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To earn a Master of Arts in gerontology, either 36 semester hours with thesis or 36 semester hours with comprehensive written and oral examinations are required. Also required are the following graduate level courses, each worth three semester hours:

EDF 5590

Educational Response to Third Age Learning This course will examine, from an education/learning perspective, adult education with a focus on the third-age (55+) student. Principles of adult learning and educational practices will be discussed along with organizations/individuals providing education activities to third-age learners.

FCS 5846

Administration of Human Services Programs Includes information on development, implementation and administration of programs for individuals and families across the life span; strategic planning; legislation and public policy; grantsmanship and funding; working with boards, councils and volunteers; facilities planning; program evaluation; networking; program accountability and evaluation.

FCS 5900

Research Methods Research techniques in writing, interpreting, and evaluating family and consumer sciences research.

KSS 5225

Physical Activity and Aging This course includes information on theories of physical aging, functional changes in humans with aging and effects of both short term and chronic physical activity upon aging systems. Indications and contraindications of activity for older persons are discussed.

PSY 5540

Psychological Processes in the Aged An in-depth study of age-related changes, in the elderly, in such psychological processes as learning, memory, sensation, perception, intelligence, adjustment and personality. Prerequisite — PSY 2000 or instructor’s permission.

FCS 5100

Societal Aspects of Gerontology Review of current social gerontological theories and research; consideration of structural aspects of the social order as related to the aging process. Prerequisites and Notes — Admission to the gerontology master's degree program or permission of the instructor.

FCS 5400

Aging Policy in Action -This course will examine the historical development, current application, and future trends of public policy as they relate to the well-being of aging individuals. Policy processes at the state and national levels will be holistically explored and analyzed so that strengths and weaknesses of current age-related policies and proposals for change can be critically evaluated.

____ 5895

Internship Can be done through any of the above departments (EDF, FCS,KSS, PSY, SOC).

Thesis, independent study and Special Problems in Gerontology are offered in most of the cooperating academic units. In addition to the core courses, you will select 10-12 hours of electives approved by your adviser.


Graduate students have the opportunity to select additional electives outside the core group, allowing them to focus their study plan in the direction of administration or family services. These electives allow students to gain knowledge complementary to their career goals.

Electives may be selected from the five core departments as well as the School of Business and the Department of Political Science. Additional units may be taken outside these departments in order to complement the student's career goals. Students may elect to take these additional hours after consulting an adviser.

Graduate Assistantships

Applications for graduate assistantships are due to Jacquelyn Frank, program coordinator, by Feb. 15. In addition to the completed application form, three letters of reference addressing the applicant's aptitude and interest in working with older people should be requested and mailed directly to the program coordinator.