M.S. in Gerontology



McDaniel College’s graduate program in Gerontology gives students the knowledge and expertise they need to improve the quality of life for older adults. Classes are offered 100% online and combine both 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.

M.S. in Gerontology Course Catalog »

Get your degree online or on campus

McDaniel offers three ways to obtain your M.S. in Gerontology. You can take classes entirely at the Westminster campus or completely online, and there is also a hybrid option if you’d like to take classes both on campus and online. We also offer a Specialist in Aging graduate certificate program, which 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.

This certificate program is designed for existing professionals in the senior service sector; those considering a career with elders; and individuals whose work or personal responsibilities include contact or working with elders. All courses in the certificate program for which you earn the grade of “B” or better can be transferred into the M.S. program.

Gerontology courses

McDaniel offers small class sizes so that students can receive individual attention from professors. As a student in the program, you would start off taking core classes such as Biology of Aging, then move into courses such as Aging in a Diverse Society, and then finally present a master’s thesis.

Through these courses, you will:

  • 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

Graduate student involvement

Students within the program have full access to the Center for the Study of Aging and are encouraged to participate in various workshops and seminars offered throughout the year. Beyond that, there are opportunities for students to improve upon presentation and research skills.

In addition to the CSA, there are many other ways to get involved. McDaniel has a Gerontology Club that meets regularly to discuss topics in the field and the Center for Experience and Opportunity also offers other ways for students to become involved in community engagement.

Gerontology outcomes

Our program 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

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. Want to learn more? Request more information now!

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”


Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions regarding the program: 410-857-2516

Career Opportunities for Graduates

By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, expanding the size of the older population to 1 in every 5 residents. With this projection, children will be outnumbered for the first time in U.S. history according to Aaron Guest of GSA Connect. Be prepared to work and care for a growing community through the M.S. in Gerontology program. Completers of the master's 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

Summer 2019 Application Deadline is April 30th

Fall 2019 Application Deadline is July 31st

Spring 2020 Application Deadline is December 15th

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and official supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. This allows for the application to be processed and reviewed, for account creation, and for registration into classes. The following dates reflect when registration opens for each term.

Summer Semester – April 1
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – December 1

Students are assigned an advisor who will guide them as to which courses they will be taking each semester. Anyone admitted after the opening of registration may be placed on a wait list for certain desired courses.


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.

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See what The Center for the Study of Aging has to offer!

• Provides students with a rich interdisciplinary knowledge base that prepares, supports, and enhances their 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.

• Gain knowledge and practical skills that you can apply on the job with convenient online and in-person delivery options that fit your busy schedule.

• Social workers in PA and MD and psychologists in PA can earn CEUs.

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