Webster University

470 E Lockwood Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194

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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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      100% Online
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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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