PhD in Social Gerontology

 Access to faculty.In the classroom and one-on-one,  Our students have access to some of  The best scholars in the field.  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.  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.
 Montage of photos of students on Miami’s campus: Walking through Upham arch in the fall, two photos of students interacting with faculty, a student giving a presentation, a student working with an Opening Minds through Art artist, and taking a selfie with friends on graduation day.  Montage of photos of students on Miami’s campus: Walking through Upham arch in the fall, two photos of students interacting with faculty, a student giving a presentation, a student working with an Opening Minds through Art artist, and taking a selfie with friends on graduation day.
 We mentor tomorrow's experts in aging. At Scripps, engaging gerontology students  in meaningful research projects is a priority.  We mentor tomorrow's experts in aging. At Scripps, engaging gerontology students  in meaningful research projects is a priority.
 In the 2017 academic year our students gave 26 presentations at professional conferences.  In the 2017 academic year our students gave 26 presentations at professional conferences.

Our phd graduates have 100% job placement. Click to learn more.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

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