Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Gerontology consists of five core courses and two chosen electives:

Required Core Courses (20 Units)* Units
GERO 500 Perspectives on Aging: Introduction 4
GERO 508 Mind and Body Connection through the Lifespan 4
GERO 520 Life Span Developmental Psychology 4
GERO 530 Life Span Developmental Sociology 4
GERO 540 Social Policy and Aging 4

Students must select two courses (for a total of 8 units) from the following courses:

Elective Courses (8 Units)* Units
GERO 522 Counseling Older Adults and Their Families 4
GERO 550 Administration and Systems Management 4
GERO 560 Micronutrients, Health and Longevity 4
GERO 585 The Aging Family 4
GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management 4

Total Units Required for Degree: 28

The Master of Aging Services Management consists of three core courses from the following five courses:

Required Core Courses (12 Units)* Units
GERO 500 Perspectives on Aging: Introduction 4
GERO 501 Applied Legal and Regulatory Issues in Aging 4
GERO 502 Marketing and Shifts in Consumer Decision Making 4
GERO 504 Current Issues in Aging Services Management 4
GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management 4

Students must select five courses (for a total of 20 units) from the following courses:

Elective Courses (20 Units)* Units
GERO 505 Behavioral & Social Consequences of Design & Environment 4
GERO 506 Technological Innovations and Aging (Gerontechnology) 4
GERO 507 End of Life Care 4
GERO 508 The Mind and Body Connection through the Lifespan 4
GERO 510 Physiology of Development and Aging 4
GERO 520 Life Span Developmental Psychology 4
GERO 522 Counseling Older Adults and Their Families 4
GERO 530 Life Span Developmental Sociology 4
GERO 540 Social Policy and Aging 4
GERO 541 Health Care Delivery Models: Comparative Approaches 4
GERO 543 Continuum of Care: Systems Perspective 4
GERO 550 Administration and Systems Management 4
GERO 551 Applied Policy Skills in Aging 4
GERO 554 Evaluation: Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices 4
GERO 560 Micronutrients, Health and Longevity 4
GERO 585 The Aging Family 4
GERO 593 Research Methods 4

Total Units Required for Degree: 32

The curriculum encourages students to apply academic research into professional applications.

All Master of Arts in Gerontology and Master of Aging Services Management classes are taught through an online learning environment. Online students can complete their entire aging services degree without setting foot on the USC campus. The webcasts and additional web-based discussions and assignments allow students from remote locations to complete the coursework at a time of optimal convenience.

* Courses and program curriculum is subject to change. Individual experiences may vary. For a complete list of course descriptions, please visit: http://catalogue.usc.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=301#graduate-degrees.