Gerontology- Master of Gerontological Studies, Master of Population and Social Gerontology, Doctor of Philosophy, Certificate

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Scripps Gerontology Center
396 Upham Hall (513-529-2914)
www.scripps.miamioh.edu

The MGS, MPSG and Ph.D. programs are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology with support from the Scripps Gerontology Center. The Certificate Program is offered through the Scripps Gerontology Center.

Master of Gerontological Studies

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations by the graduate faculty. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must submit: (1) general test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (2) a minimum of three recommendation letters evaluating the student's academic capability, potential for success in graduate studies, and professional promise, (3) a personal statement indicating past academic and/or professional experiences, future career goals, and reasons for interest in gerontology, and (4) a resume or CV.

Program Requirements:

Core courses are offered in gerontology, with additional courses available in other departments. This program is designed for students whose interests and career goals include research or applied work in the field of gerontology.

The program requires 43 semester hours, including course work, a practicum in the field of aging, and a critical inquiry paper based on student interest.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

(43 semester hours)

All of these:

GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)

GTY 605 Gerontology Proseminar A, B, C, D (1)

GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)

GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice (3)

GTY 641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise (3)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 676 Program Management in Aging (3)

GTY 700 Critical Inquiry in Gerontology (1-6; 6 minimum)

GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (1-12; 8 minimum)

One of the following:

GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

GTY 708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics (4)

STA 671 Environmental Statistics (3)

Choice of electives:

GTY/SOC/WGS 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

GTY/BWS 572 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)

GTY 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

GTY 603 The Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 615 Readings in Gerontology (1-6)

GTY 620 Supervised Research (1-12)

GTY 684 Global Aging (3)

GTY 686 Global Health and Health Care Systems (3)

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (3)

KNH 685 Exercise, Aging, and Health Promotion (3)

POL 567 Public Budgeting (3)

POL 661 Proseminar in Public Administration (3)

SOC 535 Sociology of Death (3)

SOC 554 Formal Organizations (3)

Master of Population and Social Gerontology

Admission Requirements

Students must hold a Bachelor's degree in any field with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, or its equivalent. Applicants must submit: (1) general test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (2) a minimum of two recommendation letters evaluating the student's academic capability, potential for success in graduate studies, and professional promise, (3) a personal statement indicating past academic and/or professional experiences, future career goals, and reasons for interest in population and social gerontology, and (4) a writing sample.

Program Requirements:

Miami University and Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand) combine their specializations in social gerontology and demography to produce scholars who can meet the increasing demands of globalization and population aging.  The Miami University and Mahidol University International Joint Master’s Degree in Population and Social Gerontology is a fully integrated program that prepares students for careers in state, national, and international organizations that focus on policy, planning, and analysis of service systems for aging populations. Core courses are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University and through the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University. Applicants who are citizens of North America or EU-member nations should apply to Miami University.  Applicants who are citizens of Asia and the Pacific Region, Africa, Central/South America and elsewhere should apply to Mahidol University.

The program requires 45 credit hours, including course work, a practicum in the field of aging (non-credit), and a critical inquiry paper or thesis. The program requires two full academic years of study; one full year at each university gives students in-depth exposure to different ways of thinking about age and aging, and allows students to collaborate in generating cross cultural knowledge and solutions relevant to a range of issues in the field of aging.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

(45 credit hours)

(Year 1 at Miami University):

All of these:

GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)

GTY 605 Gerontology Proseminar A and B (1 each)

GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 684 Global Aging (3)

GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (5-10; minimum 5 if completed at Miami University)

Choice of electives (must select two):

GTY/SOC/WGS 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY/BWS 572 Race, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)

GTY 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice (3)

GTY 686 Global Health and Health Care Systems (3)

GTY 745 Sociology of Aging (3)

(Year 2 at Mahidol University):

All of these:

Substantive Demography (3)

Techniques of Demographic Analysis (3)

Cross-Cultural Context of Programs in Aging (3)

Statistics for Social Analysis (3)

Electives (optional):

Behavioral and Social Dimensions of AIDS (3)

Reproductive Health: Perspectives and Issues (3)

Economics of Aging (3)

Social Research Methodology (3)

Seminar in Population and Social Gerontology (3)

Monitoring and Evaluating Social and Health Programs in Gerontology (3)

Thesis or Critical Inquiry (Summer after Year 2) (12)

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Gerontology

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria include undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a letter or statement describing career objectives and areas of interest in gerontology, an interview, and letters of recommendation. Applicants include those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and those who have earned or are in the process of completing a master's degree. Those entering with a bachelor's degree are required to begin their studies by fulfilling the current core requirements for the Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) Program (34 semester hours). Students are accepted into the doctoral program from a range of disciplines. For students who enter with a master's degree from a discipline other than gerontology, the faculty will determine which MGS core courses must be taken as part of their doctoral studies.

Program Requirements:

In addition to the general requirements specified by the Graduate School, requirements for the Ph.D. in Social Gerontology include 60 post-master's degree credit hours consisting of 34 credit hours of course work; satisfactory performance on oral and written qualifying examinations; submission of an acceptable dissertation; and satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (dissertation defense).

Required courses

GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

GTY 702 Knowledge Construction and Advanced Theory (3)

GTY 705 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge (3)

GTY 718 Statistical Modeling in Gerontology (3)

GTY 745 Sociology of Aging (3)

GTY 709 Advanced Qualitative Research (4) or

GTY 750 Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Aging Research (1-4; maximum 20)

GTY 850 Dissertation Research (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)

Elective courses (include, but are not limited to the following)

GTY 603 The Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics (4)

GTY 715 Readings in Gerontology (1-6)

GTY 720 Individual Investigation (1-6; maximum 6)

GTY 747 Demography and Epidemiology of Aging (3)

GTY 767 Policy Analysis in an Aging Society (3)

Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

This certificate program is available to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met program prerequisites. It must be completed within five years of the date the first course was taken toward the certificate, and it is awarded upon completion of this program and a graduate degree.

This program offers (1) a general background in aging processes, problems, and issues, (2) methods of problem solving and program evaluation, and (3) in-depth study of various topics in aging.

Certificate Program Requirements:

(15 semester hours)

Both of these:

GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)*

GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (2-3) or

GTY 620 Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology (2-3)

* Foundation course; take as early as possible.

Nine to 10 semester hours from these:

GTY/SOC/WGS 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

GTY/BWS 572 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)

GTY 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

GTY 603 Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)

GTY 609 Qualitative Methods (3)

GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice (3)

GTY 641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise (3)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 676 Program Management in Aging (3)

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (3)

KNH 685 Exercise, Aging, and Health Promotion (3)

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