Gerontology, MS

The MS in Gerontology requires 37-49 semester hours of course work and internships/research experiences. The programs offers concentrations in aging and business and nonprofit management (jointly with the Department of Political Science) and thesis and non-thesis options.

Application and Admission

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal essay elaborating on their experience and/or interest in working with older adults.

Applicants to the nonprofit management concentration must apply simultaneously to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in nonprofit management offered by the Department of Political Science.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (22 hours)

GRO 501Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging

3

GRO 600Proseminar in Gerontology

1

GRO 620Research Methods in Gerontology

3

GRO 621Health and Aging

3

GRO 649Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I

3

GRO 651Integrative Seminar in Gerontology

3

GRO 679Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II

3

ERM 517Statistical Methods in Education

3

or

STA 571Statistical Methods for Research I

3

and

STA 571LStatistical Methods Laboratory I

1

GRO 651: Capstone Experience

Students are required to complete GRO 501 and GRO 600 in the first fall semester enrolled in the program. Additionally, students will be strongly encouraged to take their statistics requirement during their first fall semester and GRO 620 and GRO 621 during their first 16 semester hours after acceptance into the MS program. Students accepted without an undergraduate statistics course are encouraged to complete such a course prior to enrolling in the graduate statistics course for all MS options.

Electives (15 hours)

To meet the student’s educational objectives, fifteen (15) hours are selected under advisement.

 

Thesis Option

GRO 699Thesis

1–6

With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis. Students must register for up to six (6) hours of thesis thereby reducing elective hours.

Aging and Business Concentration

The Aging and Business concentration requires 49 hours for the thesis option or 43 hours for the non-thesis option. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates to integrate the critical issues of aging and business across a wide-range of settings, including health and wellness programming, older adult housing and retirement communities, product development and marketing, policy and program development, or financial gerontology.

Required Core Courses (22 hours)

GRO 501Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging

3

GRO 600Proseminar in Gerontology

1

GRO 620Research Methods in Gerontology

3

GRO 621Health and Aging

3

GRO 649Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I

3

GRO 651Integrative Seminar in Gerontology

3

GRO 679Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II

3

ERM 517Statistical Methods in Education

3

or

STA 571Statistical Methods for Research I

3

and

STA 571LStatistical Methods Laboratory I

1

GRO 651: Indicates Capstone Experience.

Additional Aging Requirements (9 hours)

GRO 610Life Planning for the Third Age

3

GRO 622Financing Longevity: Topics in Insurance

3

GRO 631Planning and Evaluation for Professionals in Aging

3

GRO 611Issues in Aging and Business

3

Students must choose two:

GRO 611ASilver Industries

1.5

GRO 611BThe Boomer Demographic Phenomena

1.5

GRO 611CWorkforce and Human Resource Polices for Aging Societies

1.5

Business Applications Requirements (6 hours)

MBA 702Financial and Managerial Accounting

3

MBA 703Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes

3

Electives (6 hours)

Elective courses are selected with faculty advisement to permit tailoring of the program of study to the student’s specific interests. With faculty consultation, students select 6 hours of elective courses at the 500 or 600 level from a range of disciplines including gerontology, sociology business administration, counseling, human development and family studies, public health education, and/or social work.

Thesis Option

GRO 699Thesis

1–6

With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis.

Nonprofit Management Concentration

The Nonprofit Management concentration requires 46 hours for the thesis option and 40 hours for the non-thesis option. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates to meet the growing demand for trained professionals in public service at local, state and federal agencies; private, nonprofit agencies, and voluntary organizations serving the elderly and older adult population and/or meeting the needs of an aging society. Course work fulfills the requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the Department of Political Science. Students must submit an application for the certificate.

Required Core Courses (25 hours)

GRO 501Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging

3

GRO 600Proseminar in Gerontology

1

GRO 620Research Methods in Gerontology

3

GRO 621Health and Aging

3

GRO 649Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I

3

GRO 651Integrative Seminar in Gerontology

3

ERM 517Statistical Methods in Education

3

or

STA 571Statistical Methods for Research I

3

and

STA 571LStatistical Methods Laboratory I

1

PSC 540Nonprofit Management and Leadership

3

GRO 651: Capstone Experience

Choice Requirements (3 hours)

Students must choose three of the following one-credit courses:

PSC 511B - Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies
PSC 511D - Strategic Planning
PSC 511G - Grantwriting
PSC 511N - Nonprofit Law
PSC 511V - Volunteer Management

or

Elective Requirements (9 hours)

Elective courses are selected with faculty advisement to permit tailoring of the program of study to the student’s specific interests. With faculty consultation, students select 9 hours of elective courses at the 500 or 600 level with at least 3 credit hours in political science and 3 credit hours in gerontology. Other possible electives include courses in business administration, counseling, human development and family studies, public health education, and/or social work.

Internship or Research Experience Requirement (3 hours)

GRO 679Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II

3

With advisement of faculty in the Gerontology Program, students select an appropriate structured setting as an experiential learning activity within a public or nonprofit agency. The internship or research experience will provide students with practical experience in the ongoing operations of an agency of government or in an organization engaged in public affairs activities serving the elderly or addressing the needs of an aging society.

Thesis Option

GRO 699Thesis

1–6

With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis.


 

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