|Contact information||Pamela Zimmerman Program Director, Gerontology
The M.A. in Gerontology is informed by the realization that aging is multifaceted, touching every aspect of life. It is a physical, psychological, social, cultural, economic, and spiritual reality. As such, it can only be understood from a broad-based approach with the inclusion of many academic disciplines. In addition, gerontology practice requires finely honed skills in specific areas of practice. Thus, although this is a broad-based, interdisciplinary program, further specialization is developed through a well-designed thesis practicum and integrative papers.
|Award||Masters in Gerontology 36 semester credit sequence of courses|
|Delivery||The program is designed to be completed in two academic years and includes a short break in the summer. Courses are generally taken one at a time, with the exception of the Integrative Seminar and Thesis Practicum.
Classes meet one evening a week, with the exception of the Integrative Seminar and Thesis Practicum. A supportive learning community is achieved through the cohort model—a small group of students progressing through a degree program together.
|Program||The graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Provides an opportunity for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree to acquire a greater understanding of gerontology theory, research, and practice.
This certificate is designed to provide students from many backgrounds with the knowledge and training they will need to better serve older adults and/or pursue a career in gerontology. Students will explore current research and local, online, and statewide resources on aging and gerontology, and will become familiar with agencies, organizations, and programs (public and private) that offer services and fund projects that impact the aging population. The courses address key content and practice areas in the field of gerontology: social and cultural aspects of aging, adult development, construction of social policy, health, and the changing makeup of the aging population. Students will acquire knowledge, develop skills, and obtain an understanding of the field of gerontology that will prepare them to work with older adults in a variety of fields and occupations.
|Award||Graduate Certificate comprises a 15 semester credit sequence of courses|
|Delivery||The program is designed to be completed in one academic year. Courses are generally taken one at a time. Classes meet one evening a week.|