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The Doctorate of Longevity Arts and Sciences (DLAS) is a unique program designed for individuals who wish to immerse themselves in the science of the human lifespan in all its dimensions.

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Program Information

Delivery format

100% online or on-site

Typical Program Length

60 Units
4-5 years
Full-time and part-time options available

Priority Deadline

Fall 2023: December 1, 2022

Is the Doctorate of Longevity Arts and Sciences Right for Me?

If you describe yourself as a lifelong learner and you are seeking a supportive, intellectual community to engage with, this innovative program may be what you are looking for.

This program is ideally suited for individuals who have already achieved many of their professional goals and are seeking the structure and support found at one of the world’s leading universities to fulfill their aspirations as they relate to extended lifespan.

Grounded in the theoretical frameworks of gerontology, students enrolled in the DLAS will learn about the latest scientific breakthroughs related to human health and longevity. They will explore the possibility of finding meaning and relevance in the elongated lifespans human beings are enjoying in the 21st century.

Are You A Lifelong Learner?

This program provides high-achieving individuals with a rigorous academic experience to enhance their capabilities for greater social contributions based on their accumulated knowledge and wisdom. This contribution can take a variety of formats, and each student will choose their own pathway to complete a final summative project such as a book, proposal for a non-profit organization or a piece of legislation.

As gerontologists, we work to ensure that human beings live longer, healthier and more purposeful lives. This program seeks to provide talented individuals the academic framework and discipline they need to fulfill their purpose and vision.

How Do I Earn My DLAS at USC Leonard Davis?

The Doctorate of Longevity Arts and Sciences (DLAS) is a 60-unit program (48 units of required courses and 12 units of elective courses). You can complete your studies either on campus or through our convenient online education program.

Students residing in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Oregon or Puerto Rico are not eligible to complete the Doctorate in Longevity Arts and Sciences online via distance learning at this time.

What Will I Study in My Classes?

The DLAS program is designed to help individuals develop a wide range of skills, including program and policy development, that can lead to the betterment of our communities, state and nation. In addition, the program prepares individuals to understand their own potential to initiate change and make contributions both intellectually and creatively as they age.

You’ll explore these subjects and more through the program’s required and elective courses such as:

  • Technological Innovations in Aging (Gerontechnology)
  • Administration and System Management in Programs for Older Adults
  • Social Policy and Aging
  • Nutrition, Genes, Longevity and Diseases
  • Housing and Community Policies and Programs
  • Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management
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Learning that Fits Your Life

Whether you live halfway across the world or have a busy career, we make this program work for you. You can earn the DLAS degree online through our robust digital course platform.

All your classes are streamed online, allowing you to interact with your classmates and professors in real-time. Learn more about our online education program.

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