junior year.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement MS program allows the outstanding student who has completed a bachelor’s degree in gerontology to waive several courses in order to complete their gerontology master’s degree in 36 units rather than the 44 units for the regular program. Students who complete this program are typically able to graduate in five years with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.