We live in an aging society, one in which the older population is growing both in absolute numbers and in proportion to all other age groups. 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 demography.
Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life.
Some gerontologists work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy and teaching about aging. For more information on career opportunities and options in the field of gerontology, visit Careers in Aging.
A degree in the field of gerontology equips the student with a broad range of skills, essential for improving the lives of others. People who are interested in gerontology come from many disciplines, professions, and clinical areas.
Master's Degree. Generally, students earning a master's degree can demand a higher wage than those holding a graduate certificate.
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Some use the certificate for continuing education credits or a career ladder opportunity. A graduate certificate can also be used to supplement a master's degree in another field.
Gerontology graduate Kacie Sims shares how the online gerontology master's degree was the perfect fit for her busy life.
Great Plains IDEA: A Flexible Graduate Degree Program in Aging Studies
You will be linked to the graduate school application procedure.
Select one of the program options:
Human Development and Family Science - Gerontology (Master's degree)
Human Development and Family Science - Gerontology (Certificate)
Details and Program Specifics
Great Plains IDEA Website on Gerontology has the most current information on:
- Course Planner and Program Summary
- What you will learn in the program
- How this program advances your career
- Student handbook
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