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Awards and Achievements

Our Aging Studies program has been designated a national Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). This prestigious designation provides aging studies programs with an AGHE stamp of approval to verify program quality. The M.A. in Aging Studies at Eastern Illinois University is 1 of only 4 graduate degree programs in the U.S. to hold this designation.


Aging Studies students come with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Some examples include: family and consumer sciences, psychology, sociology, health studies, kinesiology, biology, and nursing. Graduates of the program are succeeding in careers entailing advocacy roles, policy work, administrative leadership positions, and direct care client services with other adults. 


Our Aging Studies faculty represent multiple academic units at Eastern Illinois University: Family and Consumer Sciences, Communication Studies, Education, Health Studies, Kinesiology, and Psychology. Our faculty members are active in both research and community collaboration endeavors. To learn more about our Aging Studies faculty members, please visit their EIU profile websites.