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Graduate Showcase

Sheila worked on an immersion program for students in the Aging Studies program. Students spend 48 hours in a nursing home - eating, sleeping and living with the residents to learn more about the experiences of older adults in the nursing home environment.

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).

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

Aging Studies Graduate candidates discuss their work in studying healthy eating in older adults through the USDA "Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults" program.


Of our eleven required courses, nine are fully online and two are hybrid - a mostly online format with additional, short-term face to face components. Students in the Aging Studies cohort sequence are on track to complete their degrees in 18 months (five semesters). During each semester, no more than two courses are required to be taken concurrently. This 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.