FAQ

How challenging is this degree program?

Our online program is just as rigorous as its traditional on-campus counterpart. Upon completion of these degree programs, your hard work will be rewarded with a degree from the University of Southern California that is highly regarded and functional. 

How much does the program cost?

The online Master of Arts in Gerontology (MAG) and online Master of Aging Services Management (MASM) programs cost the same as their on-campus equivalents. Visit the tuition section or contact an enrollment advisor for the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees.

How are the courses and content delivered?

The online Master of Arts in Gerontology and the online Master of Aging Services Management degree programs are completely delivered via the Internet. Your courses are all designed with discussion time via Adobe Connect. While students learn the prepared material at their own time, place and pace, they also have an opportunity to interact directly each week with their classmates and facilitator/instructors. Should you encounter any technical issues, the support network is available to assist you 24/7.

How much time per week is required during these online programs?

Most students spend 15 to 20 hours in study time each week. This program is designed for working professionals who complete the program in a way that fits with their schedule, whether in the morning before work, during spare time at the office or in the evening. Your dedicated support team and peers will assist you and help keep you on track with regard to time management.

What is the typical class size in this online degree program?

You will complete your studies in an online class of less than 20 other students. This small class size allows you to get to know your fellow students and form professional and personal contacts over the course of your studies.

How long will it take to complete the MAG and MASM programs online?

Either program can be completed as few as 18 months.

I took some courses in another program. Can I count them toward the USC online degree?

You can request that two elective courses be transferred from another accredited institution, but USC Davis School of Gerontology will need to review course transcripts and will make the final determination if the elective(s) can be counted toward your MAG or MASM degree.

Can I waive some of the core requirements?

The core of the program is the required curriculum for both of the online degree programs. It is essential and cannot be waived.

Does USC Davis School of Gerontology require the GMAT or the GRE?

For admission to the MAG or MASM online program, the minimum composite GRE score is 1000. A GRE Writing score of 4.0 is expected as well. While the GMAT is accepted, the GRE is preferred.

What is the TOEFL requirement?

For admission to the MAG or MASM online program, applicants whose primary language is not English should have a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 600, an Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 100, and a computer based score of at least 250. Students who completed their undergraduate degree in a non-English speaking country must take TOEFL.

Is the online program different from the program on campus?

The curriculum, faculty and course content are the same across programs. However, the online program’s more flexible curriculum offers courses in a 15-week semester.* Graduates receive the same degree as if you had taken the program on-campus. The only differences are in how the courses are delivered and how students and faculty interact.

*Summer term length may vary.

Am I ever required to visit the USC campus?

While you are always welcome to visit the campus, you are not required to come to the campus to fulfill any of your coursework. We encourage you to attend your graduation ceremony at USC.

Will my diploma specify that this is an “online” degree?

No. You will receive the same USC degree as our on-campus students. There is no difference.

When can I start?

There are several start dates available. Your enrollment advisor can explain the benefits of various start dates and help you select the timing that works best for your schedule.

Is financial aid available to online students?

Yes, the same financial aid options are available to all USC students.

Is company sponsorship available?

If you are interested in having your company reimburse you for all or part of your education, you should ask if it has an education support program. Some employers require that you complete coursework or the degree before reimbursing you. If your employer plans to fund your education by paying USC for your tuition, please mention this to your enrollment advisor.