Program Details

Cost of Attendance

Master of Arts in Gerontology – Online Tuition

  • Cost per credit hour – $1,863 ($52,164 total tuition)
  • Application Fee – $90


Master of Aging Services Management – Online Tuition

  • Cost per credit hour – $1,863 ($59,616 total tuition)
  • Application Fee – $90

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you. For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.


Getting Started at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
As the world’s premier research and educational institution in the field of gerontology and aging sciences, the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology stands at the intersection of leading-edge science and its practical application, transforming scientific research into effective practice and pioneering solutions.

We are here to help guide you from initial inquiry to graduation, and we will work closely with you to gather all necessary information to streamline the application process.

For more information regarding admission, tuition, financial aid, student loans, computer requirements or for any questions you may have, please call an Enrollment Advisor at (877) 960-2045 or complete the short form on this page.

How to Apply

Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Gerontology or the Master of Aging Services Management program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In selecting applicants for admission, the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology considers both academic potential (as reflected in undergraduate study and scores on the Graduate Record Examinations) and professional potential (as reflected in experience, references and career goals).

The school requests information from applicants to supplement that information supplied by the USC Application for Graduate Admission. Such supplemental information usually includes a statement of interest in gerontology and letters of reference. Interviews may be required.

Admission Requirements

For full admission students must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (any major). The GRE is no longer required for students meeting this requirement.

For students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0, conditional admission may be granted:

  • With a GRE score of 1,000+ on the old scoring system (taken pre-2012), or a GRE score of 300+ (taken post-January 2012).
  • Must achieve a 3.0 or better in the first two courses and/or a positive faculty recommendation

Application Requirements

To apply for admission to either the Master of Arts in Gerontology or Aging Services Management online programs, students must gather and submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form (online)
  2. Application fee $90
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (Sent to University of Southern California Admissions, c/o Robyn MacNab or Jami O’Connell, Enrollment Advisor, 50 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
  4. Two letters of recommendation. These should be written by the recommender (they should not be drafted by the applicant) and uploaded to the online application portal, along with a completed form.
  5. Professional resume should be uploaded to the online application portal
  6. Statement of purpose
    • Include information on your interests and goals
    • Address why you’ve chosen to apply to the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
    • Discuss your past experience in gerontology
    • Include what you hope to achieve during your study at USC and how this educational achievement(s) will prepare you for your career goals
    • Examine your strengths and weaknesses

International students must also submit the following documents:

  • Official TOEFL scores (Institution Code: 4852)
  • Official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in the applicant’s native language and an exact translation into English of each document
  • Financial guarantee statement showing proof of the ability to pay all tuition and living expenses
  • TOEFL score (600 paper-based; 250 computer-based; 100 Internet-based). Students who completed their undergraduate degree in a non-English speaking country must take TOEFL.

Transfer Credits

Generally, USC accepts up to 4 units—students should provide transcripts, course content/syllabus, textbooks/software used to help with credit evaluation. Transfer credit evaluation occurs after the student has been admitted so there is no way to predict acceptance when advising the student.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted on a rolling basis for fall, spring and summer semester starts.

For other questions about the admissions process, please contact an enrollment advisor at (877) 960-2045 ext. 4202 for Jami O’Connell or ext. 3948 for Robyn MacNab.