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Master of Science and Graduate Certificate of Gerontology

Our graduate programs in Gerontology give you the knowledge and expertise you need to improve the quality of life for older adults. Courses are offered 100 percent online and combine scholarly and professional perspectives. Candidates foster a deeper understanding of the aging process and the issues that arise in an aging society.  Our courses are eligible for continuing education credits (CEUs) for social workers, psychologists, and counselors in Maryland and Pennsylvania and all certified senior advisors.


The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Gerontology provides a rich interdisciplinary knowledge base that increases your ability to fulfill leadership roles in the public and private sector. If you are already a professional in the field and would like formal education to augment your hands-on experience, or if you already have a master's degree but want an emphasis in Gerontology, you may elect to start a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. All courses in the certificate program for which you earn the grade of “B” or better can be transferred into the M.S. program.

M.S. in Gerontology

The M.S. program in Gerontology requires successful completion of between 30 and 36 semester hours and provides candidates with state-of- the-art instruction and many hands-on and application-oriented activities to maximize understanding of the interconnectedness of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of aging.

This program of study will help you:

  • master an interdisciplinary approach to studying gerontology and improve your ability to work with a diverse population of older adults and their families
  • develop an area of expertise which will prepare you for professional positions focused on improving the quality of life for our aging population
  • become an advocate for elders and assume a leadership role to improve quality of later life in the public or private sector

In addition, you will develop the skills you need to:

  • better understand the complex interrelations among aging, health and social structure
  • assess, interpret and apply gerontological research findings
  • effectively communicate gerontological concepts in oral and written form
  • develop your research and/or teaching portfolio

 

Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The graduate certificate program in Gerontology requires 18 semester hours: 12 semester hours are core courses in gerontology, and the remaining six semester hours can be selected from any electives related to your area of professional/personal interest. It is designed for existing professionals in the senior service sector; professionals and others considering a career with elders; and individuals whose work or personal responsibilities include contact or working with elders. Our program will build upon and augment your existing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values to advance your specialist knowledge and assist you to incorporate a person-centered approach in your work with elders and their families.

M.S. in Gerontology

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Contact information for three references
  • Personal goal statement

Degree requirements:

  • 30-36 semester hours (12-15 credit hours in core courses, a 3-credit internship, 12 credit hours in electives, and a six-credit hour Thesis or extended Capstone Paper)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below a grade of “C”

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university

Certificate Requirements:

  • 18 semester hours in a selected area of specialization (nine credit hours in core courses, 6 credit hours in electives , and either a three 3-credit internship or an independent project related to selected specialization).
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below a grade of “C”

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year, but the College recommends candidates submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:

Fall Session I – by or before August 1 for the August 28 start date
Fall Session II - by or before September 25 for the October 23 start date
Spring Session I - by or before December 15 for the January 8 start date
Spring Session II - by or before February 15 for the March 12 start date
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters, so candidates wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.

Master’s Courses


GRN 506: Biology of Aging (3 credits)
This course examines the physiological, genetic, nutritional, and other biological aspects of the aging human body. Course will include the impact of disease, stress, neurological and endocrinology change, as well as research being done at the molecular, cellular, metabolic, and population levels to increase and promote the heath of the aging population.

 

GRN 517: Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
This course provides a specific focus on aspects of aging of interest to psychologists, including health psychology, learning and memory, intellectual behaviors, personality, psychopathology and clinical intervention. This course draws information from the traditional specialties of the psychology of aging mentioned above, as well as from health and social gerontology. In addition, research methodology specific to aging and aging theories will be reviewed and integrated into the course to gain a better understanding of older adults.

 

GRN 527: Aging in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
This course examines aging from both macro and micro perspectives. The implications of social and cultural change on aging individuals will be explored in addition to the effects of the aging population on the greater society. Students will gain an understanding of the applied and theoretical issues in aging from a sociological perspective through an examination of roles, relationships and related social institutions. Patterns of diversity in the aging population will be considered, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender. Ethical issues associated with an aging society will also be examined, including clinical care of older adults.

 


Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate Courses


GRN 501: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gerontology (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the bio-psycho-social changes of aging. The course will implement a life course framework examining changing age structures, the aging of the individual and society. Included in discussion will be theories and research exploring aging from an individual and societal perspective. Stereotyping, age discrimination, social policies, and career opportunities will also be addressed.

 

GRN 506: Biology of Aging (3 credits)
This course examines the physiological, genetic, nutritional, and other biological aspects of the aging human body. Course will include the impact of disease, stress, neurological and endocrinology change, as well as research being done at the molecular, cellular, metabolic, and population levels to increase and promote the heath of the aging population.

 

GRN 507: Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
This course examines the connection between the sociological forces and psychological challenges involved in the process of aging. A developmental perspective addressing infancy through old age is presented, with an emphasis on the changes, which occur in later adulthood. Issues such as ageism, retirement, elder abuse, and death and dying are considered.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has targeted the field of Gerontology as one of the highest occupational growth areas. Graduates of this program can obtain managerial and administrative roles in the following industries and organizations:

• community, human services and religious organizations

• healthcare and long-term care institutions

• local, state and federal agencies

• retirement communities

• academic and educational institutions

• aging research institutions

  1. Is this program offered 100 percent online?

Yes, this program can be taken totally online.

Why McDaniel

What makes McDaniel such a compelling choice for embarking on a graduate program? It comes down to an ideal combination of individual attention, convenient scheduling, and highly competitive tuition rates. We're proud of our proven track record of successful students.

Convenience

Many of our students perform a daily balancing act of career and personal life, so we designed our course schedules to account for that. McDaniel offers courses and degrees 100% online as well as traditional face-to-face programs. Pick whichever best suits your educational and scheduling needs.

Competitive Tuition

Investing in yourself and your future marketability is important, but it shouldn’t be out of reach. Our tuition is competitive with other private graduate school programs throughout the country. Additionally, McDaniel charges no additional fees to out of state online learners. Let us show you how affordable McDaniel is.

Faculty

Our well-balanced synthesis of instructors are thought leaders who draw their course content from best practices in the field.

Accreditation

McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

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