3260 Gerontology

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Gerontology
    • Concentration in Program Administration
    • Concentration in Research
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Gerontology Institute
605 One Park Place
404/413-5210
E-mail: gerontology@gsu.edu
gerontology.gsu.edu

Elisabeth Burgess, Director
Heying Jenny Zhan, Director of Graduate Studies

Gerontology is more than an academic subject; it provides a way of understanding ourselves and our families as we move across the life course, and it seeks to explain how our society and the world are being revolutionized by an aging population. We know that the aging process is universal and that every one of us will develop, become old, and die. Gerontology shows us how this process is bounded by our genes, our mind, our culture, and our social network, and it acknowledges the harsh realities that often beset old age. But the aging process also can be malleable and meaningful. Gerontology provides us with powerful tools for understanding the forces that are fundamentally altering our society as well as how they will shape our own future selves.

The Gerontology Institute offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Certificate in Gerontology for students who wish to prepare for careers in the field of aging and focus their graduate studies in the area of gerontology. Students pursuing the M.A. degree may choose either the program administration concentration or the research concentration. The program administration concentration prepares students to work in aging services and administration and emphasizes program design and management. The research concentration prepares students to enter doctoral programs in gerontology, sociology, psychology, policy studies, family studies, or related fields and for beginning careers with organizations engaged in aging research.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to integrate knowledge of gerontology into students’ own disciplinary fields. It is offered for students preparing for a variety of careers in the aging field and for professionals already working in such areas as health care, social services, recreation, government, and business.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Gerontology Institute by contacting the addresses above.

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts-Requirements for Admission

  1. The general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of educational and career goals.
  5. A current resume.

Graduate Certificate-Requirements for Admission

  1. Internal Applicants (Students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at Georgia State University).
    1. The general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. (an application fee is not required).
    2. Two letters of recommendation.
    3. A statement of educational and career goals.
    4. A current resume.
  2. External Applicants (Those not currently enrolled who plan to pursue the certificate program independently of a degree).
    1. The general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
    2. Two letters of recommendation.
    3. A statement of educational and career goals.
    4. A current resume.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (36 hours)

Prerequisite required of students without previous coursework in statistics.

SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3) or another approved statistics course

  1. Core courses (15 hours)
    1. Required:
      • GERO 8000 Seminar in Gerontology (3)
      • GERO 8100 Research Methods in Gerontology (3)
        Select three additional core courses (9 credits):
      • GERO 7110     Aging Policy Services
      • GERO 7200     Health and the Older Adult
      • GERO 8116     Sociology of Aging
      • GERO 8320     Psychology of Aging
      • GERO 8124     Diversity and Aging
  2. Concentration requirements (9 hours). Select one of the following tracks.
    1. Administration Concentration (9 hours)
    2. Research Concentration (9 Hours)
      • Approved Advanced Methods Course (3) (such as GERO 8110; GERO 8150; PH 7521; PT 8500)
      • GERO 8999 Thesis Research (6 hours)
      • A thesis approved by the student’s thesis committee and the director of the Gerontology Institute
  3. Select four elective courses (12hours)
    Choose four electives from this list of approved electives:

    • GERO 6475 Communication and Aging (3)
    • GERO 7110 Aging Policy Services (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 7200 Health and the Older Adult (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 7260 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research (3)
    • GERO 8102 Life Course Sociology (3)
    • GERO 8115 Qualitative Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 8116 Sociology of Aging (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 8119 Global Aging and Social Policies (3)
    • GERO 8122 Death, Dying, and Loss (3)
    • GERO 8124 Ethnicity and Aging (3) (if not taken in core)
    • GERO 8130 Intimate Ties in Later Life (3)
    • GERO 8200 Aging Program Administration (3) (if not required in concentration)
    • GERO 8320 Psychology of Aging (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 8330 Mental Health and Aging (3)
    • GERO 8340 Dementia (3)
    • GERO 8700 Special Topics in Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 8800 Directed Reading in Gerontology (3)
    • NUTR 7105 Geriatric Nutrition (3)

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The certificate program is open to students enrolled in graduate degree programs and in good standing at Georgia State University. In addition, non-enrolled students may apply for the certificate program.

Certificate Requirements (21 hours)

  1. Core courses ( 9 hours)
    Select three of the following core courses:

  2. Select three elective courses (9 hours)
    • GERO 6475 Communication and Aging (3)
    • GERO 7110 Aging Policy and Services (3) (if not taken in core)
    • GERO 7200 Health and the Older Adult (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 7260 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research (3) (if not taken in core)
    • GERO 8000 Seminar in Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 8102 Life Course Sociology (3)
    • GERO 8116 Sociology of Aging (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 8119 Global Aging and Social Policies (3)
    • GERO 8122 Death, Dying, and Loss (3)
    • GERO 8124 Ethnicity and Aging (3)
    • GERO 8130 Intimate Ties in Later Life (3)
    • GERO 8200 Aging Program Administration (3)
    • GERO 8320 Psychology of Aging (3) (if not taken in the core)
    • GERO 8330 Mental Health and Aging (3)
    • GERO 8340 Dementia (3)
    • GERO 8700 Special Topics in Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 8800 Directed Reading in Gerontology (3)
  3. Internship (3 hours)
    • GERO 8910 Gerontology Internship (3) or an approved alternate internship course