Graduate Studies

Why consider graduate study in Gerontology at Miami University?

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Engage in collaborative scholarship

Our students publish and present, often in collaboration with faculty, Scripps research staff, and one another.

View recent student publications list

See presentation list from a national gerontology conference

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Pursue a variety of career paths and find success on the job market

Our MGS and PhD graduates are successful in landing jobs in a variety of positions soon after graduation. 

View examples of jobs secured by our graduates soon after graduation


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Use your degree to make a positive difference

Our students pursue degrees in gerontology to make a difference for older people and our aging society.

See how our gerontology alumni are making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic


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Interact with peers with a wide range of academic interests

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and pursue a wide range of interests.

Check out titles of our students’ dissertations and master’s final papers

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Learn from knowledgeable and caring faculty

Miami is home to some of the top gerontology experts in the world. Our faculty are recognized not only for their research and scholarship, but also for their teaching and mentoring.

Meet our gerontology faculty

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Enjoy the benefits of small-town living

Miami is well known for its beautiful campus and the small City of Oxford has much to offer year-round.

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Miami offers two 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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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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