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If you're interested in our Master of Arts in Gerontology degree program, make sure you take a few minutes to see what some of our alumni and current students have to say about their time in the program:

Mary May

I am originally from Chicago, and I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern. I decided to enroll in the Master of Arts in gerontology program because of my desire to learn more about our rapidly growing older population and work as an advocate for such an amazing and dynamic group. I have always had a desire to work with older adults and as I matriculated further in my education, gerontology seemed to be the only appropriate fit for me.

I was highly impressed by the size of the program here at Eastern, as well as the dedication and compassion shown by the instructors and professors in the department. I feel no other program can compare!

Sarah Verley

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences at Eastern Illinois University in 2009. I have always had a passion for working with developmentally disabled older adults, so I chose to apply for the Master of Arts in gerontology program at Eastern Illinois University.

As older adults continue to live longer than ever before, I as a professional hope to fulfill all their needs and help them live a quality life. After I complete my thesis, I hope to become a caseworker or administrator for developmentally disabled older adults. Because so many of these individuals are not able to be heard, I hope to be their voice.

Bakari Cowan

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in consumer studies with a minor in business administration. I enrolled to Eastern Illinois University my sophomore year as a business major. Shortly after, I changed my major to family and consumer sciences. This was a decision that turned my life around. I found myself engaging in real life applications and not just book knowledge. With the dedicated professors, I was able to excel in all my endeavors.

During my last semester of undergraduate course work, I was stopped by one of my most influential professors and asked about the gerontology program. After some research, I decided this could be the path for me. With my previous ambitions to owning my own assisted living facility and consultant business and the knowledge that has bestowed upon me; as I reach the end of my graduate program, I am confident that I will be a powerful resource for our growing older population.

Mary Temples

I have just completed my first year in EIU’s gerontology program. I chose gerontology because I have always had a passion for the older adult. When growing up, I was closest to my grandmother. I have worked as a CNA, also. While attending one of my classes, I learned about the pioneer movement in nursing homes, where the resident is put first and is treated with respect and dignity, while being given the right to choices in their lives. This has become a strong focus in my education and research.

As a student, the conferences I have been able to attend on aging have been excellent. If you have a passion to work with and/or help aging adults or would like to try to change the way things are that affect older adults, this is a good program to be in.

Laura Castelon

I am from Springfield, Ill. I obtained my bachelor's degree in psychology from Benedictine University in Springfield. I decided to further my education by enrolling in the gerontology master's program at Eastern Illinois University. I had a close relationship with my grandparents and great aunts, which led to the interest in gerontology.

Once I was in the program, I found the teachers to be very friendly, approachable and helpful. The class sizes were small which allowed for a more one-on-one relationship with the teachers. This program has not only increased my knowledge, but has helped me grow as an individual.