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Every seven seconds another American turns 50

Gerontology, the study of aging across the lifespan, allows you to discover new ways of seeing — and changing — the world. Here, at the nation’s first and foremost school of gerontology, you have access to unparalleled opportunities to transform the future of aging. A degree from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology provides ever-increasing possibilities for you to pursue careers that are both meaningful and in high demand.


specialized academic programs provide expertise in all aspects of aging across the lifespan

$20 million

in federal research funding including 40 active NIH grants


the first, largest and most comprehensive school focused on the study of aging

The School at a Glance

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A specialized education at USC Leonard Davis introduces you to many facets of aging, providing a holistic perspective on patients’ needs. That background gives you a competitive edge in the next phase of your career. At the USC Leonard Davis School, you can earn an undergraduate gerontology degree, an accelerated five-year undergraduate/graduate degree program, a doctoral degree, or a minor in aging. All of our master’s programs are also offered in a convenient online format.

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Gerontology Careers

Gerontology career prospects have exploded in recent years. People around the globe are living longer than ever, creating unprecedented demographic shifts toward an aging population. With more growth on the horizon, a USC Leonard Davis education positions you for success in a wide array of fields.

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Serving in California and beyond

Our impact spans the globe — starting in California, where our faculty and alumni lead programs affecting millions of residents statewide. For instance, California has tapped USC Leonard Davis faculty for key advisory roles to develop the state’s Master Plan for Aging. USC Leonard Davis offers a wide range of institutes, centers, and research cores. These initiatives advance the field of aging and provide avenues for students to apply what they’re learning. Two of these centers also serve the local Los Angeles community, providing important resources for individuals and their loved ones:

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Student Life

A close-knit community in the center
of a world-class city

Here, the world of gerontology comes to you. We’re a small, intimate school rooted in a world-class research university — all located in one of the most vibrant cities on earth. Our students come from around the country and globe and are united in a desire to make the world better for people of all ages. Whether joining us online or on-campus in Los Angeles, USC Leonard Davis School students bring learning to life. Exciting opportunities abound to publish research, travel abroad, intern with influential organizations and advocate for older adults.

Stories and Spotlights

Educating generations of leaders in aging

Corrine Jones, MAG ’18

After retiring early from a career with AT&T, Corinne Jones went back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science. She remembers it was a class on elder law where she got her first taste of gerontology.

Sarah Lamontagne, MAASM ’19

Sarah Lamontagne had a busy job at a Rhode Island nonprofit that helps adults age in place, remaining in their homes and communities as they grow older. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing a master’s degree from the USC Leonard Davis School in Gerontology.

Sahar Edalati, MS ’13

Today’s senior living market is marked by two extremes, says Sahar Edalati MS ’13, executive director of Watermark Retirement Communities in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

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Our community of ambitious students, eminent faculty and renowned alumni is waiting for you to join us. Our advisory team is ready to answer all your questions. Let’s continue the conversation.

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