Gerontology Graduate Certificate and Graduate Degree Pathways

The Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology is designed to provide supplementary graduate education in Gerontology.  The certificate is designed for those who seek supplemental education in aging, for those who already have a graduate degree in another field, or those completing a graduate degree in another field.  The certificate program requires the completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate level coursework in core and elective courses related to the study of aging and older adults. The program can typically be completed in 12 months. 

Additional information is available in the course catalog. 

Beginning Fall Semester 2020 qualifying undergraduate students can apply for Early Entry into the Gerontology Graduate Certificate and double count up to 6 Gerontology graduate credit hours towards the Gerontology Graduate Certificate and undergraduate electives - saving time and money.

We are working to develop pathways between the Gerontology Graduate Certificate and multiple graduate programs on campus.  These pathways will provide an opportunity for students to complete our Gerontology Graduate Certificate along with another degree.  Current Pathways exists with:

Master of Arts in Counseling - Twelve elective credits in the MA can be fulfilled by the Georntology Graduate Certificate for those co-enrolled in both programs.  Please note CSLG 6205 will also count as a Health Elective with a peition.  We are working on permanent curriculum changes for this course.  Counseling MA Students must take this particular course.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - Twelve elective credits in the MA can be fulfilled by the Gerontology Graduate Certificate for those co-enrolled in both programs.  This degree allows for 21 elective credits in their 30 credit degree - allowing for additional gerontology courses to be taken*.  Students might consider adding in the Gerontology Graduate Practicum as a way to expand their hands-on experience in aging programs and services.

Master of Arts in Psychology - Twelve elective credits in the MA can be fulfilled by the Gerontology Graduate Certificate for those co-enrolled in both programs.

Master of Health Administration - The six elective credits required for the MHA can be fulfilled by courses that also meet requirements for the Gerontology Graduate Certificate.  Early Entry MHA students usually have space when moving into the full MHA program to complete the Gerontology Graduate Certificate. More information can be found in the MHA Manual.

Master of Public Administration - Twelve elective credits in the MPA can be fulfilled by the Gerontology Graduate Certificate for those co-enrolled in both programs.

Master of Public Health - MPH students enrolled in the Gerontology Graduate Certificate program by the end of their first year, may be eligible to substitute some of their certificate credits for their MPH electives. Please contact the MPH Program Director for details.

Pathways are in development with the following programs.  Please check back for details or contact the Gerontology Program Director:

  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology

*Please note that if you have an interest in teaching Gerontology, you must have a graduate degree which includes completion of 18 graduate credit hours in gerontology.  It is possible to do this with the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree. Please speak with the Program or Graduate Director for details.