Dec 02, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Master of Science, Gerontology/Juris Doctor (MS/JD)


The JD/MS dual degree combines the knowledge of the older population with understanding of the legal system. The program prepares graduates for a number of roles in both public and private sector organizations. Students are required to complete 112 units of course work, 76 from the law school and 36 from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. The first year is devoted to required law courses, and the second, third and fourth years combine gerontology and law courses.

Gerontology Requirements

The Master of Science in Gerontology will require 36 units of course and field work that cover the core content of the MS program.


The Davis School of Gerontology will waive 16 units of electives, which are required in the regular MS program, as well as GERO 589  Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management because students enrolled in this program have a primary professional focus in law.

Law School Requirements

The law school requires 76 units of credit.

Elective Course Work

The second and third year of law study are primarily elective with one requirement. Students must satisfy the upper division writing requirement, either by completing a major, faculty-supervised writing project such as a dissertation, or by taking a course with a substantial writing component.

The law school will waive 14 units of electives, which are required in the regular JD program.