Aging Studies

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The online Master of Arts in Aging Studies program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary education for future and current professionals in gerontology. We are committed to maintaining the quality and distinction of the program that was exemplified by our recognition as a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Opportunities are available for students to gain exposure to specialized expertise in gerontological theory, research, practice, social policy issues, and the process of aging in a global and culturally diverse society. This expertise prepares students for a wide range of careers in the field of aging, including direct community and social services, program administration, mental health practice, government services, higher education, long-term care, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship.

Hours Required


Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

direct social services, adult education, long-term care, recreation/social activities, not-for-profit organizations and agencies

Research Opportunities

Working with an interdisciplinary faculty

Student Professional Organizations

AGHE--Association for Gerontology in Higher Education GSA---The Gerontological Society of America

Professional Development Opportunities

conferences, campus events

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

4 Graduate Assistantship positions


Graduate Assistantships

Scholarship Listing

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2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Dr. Harold M. & Alice D. Cavins Scholarship
EIU FCS Elderhostel Scholarship
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
Joyce S. Crouse Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants
Williams Travel Grants

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Faculty Listing

Aging Studies, Klehm Hall 2010
Contact Name: Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Graduate Coordinator
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