What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Typically one year. The program requires 18 credit hours.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

The Gerontology Graduate Certificate is designed for people who are preparing for careers in the aging field and for professionals already working in areas such as health care, social services, recreation and leisure, government and business.

Applicants to this program include people changing careers, re-entering the workforce or seeking additional expertise. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides in-depth exposure to issues, knowledge and research about aging processes, older people and the needs of an aging population. The program integrates knowledge of gerontology into students’ own disciplinary fields.

The Graduate Certificate may be earned concurrently with an M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. degree, or independently by those who hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

Program Details

A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA is preferred.

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

  • Aging Policy and Services (3)
  • Health and the Older Adult (3)
  • Aging Practice, Policy and Research (3)
  • Sociology of Aging (3)
  • Psychology of Aging (3)

Two elective courses (6)

Internship (3)

Students who complete the Certificate in Gerontology will gain an understanding of issues, knowledge and research about aging processes, older people and the needs of an aging population.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and awards each spring semester. For more information, go to:  https://gerontology.gsu.edu/students/resources/scholarships-awards/

Description

Careers

More than half of our graduates work in a non-profit or governmental agency. About one-fifth work for small private businesses.

At least half of our Graduate Certificate students earn other advanced degrees at Georgia State. Most of them go on to become university professors or researchers for agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Research Triangle Institute International.

Contacts

Gerontology Institute Director:
Elisabeth Burgess
eburgess @gsu.edu

Director of Graduate Studies:
Wendy Simonds
wsimonds@gsu.edu

Business Manager:
Quinn Drake
qdrake1@gsu.edu

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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