M.S. in Gerontology

 Gerontology Buzz Baker candid with student illustration


The Master of Science program in Gerontology provides you with a rich interdisciplinary knowledge base that prepares, supports, and enhances your ability to fulfill leadership roles in the public and private sectors when gerontology knowledge and expertise is essential to improve the quality of life for older adults. Courses are offered at the Westminster campus, online or in a hybrid format that allows you to take courses both ways.

If you aren’t sure that you want to commit to a full M.S. program at this time, you may elect to start with the 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.

Key Features of the Gerontology program include:

• Prepares, supports, and enhances your ability to work with a diverse population of older adults.

• Provides opportunities for you to develop an area of expertise which will prepare you for professional positions focused on improving the quality of life for older adults.

• Provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying gerontology so you are better prepared in their approach to geriatric care.

• Prepares you to assume leadership roles in the public and private sector.

In addition, you will develop skills 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.

• Apply interdisciplinary gerontological knowledge to work with older adults in your chosen area of concentration.

Why McDaniel

• Offers a five-year B.A./M.S. program. 
• Offers convenient schedules and delivery options to fit your busy schedule.
• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.
• Small class size and individual attention that the professors provide students.
• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 2.5 minimum GPA required.

• Personal Goal Statement describing your academic and career goals

• Three official letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

• The Master of Science degree in Gerontology requires completion of 36 semester hours (15 credit hours in core courses, a 3-credit independent learning component, 12 credit hours in electives, and a 6-credit hour Thesis or extended Capstone Project)

• Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below a grade of "C”


Diane Martin, Ph.D., Director

Diane Martin, Ph.D., Director
The Center for the Study of Aging
Program Coordinator, Gerontology

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Completers of the graduate certificate in Gerontology 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

• Business and industry

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students 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 Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

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


1. Is this program offered 100% online?
Yes, we do have a version of the program that can be taken totally online.

2. Can I mix online and face-to-face classes?
Yes, please be sure to let your advisor know that you are planning to take courses both ways.

3. I started the program online (or) face-to-face. Can I switch to the other version of the program?
Yes, please be sure to consult with your advisor before doing so.