I was just admitted to the program. What is the process to get registered for classes?
Below are the steps to get registered for classes. Please note that each step requires one day (overnight) prior to completing the next step due to the system needing to update.
Intent to Enroll Form
Please submit the intent to enroll form if you were recently admitted or if you haven’t previously by visiting youSC. Note that it may take several days after being admitted before you are able to see the Intent to Enroll form online. International students must also submit the Financial Statement and Passport before being able to see the Intent to Enroll form.
Please be sure to use the email address used when you submitted the university application online. Follow the directions at the bottom of the page for First-time users. Once logged in, you will be able to view the Welcome to Graduate Studies booklet, your admission decision which includes any conditions on your admission (please be aware of these conditions), and the ability to submit the Intent to Enroll form. It is highly recommended to save a copy of your admission letter since it gets removed sometime during your first semester in the program. We will not be able to get you a copy of it afterward.
International students: You must submit the current financial statement and valid passport before you will be able to view your admission letter and submit the Intent to Enroll form. Submission of the Intent to Enroll form will allow you to proceed with the email activation and registration process. After submitting the form online, please note there may be an overnight wait period before activating your email account.
Before you can register for classes, you will need to activate your USC email account. Please visit this website to activate your email. Your 10 digit USC ID number and date of birth will be requested. Again, it may take overnight for the system to update before you can proceed with registration.
Once your Intent to Enroll form and Email Activation have been processed (and if you are not an international student) you are ready to register for classes.
International students: you will need to wait until you arrive in the U.S. physically to complete the passport verification (PPV) before you can register. You may be able to do the online PPV but you will still need to visit the Office of International Services (OIS) prior to being able to register for classes, which is up to 30 days prior to when classes begin.
Registering for classes
There is a step-by-step tutorial on the Web Registration website, but this will help get you started.
- Log on to the Web Registration website through the myUSC The logins for myUSC and USC emails are the same.
- If you receive an error message when attempting to register for classes, you may need to request a registration appointment time (only after the Intent to Enroll form has been submitted and one day after the email account has been activated). If this is the case, contact the Registration department at (213) 740-8500 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have your 10 digit USC ID number handy.
- Once inside, scroll down the page until you see a grey section called Student Links. Within that section, click Web Registration to enter the registration system.
- If a course you are attempting to register for requires d-clearance (departmental authorization), email the Student Advisor to request clearance. Be sure to include your name, USC ID number, course number (i.e. GERO 500), and section number (i.e. 36300) of the course(s) you want clearance for. (See d-clearance process)
Visit the Schedule of Classes to learn more about classes available for registration. Please note the professors must activate the course first so do not be alarmed if you do not see the courses you registered for on Blackboard initially (Blackboard is the system you will use to access courses online).
For information on courses you should register for, please see your program’s requirements in the Student Handbook.
What classes should I register for?
It’s recommended students complete the required courses before taking elective courses. For information on courses you should register for, please see the program requirements in the Student Handbook. If there are any course recommendations based on your program, they are listed below:
- Master of Arts in Long Term Care Administration
It’s recommended students take GERO 500 first.
- Master of Arts in Aging Services Management
It’s recommended students take either GERO 500 and/or GERO 589 first.
- Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality
It’s recommended students take either GERO 500 and/or GERO 589 first.
- Master of Arts in Gerontology
It’s recommended students take GERO 500 first
- Master of Science in Gerontology
It’s recommended students take GERO 589 and GERO 593 first since these classes will be useful in all other classes in the program. GERO 555 and GERO 591 should be taken in the second year of the program, typically in the last semester or at least after the core classes have been completed
- Master of Science in Gerontology / Masters in Social Work dual degree
Students in the dual MSG/MSW program typically do not take any gerontology courses in the first semester of the program. Gerontology courses may be taken as early as the spring semester of the first year of the program. Most students, however, do not take any GERO courses until the summer term after the first year in the program.
I registered for classes but they are not showing up on Blackboard. Can you help?
First, check to make sure you have registered for the classes. In Web Registration, courses will state Registered in the myCourseBin tab. In OASIS, you can also view this information under Registered Course List. Also, if you recently registered for the class (within a few hours), it can take the system overnight to update completely on Blackboard. Lastly, the professor must activate courses on Blackboard before students can see the class on Blackboard. You may contact the professor to confirm when the course will be activated or if the course has already been activated. If you verify you are registered and it has been longer than overnight since you registered and you verified your professor has already activated the course on Blackboard, you can then contact Blackboard and the Student Advisor to inquire about this.
I am interested in a specific course. Can I obtain more information about the class aside from the brief description in the Schedule of Classes?
Prior to the start of the semester, students may inquire with the professor teaching the class to see if they have a working copy of the syllabus available. Please note that the information included in the working copy may not be final and can change at any time until the start of the semester. Students may obtain the faculty contact information on the Gerontology Faculty page.
When I attempted to register for classes, the system said I needed department authorization. How can I obtain this?
For courses that require departmental clearance (d-clearance), which includes program-specific courses along with a few others, the student advisor will need to give you clearance to register for the courses. You can tell which courses require d-clearance if the section number has a D at the end of the 5-digit number (as opposed to an R). In order to request d-clearance, you will need to send Jim deVera an email with the following information:
- USC ID Number (10 digit number):
- Program (i.e. MSG):
- Course number (i.e. GERO 500):
- Section number (5 digit number that begins with 36):
Note that the internship course must go through the Internship Director before clearance can be requested. Directed research courses will also require additional paperwork before being able to obtain clearance. Speak with the student advisor on how to receive the directed research form.
I want to take the internship course next semester. When should I start this process and what do I need to do?
Students should first check if their program requires or allows an internship course. Please review the Student Handbook or the USC Catalogue for program requirements. Students should begin the process of signing up for the internship class one to two months prior to the start of the semester you plan to take the course, around the same time the advisement period opens for the upcoming term. Information is sent out to the students regarding the procedures each semester, around the same time as the advisement period. Students who wait too long to initiate this process (less than a month prior to the term starting) will either not be able to take the internship course in the upcoming term or will have only limited choices. Students will need to go through the Internship Director to obtain clearance for the internship course.