Certificate Programs

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.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process and access the application, please review our application process.




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.

Standardized Tests

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.


Megan Anthony, MLIS
(813) 974-9740


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