Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (Great Plains IDEA)
Kansas State University

Program Details

The Gerontology graduate certificate provides credentials in gerontology for students who do not need a master's degree. It is designed for professionals who are either working directly with older people or who are involved in education or research related to aging issues. Students will focus on core competencies identified by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Gerontology program is offered through:

  • University of Arkansas
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Texas Tech University


Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission