Program Overview

Students who pursue the Master of Arts Degree in Gerontology are interested in working with the elderly population in a wide variety of settings. Gerontology is the study of aging and the impact it has on individuals and cultures. The MA in Gerontology builds on a student’s undergraduate work and is designed to help them reach their career goals. Individuals who work with the elderly may work with individuals, groups, communities, or with advocacy. Gerontologists may take on the role of a social worker in some positions. Potential employment opportunities may include working with the elderly with issues such as disability, housing, family, case management, human resources, finance, advocacy. mental health, physical health, and more. Upon completion of this program, graduates may find employment within hospitals, nursing homes, or agencies that advocate on behalf of his specialized population.

In order to work in this field, students must have a working knowledge of the effects of aging in multiple perspectives. Students will study economics, physiology, psychology, research, and social science. These subjects will be taught through a gerontological focus. The research and assessment in gerontology component of the curriculum is designed to ensure that students may fill a role as researchers and planners if needed. Having a working knowledge of research that exists is crucial for students who wish to work on all levels of gerontology. Research can be utilized while drafting policy and creating community programs for the elderly.

All courses for the Master of Arts Degree in Gerontology are available through an online format. Students will be able to explore complex concepts and earn their degree from the comfort of their home. Often, participants who apply to this program are already employed and are looking to advance in their current careers or are interested in changing careers. This program allows students to maintain their employment while earning their degree.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Webster University is a non-profit, private university that was established in 1915. Weber University was originally founded as Loretto College, by the Sisters of Loretto, and was a Catholic women’s college. Today, the school operates as a co-educational, independent, non-denominational university. The educational programs at WU have a liberal arts foundation and aim to prepare students for the real world. Webster University is a global institution that provides aims to provide high quality learning opportunities that prepare students for individual excellence.

    Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
    • Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
    • School of Education
    • School of Communications

    WU has an online program that allows full and part time undergraduate and graduate students to take individual classes, or pursue a degree online. Undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates can be earned online.


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