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At a Glance

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program is open to students who have a Bachelor's degree or higher. The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals who have an interest in the aging population or who may currently work in the field of aging, but would like to increase or formalize their knowledge. The Certificate program will:

  • Provide you with a knowledge base that prepares, supports and enhances your ability to work with a diverse population of older adults
  • Prepare you for professional positions serving older adults
  • Provide the academic background and experience required to pursue advanced studies in gerontology at the master's level
  • Emphasize a broad, interdisciplinary approach regarding an aging population
  • Enable you to fulfill leadership roles in the public and private sectors where knowledge and expertise regarding aging populations is imperative
  • Emphasize the importance and relevance of the relationship between aging populations in the community and other professional providers

Credits earned in the Certificate program may be applied to the Master's degree in Gerontology, or may be eligible for transfer into another graduate or post-professional program, plan of study, or curriculum.


Self-paced—you choose how many classes to take at a time. You have up to three years to complete the certificate. All classes are offered online. You can expect to interact with older adults in your community, engage in a curriculum that includes interactive media, and participate in discussions with classmates and experts from various backgrounds and locations around the world.

Learn more about online learning ►

Program Length & Curriculum

The program is 18 credit hours (6 classes), consisting of the following:

  • 4 core courses + 1 required skills course
  • 1 electives (one of which must be a practicum if the student does not have previous experience working with an older population)

View the course descriptions for specific course information. ►

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(Select your term and choose "Gerontology" for the subject)


Tuition for 2017-18 is $508 per credit hour. Students purchase or rent their own books and course materials.
Get information about financial aid for graduate students ►

When can I start?

Classes run on a regular semester schedule. Students can begin the program in August, January, or May.