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.

We are working to develop pathways to 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.

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 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 - Nine elective credits in the MPH can be fulfilled by Gerontology Graduate Certificate courses for those co-enrolled in both programs.  One more graduate gerontology class would need to be completed in order to earn both the MPH and Gerontology Graduate Certificate.  Contact the MPH Director for details.

*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.