Master of Science in Gerontology

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

The Master of Science in Gerontology prepares students to pursue policy and research related to the aging of individuals and of the population.

Gerontology’s flagship and most popular graduate program, this curriculum positions graduates to pursue policy and research while studying the mechanics and mysteries of longevity, aging and population health. By sharpening critical analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge of aging as a wide-ranging phenomenon, this program prepares graduates to become leaders who effect policy changes on the local and national levels alike. Additionally, this program offers an internship as well as research methods and grant writing in its capstone course.

This is an excellent program for students with little to no experience in aging, or build a broad base of knowledge on the teaching and tenets of gerontology. This curriculum offers students a strong foundation in the field that will give them multiple professional options as well as the ability to delve deeper into areas of major interest.

This degree includes a required practicum course, which not only helps students discuss how to translate the theories of the classroom into real-life practices, but also gives them the opportunity to gain that experience with internships.

Career Options

• Planning, administration and evaluation of programs in the private and public sector
• Leadership roles in state and local government, advocacy organizations, and foundations
• Executive positions in the delivery of direct services to older people and their families as well as in the instruction of older adults and service providers
• Research, science and policy in the field of aging
• And more!

Sample Courses

GERO 510: Physiology of Development and Aging
GERO 520: Life Span Developmental Psychology
GERO 530: Life Span Developmental Sociology
GERO 540: Social Policy and Aging
GERO 555: Integrating Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Approach
GERO 589: Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management
GERO 591: Field Practicum
GERO 593: Research Methods

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