Graduate Studies

Learning from the Best

Miami is home to some of the top gerontology experts and graduate programs in the world. That means you’ll be learning from the best minds in the field as you study in one of the best programs in the world. 

World Class Graduate Education and Outstanding Research

Our graduate programs are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and enhanced by the strong connection with the Scripps Gerontology Center. As a gerontology graduate student you will benefit from the rich Scripps research agenda and opportunities to work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty and researchers on grant-funded projects.  At Miami University, and in the gerontology programs, we embrace the higher education goal of nurturing critical and creative thinkers.  For us this means fully integrating world class graduate education with outstanding research.

Miami offers several graduate programs in gerontology:

Master of Gerontological Studies

The Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) degree prepares you for work in a wide variety of aging-related fields. MGS graduates hold jobs in a range of public and private settings as administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates and trainers. New job opportunities for well-trained gerontologists are constantly emerging. Many of our graduates go on to pursue doctoral degrees.

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Master of Population and Social Gerontology

The Master of Population and Social Gerontology (MPSG) is the first of its kind in the world and offers unprecedented opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration. The program prepares you for careers in state, national, and international organizations that focus on research, policy, planning, and analysis of service systems for aging populations. Offered as a joint degree through Miami and Mahidol Universites, you spend the first year studying at Miami and the next year at Mahidol, just outside of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Doctorate in Social Gerontology

Our doctoral program encourages you to integrate knowledge and research methods from a range of behavioral and social sciences in your study of social gerontology. Our program–the first in the state of Ohio, and among the first in the nation–prepares scholars and educators who can meet the challenges, demands, and opportunities presented by global aging. You will be prepared to teach and conduct research in institutions of higher education, and hold positions in policy or service organizations.

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