The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
The Certificate includes particular coursework for baccalaureate students who wish to obtain specialized gerontological knowledge about how social, psychological, bio-physiological, and economic forces interact with the aging process.
Course Location Delivery
The certificate is offered fully online.
Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
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15 credit hours are required for the certificate.
Required Core (select 6 hours from the following)
- GEY 5476 Program Evaluation in Aging Services (3)
- GEY 5630 Economics of Aging (3)
- GEY 6600 Human Development (3)
- GEY 6613 Physical Change and Aging (3)
- GEY 6626 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)
Electives (select 9 hours from the remaining cores and/or from the following)
- GEY 6206 Family Caregiver in Aging and Chronic Illness (3)
- GEY 6222 Elder Abuse Assessment and Intervention (3)
- GEY 6321 Gerontological Counseling Theory and Practice (3)
- GEY 6614 Aging and Mental Disorders (3)
- GEY 6616 Mental Health Assessment for Older Adults (3)
A longer list of electives can be found in the Academic Catalog and through consultation with the Program Director.
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University policy, all certificates have a 5-year time limit; however, 24 months is the estimated time to complete this program.
Credit Toward Graduate Decree
Course credits earned in the certificate may be applied to a master's degree in the School of Aging Studies with departmental approval.
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required. No GRE is required.
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