Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Gerontology is ideal for current and aspiring professionals in the field of gerontology and geriatric care. This 36-credit-hour, non-thesis program will impart the skills, knowledge and experience students need to advance their careers and help aging populations transition from one stage of life to the next.

The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to reach 77 million by the year 2034, and within two decades, seniors will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. There is a growing call for gerontologists and geriatricians that is going unanswered. 

Become an Advocate for Older Adults

As a master’s degree student, you will be provided a comprehensive and personalized curriculum covering the biological, clinical, psychological, sociological, legal and ethical aspects of aging. You’ll learn to advocate for the unique needs of older adults, including their mental and physical health and independence.

Through our program, you’ll deepen your knowledge of aging in preparation for providing older adults with services as a gerontologist or quality health care as a geriatrician. Depending on your goals, you can tailor your degree with one of three specialty tracks: Geriatric Care Management, Psychosocial Gerontology and Medical Physiology. Our program also affords the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate with the successful completion of the 9-credit track in addition to your degree. Additional benefits include:

  • Accessibility: No clinical experience or campus visits are required.
  • Affordability: Tuition is competitively priced and the same for all students, regardless of their location.
  • Efficiency: Earn a master’s degree in as little as one year.
  • Flexibility: Courses are asynchronous and can be completed at students’ convenience.
  • Relevancy: Curriculum is updated regularly to reflect the latest trends and research findings.

Earn your master’s degree in as little as one year and gain a specialized skill set. Distinguish yourself from your competitors and succeed in your profession or medical school.

Master Gerontology Topics in Our Virtual Classroom

Entirely online and asynchronous, our MS in gerontology program will allow you to complete coursework on your own time and at your own pace. Throughout our program, you’ll access readings, view multimedia materials, complete assignments and participate in discussion boards, all from the comfort of your own home. Learn (virtually) alongside your fellow graduate students from leading doctors and researchers in the field of aging. Become a master’s degree student to join a supportive online learning environment that’ll prioritize your personal, professional and academic needs.

Secure Your Future in the Field of Aging

For the first time in human history, the majority of people can expect to live well into their sixties. The aging population will become more racially and ethnically diverse with time, meaning that untrained professionals will be unable to adequately provide for the needs of older adults. Professionals who are able to account for an individual’s unique circumstances, such as their race, gender and health, will find their expertise rewarded. To benefit from emerging opportunities, students can enroll in our online MS in gerontology program.

Required Core Courses

Course number course title credits spring summer fall
GMS 6099 Research Methods in Gerontology 3 X X X
GMS 6483 Theories of Aging 3 X X X
GMS 6484 Geriatric and Age-Related Diseases 3 X X X
GMS 6485 Population-Based Research 3 X –– ––
GMS 6486 Biology of Aging 3 X X X
GMS 6715 Healthy Aging: Behavioral Outcomes 3 X X X
GMS 6717 Healthy Aging in the New Millennium 3 X X X
GMS 6771 Clinical Neuroscience of Aging 3 X X X

Department Electives

course number Course title credits spring summer fall
GMS 5905 Aging Journal Club 1 X X X
GMS 6487 Anti-Aging Interventions 3 X X X
GMS 6905 Data Science and Technology in Gerontology 3 X X X