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Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
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Gerontology, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Gerontology is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to fill a wide variety of positions in the developing field of aging. Interdisciplinary Gerontology courses integrate materials from various disciplines. Multidisciplinary Gerontology courses are also included, requiring students to study aging from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The core of essential materials included in the required courses are augmented by the selection of elective courses in an individually designed program for each student. Students work with their advisor to develop a program that will best prepare them to meet their goals.

Potential students are encouraged to apply to begin the program in the fall semester, although applications are reviewed throughout the year. The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis with all required courses and a selection of electives offered in the evening. Some courses may require prerequisites and it is the responsibility of the candidate to meet any prerequisites (e.g., statistics is a required prerequisite for GRNT 6201 ). Students will work in conjunction with their advisor and graduate committee to design and implement their individual program.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 overall and 3.0 in courses in Gerontology
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications
  • An essay is required describing the applicant’s relevant experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study in Gerontology

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Degree Requirements

The Gerontology Program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework.  Students have a choice of completing (1) a thesis or (2) an applied project. 

Thesis Option

Students completing a thesis complete 21 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of thesis, and 9 credit hours of elective courses.  Students must also pass an oral defense of both the thesis proposal and thesis defense.

Applied Project (Non-Thesis) Option

Students completing an applied project complete 21 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of applied projects, and 12 credit hours of elective courses.  Students must also pass an oral defense of both the applied project proposal and the applied project.

Thesis/Applied Project (3-6 credit hours)

Select one of the following:


Other electives may be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Degree Total = 36 Credit Hours


Each student should select his/her Graduate Committee before completion of GRNT 6201 .

Application to Candidacy

In order to apply for Candidacy, students must have passed the Thesis or Applied Project Defense before the deadline for applying for Candidacy for the given semester.

Financial Aid/Financial Assistance

The program offers the NMR Gerontology Graduate Scholarship annually with all application materials due by June 1.

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students may be accepted into the M.A. in Gerontology program and begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.