NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Online Degrees

M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology



May 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Preregistration required

Get in-depth program information and have your questions answered.



Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

Gerontology is an emerging area with job opportunities in areas related to health promotion, education, research, inter-generational activities, senior centers, and retirement communities.

Students enrolled in the gerontology program will: gain knowledge of the physical, mental and social changes associated with aging; investigate societal changes due to an aging population; apply obtained knowledge to policies and programs; and improve career options.

Two major tracks for working in the field of Gerontology are available:

Direct Service: involves working directly with older persons in such areas as health promotion programs, inter-generational activities for older persons, senior centers, or retirement communities. Direct care to frail elderly, counseling older persons and their families, and assisting persons with financial and personal preparation for retirement are also areas of direct service that need trained professionals.

Education and Research: Gerontologists can also work in education and research. This can include evaluating community-based services; conducting research on the aging process and social and developmental aspects of aging; teaching students, professionals, and older adults and their families about aging; aging policy development; and program planning and administration.


Gerontology Brochure.pdf


We also offer a 21 credit online Gerontology Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.


Back to top



Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses:

Elective Courses: (6 - 9 CREDITS)

During the final year of study, students choose from the following:

Total Credits : 36


Back to top



Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will be added at a later date.



Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology bulletin page.




Apply for admission
View Getting Started Guide

For current admission requirements, visit the M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology bulletin page.


Back to top




View Great Plains IDEA tuition and fee information.



Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-8269
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/hdfs/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


Back to top