Program Overview

In the Master of Arts in Gerontology program you’ll embark on a study of aging that examines the physical, mental, and social changes in individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. You’ll see how an aging population influences and impacts society and find ways to apply this understanding to improve policies and programs. While developing strategies for working with older adults, you’ll consider physical, cognitive, and emotional changes, and learn to design and implement strategies to address challenges faced by aging individuals as well as opportunities. In the process, you’ll learn effective ways to use technology in case management, program assessment, and advocacy. The course is ideal for professionals in the allied fields wishing to explore gerontology as a specialty.

Program highlights:

  • Entire program can be completed online
  • Examine entrenched ideas about aging from a fresh perspective
  • Advocate for public policies that improve the health and well-being of older adults
  • Become well-versed in legal and ethical issues relevant to gerontology
  • Explore ways to address challenges for older adults and their communities

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall GPA of 2.5, or where a GPA of 2.75 or higher was achieved in the last 90 quarter units. Students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted to the University if they have a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: GMAT, GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or an approved, standardized program-specific exam.

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    Since 1971, National University has been dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse student population. As a nonprofit institution, National University invests in its students by providing them with quality educational instruction and learning technologies, superior faculty, and exemplary student services.

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