Minimal requirements for admission to the proposed Master's Program in Gerontology include:

  1. Completed application accompanied by a non-refundable application fee.

  2. Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

  3. Two official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted beyond high school.

  4. Appropriate scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

  5. An overall grade point average of at least 2.75 on applicant's previous work beyond high school. The average of the major or basic courses prerequisite to the area of proposed graduate study should be 3.0 or higher.

  6. At least three evaluations from persons familiar with the applicant's personal and professional qualifications.

  7. An essay describing the applicant's experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study in Gerontology.


  1. Completion of at least one broad-based undergraduate course in Gerontology or completion of the Professional Development Program previously offered by the Office of Continuing Education,Extension and Summer Programs at UNC Charlotte.

  2. Statistics and appropriate background in research methods is a prerequisite for GRNT 6201. (STAT 1222, Elementary Statistics for the Social Sciences or equivalent background is recommended).

General Requirements

The Gerontology Master's Program requires 36 hours of graduate course work. In general, a maximum of six graduate hours earned prior to admission to the graduate program may be applied to the program requirements, subject to approval of the Director of the Gerontology Program. In addition to course work, each student must successfully complete an oral comprehensive exam, a Practicum and either a thesis or applied project (see either Option (a) or Option (b) on Course Requirements)


Each student in the Gerontology Master's Program is required to complete a professional field experience in the aging field. This experience is meant to provide additional hands-on experience for those who are relatively new to the field or to broaden the experience of those with extensive practical experience working with older adults. Each student will work with his/her adviser to design a Practicum which will meet his/her specific needs.

Please refer to the Gerontology Graduate Practicum Handbook for complete guidelines.