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Graduate Showcase

Sheila Greuel worked on an immersion program for students in the gerontology program. Students spent 48 hours in a nursing home eating, sleeping and living with the residents learning how older adults might feel living in the nursing home.

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 the EIU Annual Aging Studies Research Speaker Series.

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.


Classes are offered evenings, weekends, and online. Typical full time students complete their degree program in three to four semesters. Most working students finish their degree requirements in two to three years. With the interdisciplinary focus, students have more elective options, allowing for a more personally tailored program.

Supportive Environment

Students are valued in the classroom by both their peers and professors. The small class sizes allow the students to develop lasting relationships and individuality 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.