Doctor of Philosophy in Human & Social Services / Gerontology
Walden University

Program Details

A PhD in Human and Social Services focusing on Gerontology allows you to focus on the special needs of the aging population. The program includes studies of lifespan development, contemporary issues in aging, and changing health behaviors.

Students in this Gerontology degree online will examine the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and global cross-cultural issues in aging. Classes discuss the factors that affect the quality of life for older individuals, including physiological changes of aging, effects of chronic illness, and challenges of independent living. This online Human Services degree program offers two tracks: Track I is designed for students with a master’s degree related to Human Services; Track II is a pathway for students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an unrelated field.

Graduates can pursue a career such as:

  • Elder residence administrator
  • Activities coordinator
  • Housing placement advisor
  • Community care coordinator
  • Policy advisor
  • Elder program developer
  • Elder care case manager


  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.
  • Master's degree or higher
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Additional materials may be requested

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island