Master of Science in Gerontology
UIndy's Aging Studies program prepares you to be a leader who is able to apply knowledge and skills about "best practices” for enhanced quality of life for older adults and their families. You'll learn both basic theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to promote a positive and holistic view of aging.
The Master of Science in Gerontology addresses the needs of traditional, non-traditional, and post-professional students who want to enhance their knowledge of aging populations and develop key skills needed for working with older adults. It has been named a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Self-paced—you choose how many classes to take at a time. You have up to five years to complete the program. 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.
Program Length & Curriculum
The program is 36 credit hours (12 classes), consisting of the following:
- 15 credit hours: 4 core courses + 1 required skills course
- 9 credit hours: 3 concentration area/specialty track courses, including 1 primary concentration course of either Aging in Place or Applied Public Policy + any 2 other concentration courses of choice
- 3 credit hours: 1 additional skills course of choice
- 6 credit hours: 2 elective courses (concentration courses may also be taken as electives)
- 3 credit hours: capstone project
Note: A 3-credit practicum is required for students who have not had previous experience working or volunteering with the older adult population.
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Tuition for the 2017-18 school year is $508 per credit hour. Students purchase or rent their own books and course materials.
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When can I start?
Classes run on a regular semester schedule. Students can begin the program in August, January, or May.
The Master of Science in Gerontology program at the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community has earned the Program of Merit (POM) designation from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Program of Merit status is awarded after the program has undergone a voluntary review by AGHE and has been found to meet or exceed national guidelines, expectations and practices in gerontology education. To learn more about POM, visit the AGHE website.