Gerontology (M.S.)

Gerontology (M.S.)

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As a student in Gerontology, you will develop the skills necessary to assume a professional leadership role in the delivery of service to older people. You will be learning in a program that brings together theory and practice in the field through classroom instruction, service-learning, internships and other experiential activities.

Program Highlights

  • Designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • Many service learning and internship opportunities available.
  • Most classes feature a service learning option or requirement. 
  • The advance care planning facilitators certification class is co-taught with the Department of Nursing Science. 
  • Students become certified advanced care planning facilitators.
  • Program offers a graduate certificate in gerontology. 

Program Distinctions

  • State-of-the-art experiential learning equipment including age-simulation suits, vision impairment goggles, and empathy lungs designed to enhance understanding of the physical, social, and cognitive changes that may accompany the diverse experiences of aging.
  • Strong commitment to partnerships throughout the community.
  • Member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Graduates are in high demand with a more than 90 percent job placement rate for program graduates. 
  • Professor Rona Karasik was named a 2010 Distinguished Teacher by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. 

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Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring November 15 September 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Phyllis Greenberg

Popular Careers

  • Housing specialist
  • Home safety auditor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Communal living coordinator
  • Planning facilitator

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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