48 credit hours
The Master of Arts in gerontology is designed for practicing professionals in the fields of gerontology and health for challenges associated with an aging population in the global environment. Current curriculum content is based upon recommendations found in the standards and guidelines for gerontology programs prepared and presented by the Association of Gerontology programs in higher education.
Graduate alumni from the Gerontology Program serve as directors of retirement housing complexes, managers of senior centers, nursing home administrators, researchers, founders of home health agencies, and a range of other careers dedicated to serving older individuals. The aim of the program is to provide a solid foundation in the theories and research in gerontology.
To earn a Master of Arts Degree in Gerontology, students are required to successfully complete four core clusters, an elective cluster (selected to best serve the student's chosen area of specialization), and a three-semester-hour capstone course.
While not a requirement, students may add to their educational experience by completing an internship in gerontology. Internships are taken toward the end of the program or currently with the capstone. Internships are taken in addition to course requirements.
Graduate Sociology of Aging Cluster
Graduate Community Organization Cluster
|IGE 52000||Community Organization and Resource Allocation||
|IGE 52100||Social Policy in Gerontology||
|IGE 52200||Service Provision to the Elderly||
Graduate Geriatric Assessment Cluster
Graduate Research Methods Cluster
Elective cluster, select one of the following
Graduate Issues of Aging Cluster
Graduate Long-term Care Cluster
or any Healthcare Administration Cluster (9 hours) with the approval of the Gerontology program director.
Students must also complete:
In addition to their required course work students may take an optional Gerontology Internship.