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Graduate Catalog: Gerontology

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

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Department: Gerontology

Graduate Director:
Dr. Phyllis Greenberg

Program Overview

A Master of Science in Gerontology prepares graduates to assume professional leadership roles in the delivery of service to older people and their support networks, in the planning of services, in the administration of services, and in the training and instruction of older people and service providers.

  • Students select from core courses in psychology and sociology of aging, as well as courses in community policy, and research methods. Additional courses will be selected to assist the student in attaining specific professional skills and knowledge.
  • An internship assures that these skills can be utilized in agencies and institutional settings. All students are expected to complete a three to six credit internship as part of the master's program.
  • Those students who have experience in service-delivery to the aging must complete their internship in a different program or setting in order to diversify their educational backgrounds. Exceptions to this restriction may be approved by the graduate advisor.


Graduates seek employment in local, state, and federal levels of government, private sector, voluntary organizations and institutions serving older people.

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. Students may be admitted for fall and spring terms.
  • A student's statement of interest, background in employment and volunteer work, as well as previous academic performance are closely examined.
  • Undergraduate course work in gerontology, or equivalent, along with statistics and research methods are highly recommended before enrollment in relevant advanced course work.

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three to four semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate assistants do a variety of activities, including assisting faculty with courses, newsletters, Web page maintenance and research.