The Gerontology MA or certificate is not currently accepting applications.

The Master of Arts in Gerontology prepares students to understand the diversity among older adults and how to address the unique challenges they face. Our graduates will:

UNDERSTAND OLDER ADULT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS CONTEXTS

Navigate the intersections of adult development, aging in families, health and nutrition, and public policy

EVALUATE AGING POLICY AND PRACTICES

Use research to design and support programs and policies that help older adults and their families

USE A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE TO SUPPORT SUCCESSFUL AGING

Examine the complex lives of older adults from many angles and create solutions with specialized knowledge about this growing demographic

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts – 36 total credits

Required Courses (24 credits)

HDFS 7252: Adult Development (3)
HDFS 7255: Economics, Public Policy, & Aging (3)
HDFS 7256: Environments and Aging (3)
HDFS 7257: Aging in the Family (3)
HDFS 8251: Perspectives in Gerontologya (3)
HDFS 8253: Physical Health in Aging (3)
HDFS 8254: Gerontology Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
HDFS 8258: Professional Seminar in Gerontology (3)

Suggested Electives* (up to 12 credits)

HDFS 7259: Mental Health & Aging (3; Spring)
HDFS 7261: Biological Principles of Aging (3; Fall)
HDFS 8221: Gerontechnology (3; Fall)
HDFS 8087: Sexuality and Aging (3; Summer)
HDFS 8087: Cognitive Health (3; Summer)
*Or any other adviser-approved course

Independent Capstone Effort (choose 1 option):

HDFS 8972: Internship (variable credits, consult your adviser)
HDFS 8999: Comprehensive Exam (no course credit assigned)

No course credit is assigned to the exam option. Students typically complete the exam during their final semester of coursework. The Internship option is available by special approval only. Students must submit a formal petition to their adviser to enroll in the Internship option.

aHDFS 8251 should be completed in the first semester of enrollment.

NOTE: Up to 6 credits can be transferred from other graduate programs, if your adviser deems the courses relevant.

Careers

Graduates from Gerontology work in a variety of settings that improve the lives of older adults.

  • Adult education
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Interior design / architectural design
  • Community senior services
  • Health care services
  • Assisted living or long-term care facilities
  • County Extension offices
  • Public policy
  • Government agencies