What should I include in my statement of interest?
Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study. The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement. We recommend that your statement is within three to five pages double-spaced pages. The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.
- Tell us why you chose to apply to the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
- Tell us about your experiences in gerontology
- Describe your educational and career goals
- Please describe your strengths and weaknesses
Do I have to take the GRE?
The GRE may be waived by having strong academics. If the GRE is required, you will be notified during the review process. In general, if you have above a 3.0 GPA we will not require the GRE. The GRE is not required for the PhD programs admission process.
What are the requirements for the 2 letters of recommendation?
Students applying to our master’s programs must submit 2 letters of recommendation. They can be academic or professional references. Applicants will input contact information for the individuals who will be submitting the letters of reference in the online application, and references will receive a prompting email to submit the letter directly to USC.
How should I send my official transcripts?
Official transcripts should be mailed directly to our office. Students must declare all schools on the application and submit transcripts from all institutions attended (even if it was for just one semester) after high school:
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191
For some cases USC accepts official digital copies of transcripts. For instructions on sending digital transcripts, please visit the USC Office of Graduate Admission’s Transcript Requirements page.
Can I send digital official e-transcripts?
Yes, For some cases USC accepts official digital copies of transcripts. For instructions on sending digital transcripts, please visit the USC Office of Graduate Admission’s Transcript Requirements page.
USC accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:
- The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
- The school is located in the United States. If located outside the United States, we accept electronic transcripts only from India sent via TrueCopy Credentials. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any other overseas institutions or vendors.
Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to email@example.com. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. Electronic transcripts emailed to any other address will not be downloaded, resulting in a delay of your file review and an extra expense to you because the transcript will need to be re-sent.
How long does it take to receive an admission decision?
Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed by the review committee (all supporting documents and transcripts must be received and processed by the university). You will be able to check the status of your application in your application portal.
What are the application deadlines?
The priority application deadlines are:
- October 15th for our Spring start date
- March 15th for our Fall start date.
What if the deadline for the application has passed?
We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact an admission counselor for guidance on applying for the program.
How can I learn more about tuition?
To learn more about tuition and fees, please visit USC’s Tuition and Fees page. The current per-unit cost of tuition is $2,244.
How can I learn more about financial aid and loan options?
If you would be interested in learning about financial aid options, please get in touch with USC’s Office of Financial Aid or by calling them at 213-740-4444.
Can I defer admission if I am admitted into the program?
If admitted, you are only admitted for that term. USC does not do deferments, so if it came about that you were accepted but did not wish to attend right away, you would need to request that we update your application to a later term. We would then review your application again with the new batch of applicants; admission would not be guaranteed.