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Professional Development

Graduate students in the program receive multiple opportunities to participate in professional development experiences. Common professional development experiences include attendance at statewide and national conferences, professional webinars, and EIU research fairs and symposiums. 

Research Opportunities

Students are presented with several research opportunities across varying topics of interest. Students have the ability to elect a thesis option as part of their program of study, as well as conducting research projects as part of independent study courses. Graduate research projects are frequently presented at statewide and national conferences, and research collaborations have been nationally recognized by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).


Of our required courses, all are fully online with the exception of one, which is a hybrid course that meets largely online and during one short term (on average, three consecutive half-days) face-to-face classroom. Students in Aging Studies are on track to complete their degrees in an average of 18 months (five semesters). The program flexibility allows students who are already employed to continue working while pursing their master's degree at the same time.

Supportive Environment

Students are valued in the online and face to face classrooms by both their peers and professors. The small class sizes allow the students to develop lasting relationships during their program of study. Our faculty and students value the close-knit community that has been developed through on and off campus activities. Professors mentor, challenge, and encourage students to advance and achieve high levels of success.