Dual Degree: Master of Public Administration / Master of Science in Gerontology


The USC MPA/MSG dual degree provides students professional training to work with and understand the challenges of older persons, together with in-depth knowledge of the most effective administrative processes employed within agencies that serve this demographic.

Students spend their first year taking required courses in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Courses in the Price School of Public Policy commence during the second semester of the first year.

Students must complete 68 units, including 40 units in gerontology and 28 units in public administration.

Physiology of Development and Aging (GERO 510) – 4 units
Life Span Developmental Psychology (GERO 520) – 4 units
Life Span Developmental Sociology (GERO 530) – 4 units
Social Policy and Aging (GERO 540) – 4 units
Administration and System Management in Programs for Older Adults (GERO 550) – 4 units
Integrating Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (GERO 555) – 4 units
Field Practicum (GERO 591) – 8 units
Research Methods (GERO 593) – 4 units

Students must also complete a four-unit gerontology skills-related elective.

Policy, Planning, and Development
Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501ab) – 2-2 units
Public Administration and Society (PPD 540) – 4 units
Public Financial Management and Budgeting (PPD 541) – 4 units
Human Behavior in Public Organizations (PPD 545) – 4 units
Professional Practice of Public Administration (PPD 546) – 4 units

In addition, students select one of the following:
Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542) – 4 units
Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
Administrative Research and Analysis (PPD 666) – 4 units
Elective in USC Price – 2 units