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Gerontology Ph.D. (Dual-Major)


The Doctor of Philosophy (dual-major) option in Gerontology at North Dakota State University provides you with three unique opportunities to study and conduct research in this growing and exciting field.  At NDSU you can combine your studies in Gerontology with a Ph.D. in Developmental Science, Exercise Science and Nutrition or Occupational and Adult Education.  Sample Plans of Study for each option can be found at:

Developmental Science 

Exercise Science and Nutrition 

Occupational and Adult Education 


Mission Statement: The mission of the Gerontology Ph.D. (dual-major) is to promote aging-related research and education at North Dakota State University that uses a discipline based perspective that serves to enhance the length and quality of life.


Program Description: The Gerontology Ph.D. at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is a dual-major linking a discipline based Plan of Study with an interdisciplinary perspective on aging.  Depending on your specific area of interest, students will combine academic coursework in a primary major (Developmental Science, Exercise Science and Nutrition, or Occupational and Adult Education) with a secondary dual-major in Gerontology.


Application Information and Requirements:  Students interested in pursuing a Ph. D. in Gerontology will apply to the NDSU Graduate School   for admission into the department that houses their primary major.  For more information, please contact either the department head in your area of interest or the program’s graduate coordinator.

Departments and Graduate Coordinator Contact Information

Developmental Science


Dr. Heather Fuller, HDFS Graduate Coordinator

Phone:  701-231-5621


Exercise Science and Nutrition

Dr. Bryan Christensen, HNES Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 701-231-6737

Occupational and Adult Education


Dr. Claudette Peterson, OAE Graduate Coordinator:

Phone:  701-231-7085


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Gerontology?
Gerontology is the study of aging across the life course. It is interdisciplinary in its approach, incorporating information from the fields of biology, psychology, sociology, family studies, health education, nutrition, pharmacy, and many others. Gerontology research projects at NDSU are helping to understand the basic mechanisms of aging and the maintenance of independence in later life. Current studies of aging cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, health dynamics, cognition, disease prevention, retirement preparation, and financial security.

Why Study Gerontology? Gerontology represents an intellectually exciting field of study in which students can integrate information from diverse fields of inquiry. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is consistent with recommendations by the National Research Council that schools broaden the education graduate students receive in order to make them more valuable in the workplace.

What are my options? Currently you have three primary major Ph.D. areas to choose from along with a secondary dual-major in Gerontology. Those primary Ph.D. majors are Developmental Science (Department of Human Development and Family Science), Exercise Science and Nutrition (Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science), and Education (School of Education).

How do I get started? Apply online at [] or contact the Department Head or Graduate Coordinator of the program area of interest to you.

What will be written on my academic transcript? Upon successful completion of the program your academic transcript will post your achievement of a dual-major Ph.D. in both your primary major and Gerontology.

What will be printed on my Ph.D. diploma? Upon successful completion of the program your Ph.D. diploma will list your dual-major of both your primary major and Gerontology.


Application for Admission - Gerontology Ph.D. (Dual Major) with Developmental Science

Application for Admission - Gerontology Ph.D. (Dual Major) with Exercise Science and Nutrition

Application for Admission - Gerontology Ph.D. (Dual Major) with Occupational and Adult Education


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