Students enrolled in the Doctorate of Longevity Arts and Sciences (DLAS) will learn about the human potential for healthspan, lifespan and meaning. This program seeks to provide a framework to advance the concept of meaning-making through the biological, sociological and psychological sciences. This program will allow high-achieving individuals to obtain a rigorous academic experience to enhance their capabilities for greater social contributions based on their accumulated knowledge and wisdom within an aging framework. The DLAS seeks to enrich individuals' understanding of their own aging experience as well as that of society at large. The program is designed to help individuals develop a wide range of skills including program and policy development that may serve the betterment of our communities, state and nation. In addition, the program prepares individuals to understand their own potential and abilities to lead change and make contributions both intellectually and creatively as they age. Doctoral candidates may choose their own pathway to complete a final summative project.
Professional Advisory Committee
By the end of the first year in the program, students will be expected to choose an advisory committee comprised of three Davis School of Gerontology faculty members. With permission of the advisory committee a fourth member may be added from outside of the Davis School.
The minimum number of units required for the Doctorate of Longevity Arts and Sciences is 60, as follows: