Walden University offers an online human services degree, the Master of Science in Human & Social Services with a concentration in Gerontology for those interested in working with the older population. This online gerontology degree explores the impact of societal expectations on the elderly along with demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging. Students gain an understanding of factors affecting the quality of life for the geriatric population, from physiological changes of aging, to the effects of chronic disease, to the challenges of independent living. Courses are designed to prepare individuals who can facilitate the integration of services for the elderly, including health and home care, financial and lifestyle, and issues of daily living.
All students completing a master’s in human services degree from Walden University learn more about the broader human and social services field as well. The curriculum explores competencies and strategies that will help make a positive difference for individuals, families, and communities. You will learn best practices and develop a holistic, interprofessional perspective that equips you to help others navigate social services in the community and in a global context.
The program is not designed to lead to professional licensure.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Walden University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA2.5 or above (4.0 scale)
Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)
New York, Rhode Island