Access to faculty: in the classroom and one-on-one, our students have access to some of the best scholars in the field.
Where are they Now? Our recent MGS graduates are working in aging services and administration; employed in aging-related research, government or private sector positions; and earning advanced degrees.
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In 2015 more than 60% of our full-time gerontology graduate students gave presentations at professional conferences.

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 generally choose one of three directions: research/academic work, policy, or non-social work direct services. Graduates hold jobs in a range of public and private settings as program or facility administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and trainers. New job opportunities for well-trained gerontologists are constantly emerging. About one-half of MGS graduates go on to pursue a PhD at some point in their career.

The MGS curriculum provides students with:

  • A thorough background in theory, policy, and research in social gerontology
  • Hands-on experience through an individualized and supervised field practicum (domestic or abroad)
  • Opportunities to interact with professionals in the field of aging through research experiences and informal mentoring

Our program:

  • Provides assistantships to full-time students (tuition waivers with stipends) based on academic qualifications and availability of funds
  • Supports international study and research opportunities for interested students
  • Offers students administrative, policy, and research experiences that impact the lives of aging adults
  • Helps students establish networks for professional development and career planning

A recent survey of over 100 alumni revealed that 34% had a job prior to completing the program; 83% had a job within 6 months of graduating, and 90% had secured a job within a year of graduation.