About the Program
Gerontology courses are offered exclusively online.
- The graduate certificate requires 15 credit hours.
- The master’s degree requires 36 credit hours.
No. This is a non-thesis master’s degree program.
No. Students do not need clinical experience or a clinical degree to earn their master’s degree or graduate certificate in the online gerontology graduate program.
- Graduate Certificate: The program can be completed in as little as 1 year, over the course of 3 semesters. If needed, students can take their time and finish the program in 5 semesters.
- Master’s Degree: The program can be completed in as little as 2 years, taking 2 courses per semester. If needed, students can take their time and have one course per semester.
These programs are designed for working professionals with flexible scheduling and asynchronous components. A full course load in our programs is two courses per semester. If that is not manageable, students can take one course per semester. Students should plan on 9–12 hours of time committed per week for each 3-credit class.
This program will provide students with advanced training in the field of aging from a comprehensive perspective (i.e., clinical, physiological, epidemiological, sociological, and psychological) so that they may become more proficient in working in varied healthcare-related settings with an aging population. Students will be more qualified and earn credentials that can further their careers.
Students in distance education programs have access to the same support services as on-campus students. This includes webmail and online registration, tuition payments, bookstore, library, and course management. Click here for more information about distance education at the University of Florida.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition is $550 (plus fees).
- Graduate certificate: Federal financial aid is not available to students enrolled in certificate programs. Many students seek financial assistance through private loans or employer tuition reimbursement.
- Master’s degree: Financial aid may be available for students who qualify. Learn more on the Financial Aid page.
For a list of critical dates, please visit the academic calendar.
New students are admitted into our programs year-round. New students may enroll in the Master’s or Certificate program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.
Yes. Students can take up to two courses before deciding to enroll in the graduate certificate or master’s degree program. Please note the following:
- Grades earned while not enrolled in the certificate will appear on a student’s transcript, but they will not count toward a certificate or degree until the student is specifically admitted to a certificate or degree program.
- No more than six credits taken without being enrolled in the certificate can be applied to the certificate later. This is an important point to note if you plan to enroll in the certificate or a degree program later.
- Credits earned while not enrolled in the certificate can be applied later to the certificate only if the courses taken are required for the certificate, and if students earn a B (3.0) or higher in those courses.
- Master’s degree: Yes, to be admitted as a student, non-US and Puerto Rican applicants must meet the required minimum on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council-approved English language skills test. There are some exceptions to this. Learn more on the International Students page.
- Graduate certificate: No, TOEFL scores are not required for admission into the certificate program.
- Master’s degree: GRE scores are required for admission into the master’s degree unless the applicant has already earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the United States.
- Graduate certificate: No, GRE scores are not required for admission into the certificate program.
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Yes, students in the gerontologyprograms enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students. Click here for more information about library access.Click here for more information about library access.