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Graduate Catalog | 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide graduate education in Gerontology for those who already have a graduate degree in another field, those currently completing a graduate degree in another field, who are interested in working with older adults, and others seeking a credential to work in the aging field. It requires completion of a set of core and elective courses related to the study of aging. Applications for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology are considered as they are received and admissions are ongoing. Students are admitted to the Graduate School in a special category for certificate students.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to a certificate program, applicants must provide:

  • Official transcripts of all baccalaureate and graduate work attempted.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s professional and personal qualifications. These letters may be waived if the student is already enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program.
  • An essay describing the applicant’s relevant experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study in Gerontology.

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program requires completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate coursework related to aging and older adults.

Elective Courses


Secondary elective courses may also be chosen from other appropriate courses as offered with the approval of the Gerontology Graduate Program Director.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is not accepted toward a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program.