Master of Arts Program

Program Requirements

A Master of Arts Degree in Gerontology includes 30 credit hours, which can be completed in four semesters of coursework. Students are required to complete a 12- credit core of Gerontology courses, and then select an additional 15 credit hours, from coursework, internships, directed readings, or directed research. Finally, students are required to complete a 3-hour capstone experience to meet degree requirements. This degree can be completed online.

Required Courses:

  • GEY 5476 Program Evaluation in an Aging Society (3)
  • GEY 6600 Human Development (3)
  • GEY 6613 Physical Change and Aging (3)
  • GEY 6626 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)

Internship and Capstone Experience 

Following completion of the required 12- credit coursework, there is a Capstone Experience (3 credit hours) to integrate key concepts and information in the field of gerontology. This course must be taken and passed by all students in the MA program. Internships are available for students who need practical experience in the field of aging.

Online Electives (15 Hours)

  • GEY 5504 Assisted Living Facilities Management (3)
  • GEY 5630 Economics of Aging (3)
  • GEY 6206 Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness (3)
  • GEY 6222 Elder Abuse Assessment & Intervention (3)
  • GEY 6614 Aging and Mental Disorders (3)
  • GEY 6616 Mental Health Assessment & Intervention with Older Adults (3)
  • GEY 6617 Gerontological Counseling Theories & Practice (3)
  • GEY 6901 Directed Reading in Gerontology (3)
  • GEY 6910 Directed Research in Gerontology (3)
  • GEY 6940 Field Placement (1-6)

Additional Electives 

From time to time, additional electives may be offered as a selected topics course online or as an in-person class at the Tampa campus. Please consult with the MA program director for those course offerings.


For a select number of competitive students, assistantships or other opportunities may be available.