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PhD 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–builds scholars and educators who can meet the challenges, demands, and opportunities presented by global aging. As a graduate of the doctoral program, you will be prepared to teach and conduct research in institutions of higher education, and hold positions in policy or service organizations.

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 older adults
  • Helps students establish networks for professional development and career planning