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

Requirements for the PhD include coursework; satisfactory performance on a written and oral qualifying examination; submission of an acceptable dissertation; and satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (dissertation defense).

Doctoral students will complete 60 post-master's credit hours, including dissertation work and 34 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

Number Title Credits
GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods 3
GTY 702 Knowledge Construction and Advanced Theory 3
GTY 705 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge 1
GTY 706 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge 1
GTY 707 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge  1
GTY 718 Statistical Modeling in Gerontology 3
GTY 745 Sociology of Aging 3
GTY 709 -or- GTY 750 Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analyses (709) or Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology (750) 4 or 4 min.
GTY 850 Dissertation Research 16 min.

Electives

Number Title Credits
GTY 684 Global Aging 3
GTY 686 Global Health and Health Systems 3
GTY 708 Methods and Statistics 4
GTY 709 Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis 4
GTY 750 Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology 1–4
GTY 709 Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analyses 4
GTY 715 Readings in Gerontology 1–5
GTY 720 Individual Investigation 1–5
GTY 747 Demography and Epidemiology 3
GTY 767 Advanced Policy Analysis 3

Additional elective courses are offered across campus in other disciplines.