Gerontology, PBC

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology requires 16 semester hours that must be successfully completed during four academic years. Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of The Graduate School.

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.

Students wishing to pursue the certificate in gerontology while pursuing a graduate degree should consult with the Director of the Gerontology Program and with the department of interest.

Certificate Requirements

Required Core Courses (10 hours)

GRO 501Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging


GRO 600Proseminar in Gerontology


GRO 621Health and Aging


GRO 649Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I


GRO 501 and GRO 601 should be completed during the first academic year after acceptance to the certificate program.

Electives (6 hours)

To meet the student’s educational objectives, three courses (6 hours) are selected under advisement.



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