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USC Leonard Davis offers a wide range of master’s degree programs to achieve your goals. We’ll help you find the right fit, whether you’re starting your career or you’re an accomplished professional. In addition to on-campus programs, we offer online options for our gerontology master’s programs. Our online programs combine the same coursework and academic rigor with the convenience of studying anywhere in the world.

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Our Master’s Degree Programs

USC Leonard Davis provides a wide range of degree programs and learning tracks to launch you toward your professional goals. We offer master’s degrees both on-site and in a convenient online format to fit your life. Our programs include:

Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG)

Master of Arts in Gerontology (MAG)

Master of Arts in Aging Services Management (MAASM)

Master of Arts in Long-Term Care Administration (MALTCA)

Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity (MSNHL)

Master of Arts in Medical Gerontology (MAMG)

Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality (MASLH)

Specialized Master’s Programs

Graduate Program Comparison

Program Degree Earned Units Program Duration Delivery Method Noteworthy Career Opportunities
Master of Science in Gerontology
MS 44 units Full-time: 18 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • Required 240 hour internship practicum, research methods course, capstone course
  • Option to earn a dual-degree in business administration, health administration, planning, law, pharmacy, public administration or social work
  • Optional specializations
Prepares graduates for:

  • Planning, administrating, and evaluating programs in the private and public sectors
  • Executive positions in the delivery of direct services to older adults and their families
  • Consulting for older adults and service providers
  • Policy and advocacy work
  • Scientific research and study
Master of Arts in Gerontology
MA 28 units Full-time: 12-18 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • The MAG complements real-world experience and offers executive polish through 7 courses
Prepares graduates for:

  • Planning, administrating and evaluating programs in the private and public sectors
  • Executive positions in the delivery of direct services to older adults and their families
  • Consulting for older adults and service providers
  • Policy and advocacy work
Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity
MS 46 units Full-time: 21 months
Part-time: 24-36 months
On-site or Online
  • ACEND Accredited (*see note below)
Designed for those who want to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. It can lead to:

  • working in hospitals
  • long-term care university and school foodservice programs
  • lifestyle and wellness consulting
  • private practice
  • scientific research
  • policy and advocacy
Master of Arts in Long-Term Care Administration
MA 28.5 units Full-time: 12-18 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • Potential to reduce Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Training by 520 hours by taking GERO 591
  • Joint program between the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the Marshall School of Business, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Prepares graduates for administrative careers and leadership roles in long term care organizations, including:

  • Retirement communities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
Master of Arts in Aging Services Management
MA 32 units Full-time: 12-18 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • Potential to reduce Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Training by 520 hours by taking GERO 591
Designed to give current and future aging services managers the knowledge and skill set to offer services, programs, and products to older adults. Trains leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed in many fields, including:

  • technology
  • policy
  • care and housing
  • social services
  • communications
Master of Arts in Medical Gerontology
MA 33 units Full-time: 12-18 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • After completing this program graduates will be able to think more critically and analytically about complex health issues and concerns of those they are caring for. Fantastic preparation for current and future health professionals
Designed for healthcare professionals and others interested in the health needs of older people. It may be an ideal fit if you want to supplement your professional healthcare experience with specialized training in areas such as:

  • Signs of normal aging and diseases of aging
  • Complexities related to multiple chronic diseases
  • Risks of polypharmacy (use of multiple medications)
Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality
MA 43 units;
*Advanced Standing: 32 units
Full-time: 18 months
Advanced Standing: 12 months
Part-time: 18-36 months
On-site or Online
  • Students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration
Designed for current and future senior living industry executives and directors. Graduates of our program can work within a number of different organizations such as:

  • Retirement communities
  • Age restricted communities
  • Assisted living communities
  • Continuing-care retirement communities
  • Skilled Nursing Communities
Gerontology Certificate in Gerontology
Certificate 16 units Full-time: 5 months
Part-time: 12-18 months
On-site or Online
  • Allows students to explore current theories and research in gerontology with 4 courses
Prepares graduates for:

  • Taking aging theory and applying it to practice in diverse industries, including healthcare, technology and real estate
  • Consulting for older adults, service providers and businesses
  • Policy and advocacy work
  • Bringing an aging specialization to existing careers in law, pharmacy, business, social work and more
  • Creating opportunities for yourself in a growing and increasingly relevant field
*Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity Accreditation

The degree program and supervised practice are accredited (8/13/18) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the registration exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).  Graduates receive a verification statement that enables registration for the exam and upon successful completion receive the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

ACEND can be contacted at:
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

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