Master’s Programs


Here’s something else that distinguishes us: besides the option to learn in the classroom, all USC Leonard Davis School master’s programs and our graduate certificate program are available online. Our online programs provide a blended learning environment where students collaborate with other online students from around the U.S. and the world.

Program Learning Objectives

MSG Tracks/Specializations

Choosing a track/specialization is not required but is available for students who wish to focus on a particular area of gerontology. Completion of a track will not be noted on your diploma, however, it will be a beneficial addition to your curriculum vitae/resume.

This flagship program prepares graduates to take on major leadership roles in the private and public sectors, working in planning, evaluating, and administering programs. It is also designed for graduate students who want to assume executive positions that deliver direct services to older people and their families or teach older adults and service providers.

Requirements: 44 units of coursework and experience in the field. It includes 32 units of required courses and 12 units of specialization courses.

Bonus Points: In conjunction with the MSG, we offer dual-degree programs. Among them are business administration, health administration, planning, public administration, law, pharmacy, and social work.

Program Learning Objectives

The MAG offers current professionals in the field a chance to acquire superb skills and formal training in gerontology.

Requirements: 28 units of coursework

Bonus Points: The MAG complements real-world experience, offers executive polish, and helps graduates boost their career potential.

Program Learning Objectives

The MAASM is designed to give current and future aging services managers the knowledge and skill set to offer services, programs, and products to older adults.

Requirements: 32 units of coursework

Bonus Points: Opportunities in the aging services industry are abundant. They include residential care facilities, assisted living, retirement communities, home care and home services, creative therapy initiatives, home modification programs, and hospice care.

Program Learning Objectives

The MALTCA is a multi-USC school program that combines the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging with training in the administration and management of long term care organizations.

Requirements: 28 units of coursework

Bonus Points: You will be participating in a joint program between the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

This degree is 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 food service programs, lifestyle coach and wellness, private practice, scientific research or in policy and advocacy. The program promotes health and longevity based on scientific evidence, integrating academic study with professional practice experience.

Requirements: 46 units of coursework and 1200 hours of supervised practice in hospital, community, and food service settings. Before applying, prerequisite courses are required as well as 40 hours of paid or volunteer work experience with a Registered Dietitian. Additional program information for potential applicants are summarized in the Student Handbook below.

  • Student Handbook
    Includes description of the program,  costs, calendar, admission requirements, graduation and program completion requirements and tracks,  financial aid resources, guidance about distance education and requirements for distance students to locate their supervised practice sites.

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:

Information Session Recording (includes requirements and process to become an RDN):

Information Session Recording PDF: 2019 Fall Master of Nutrition (MSNHL) Information Session Presentation

Prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the program.

  • For the list of prerequisite course, please view: MS Nutrition Program Description
  • All prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of application (the exception is the general psychology, math, and speech/communications)
  • All prerequisite courses must meet our minimum unit requirement on the semester system.  Courses taken on any other system, including the quarter system, must be converted to semester units.
  • Not required to complete all prerequisites at USC
  • Complete the prerequisite template and upload it with your online application. [Prerequisite Template]
  • Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Fall Application Deadline: January 15th every year

Program Learning Objectives

The Master of Arts in Medical Gerontology allows health care professionals and others interested in the health and medical care of older adults to expand upon existing knowledge of the aging process. This program allows students to analyze the complexities of treating and managing multiple chronic conditions. Students are familiarized with the whole person approach to aging which includes examining the environment in which older persons live in, nutritional practices, and the care team that provides services.

Requirements: 33 units of coursework (25 units of required courses and 8 units of elective courses)

Bonus Points:
By 2050, the number of people over 65 will be about 1.5 billion worldwide. 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.

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Program Learning Objectives

The Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality is designed to train current and future senior living executives in managerial functions, nutrition, health, and social engagement within a gerontological framework. This customer-centered approach in this industry is essential to improving the lives of older people. Students will focus on the physical, emotional, and social needs of customers 55 years and older.

Requirements: 43 units of coursework (31 units of required courses and 12 units of elective courses)

Students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business Administration from an accredited college or university may be eligible for an advanced standing option.

Bonus Points:
According to Senior Living Industry research, 1.2 million employees will be needed to support the more than 76 million baby boomers who are retired or will retire by 2030.

Dual Degree Program

Program Learning Objectives

We have joined forces with six other professional schools at USC to offer programs in which graduates will earn two master’s degrees, gaining the knowledge and skills of gerontology as well as those of an additional professional field.

In tandem with the Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG), you can also earn:

  • Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) with the USC Marshall School of Business
  • Juris Doctor (MS/JD) with the USC Gould School of Law
  • Master of Public Administration (MS/MPA)
  • Master of Health Administration (MS/MHA)
  • Master of Social Work (MS/MSW) with the USC School of Social Work
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (M.S./PharmD) with the USC School of Pharmacy

Progressive Degree Program

Undergraduates with a GPA of at least 3.0 have the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. They apply for admission to this program in their junior year.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement MS program allows the outstanding student who has completed a bachelor’s degree in gerontology to waive several courses in order to complete their gerontology master’s degree in 36 units rather than the 44 units for the regular program. Students who complete this program are typically able to graduate in five years with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

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