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Information Session: Why earn a master’s degree in gerontology?

Posted on May, 07 2014

Information Session: Why earn a master's degree in gerontology?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
11:30  to 11:50 a.m. Central Time

FREE to attend but participants must pre-register.



Statistics from the Census Bureau indicate that in 2030, when all of the baby boomers will be 65 and older, nearly one in five U.S. residents is expected to be 65 and older.  Businesses, government agencies, service organizations, educational institutions, and self-employed professionals from every economic sector are recognizing the need for specialized knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this changing demographic. Because of the increasing aging population, gerontology is a field that will likely provide solid career options.

Join representatives from NDSU's Human Development & Family Science and Distance & Continuing Education departments for a live, online presentation about the online M.S. in HDFS: Gerontology option as well as the online Gerontology Graduate Certificate.  Get your questions answered by Heather Fuller-Iglesias, Ph.D. from the gerontology program and Joel Hektner, Ph.D., coordinator of HDFS graduate programs .  Find out key information you need to know to be successfully admitted into the program.  This live information session will:

  • give you a sneak peek of the program,
  • help you gather information about topics covered in the courses,
  • discuss expectations of students,
  • offer background information on the field of gerontology,
  • cover admission requirements, and
  • give you the opportunity to ask your specific questions.

All individuals interested in the online M.S. in HDFS: Gerontology option are welcome to attend this FREE, live, online informational session but preregistration is required.



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Heather Fuller-Iglesias Ph.D., University of Michigan
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-5621
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Core Area: Adult Development and Aging
Research Interests: Social relationships across the lifespan (e.g. intergenerational relationships); Psychological well-being in old age; Culture and Aging; Migration, transnationalism and acculturation; Biculturalism 


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Joel Hektner Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8269
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development
Research Interests: Aggressive children; Research methods; Prevention programs for high-risk aggressive children; Peer affiliation patterns and peer influences on children's behaviors; Family and school conditions that facilitate optimal experiences (flow) and optimal development; The Experience Sampling Method 


To Register:

Register for this event.  *You will receive access information for the online information session a week prior to the event. 

To ensure delivery of the access information email, please add .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to your address book.

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