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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Gerontological Studies requires 43 credit hours including course work, a graduate practicum and a critical inquiry.

Required Courses
Number Title Credits
GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology 3
GTY 604 Gerontology Proseminar 1 1
GTY 605 Gerontology Proseminar 2 1
GTY 606 Gerontology Proseminar 3 1
GTY 607 Gerontology Proseminar 4 1
GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry 4
GTY 609 Qualitative Research 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 700 Critical Inquiry in Gerontology 6 min.
GTY 708 Methods and Statistics 4
GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology 8 min.
Electives (include but not limited to these)
Prefix/Number Course Title Credits
GTY 556 Aging & Health 3
GTY 579 Research on Inequality in Aging & Health 3
GTY 686 Global Health and Health Care Systems 3
GTY 702 Knowledge Construction and Advanced Theory 3
GTY 709 Advanced Qualitative Research & Methods 3
GTY 718 Statistical Modeling in Gerontology 3
GTY 745 Sociology of Aging 3
GTY 747 Demography & Epidemiology of Aging 3
FSW 566 Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging 3
KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging 4
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

Additional elective courses are offered across campus in other disciplines.