Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Master of Arts in Gerontology.

The advanced degree develops the perspective that human beings require meaning and purpose in order to experience life with a sense of well-being as they grow older. In the 36-credit-hour program, students will learn the core required master's courses, in addition to the emphasized courses from one of the four concentrations of the degree. Students can choose between, Public Health, Gerontology and the Family, Emergency Preparedness or Professional Geriatric Care Management as an area of expertise before completing the curriculum.

Each course will build upon other courses and provide students the needed insight as to the means of understanding psychological theories and social policies. Students will acquire leadership skills based on critical analyses of policies and programs that affect older adults and the institutions that serve them. Students will be able to use the advanced education to identify and formulate effective means of creating change in the policies and procedures practices. The master’s program will culminate with a capstone project designed to demonstrate a student’s complete comprehension of the programs primary objectives.

Graduates will be able to contribute the learned fundamentals when obtaining advanced positions of leadership in the field of aging. Traditional professional fields graduates can expect to do well in are expanding to the Health Care, Human Services, and Social Services Field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a GPA (3.0) or higher during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework.

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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