About the Program
Awards and Achievements
Our gerontology program has been designated a national program of merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The designation provides gerontology programs with an AGHE stamp of approval administrators can use to verify program quality. As of 2010, there are only two master's degree programs in the United States bearing this designation.
Our program also has the distinction of being awarded "first choice" graduate program status at the university. First choice programs earn this distinction through a rigorous evaluation process, which consists of five evaluation areas.
This status, earned through a multiyear, university-level review process, helps assure strong academics, qualified faculty and well-prepared graduates.
Gerontology students come with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including psychology, sociology, family and consumer sciences, health studies and biology. Our students include both traditional and non-traditional students enrolled part-time or full-time in the program.
Program graduates have gone on to careers including advocacy roles, policy work and hands-on interaction with other adults. For a more in-depth discussion of the program from students in the program, please see the prospective students section of our website.
The program faculty represents many disciplines. Included are sociology, health studies, psychology, education, family and consumer sciences and anthropology.
The instructors in our core courses are all full-time university faculty with doctorates in their respective fields. Our faculty is active in both research and community collaboration endeavors and is very accessible to students.