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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology, M.S.

(30 UNITS)

The Master of Science program combines training in both scientific and applied areas of gerontology. Because various departments across the university participate in the program, students are able to design a study plan that will meet their individual needs. In addition to coursework in research and theory, the program provides preparation for work in a variety of settings. It can also be tailored to meet the needs of the student who wants to prepare for a doctoral program.

Admission to Graduate Standing - Conditionally Classified

An applicant who meets the following requirements may be considered for conditionally classified graduate standing:

  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 units attempted
  • formal application form
  • two copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • three letters of recommendation (academic/professional)
  • letter stating professional objectives
  • critical thinking assessment

A Gerontology Program Application form must be filed with the Gerontology Program Office.

The baccalaureate must be in gerontology or a related field in conjunction with an undergraduate minor, certificate or emphasis in gerontology or the equivalent. In the absence of the above, the student should ordinarily have the following 12 units of upper-division coursework in gerontology or their equivalent:

Additional Information

The following additional criteria may be taken into consideration: research experience; previous paid or volunteer experience in working with older adults.

It may be possible for applicants who have minimal deficiencies in prerequisite requirements, as detailed above, but who are otherwise highly qualified, to be admitted in conditionally classified graduate standing, with provisions made for removal of deficiencies prior to granting classified standing. For further information, consult with the Gerontology Academic Program Coordinator or Graduate Adviser.

Admissions to Graduate Standing - Classified

Each student, in consultation with the Graduate Adviser, will develop a study plan. This will be outlined on an official university Study Plan Form. Students who have met the requirements for conditionally classified standing will be granted classified standing upon submission of an adviser-approved study plan to the Graduate Studies office.

Study Plan

The Master of Science in Gerontology requires a minimum of 21 units at the 500 level. Check the program website for updates and changes.

Gerontology Electives (3-6 units)

Multidisciplinary Electives (3-6 units)

Selected from two or more departments with the program coordinator’s approval:

Total (30 units)