EdD/PhD, Leadership: Gerontology Specialization

Study Format Online
Program Length 68 credits*

 

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The PhD and EdD program in leadership witha  specialization in gerontology provide a multidisciplinary framework from which to respond to existing age-related questions, and intensive, in-depth training for those who want unique preparation for leadership roles for addressing issues related to aging. The doctoral candidate's knowledge base of research methods and theoretical perspectives encompasses various social and basic science disciplines rather than relying on a single disciplinary approach to aging and leadership.

This PhD program in leadership and gerontology produces highly qualified and trained social scientists that have training in research methodology and its application in an aging society. The EdD program in leadership and gerontology produces highly qualified and trained stewards of gerontological leadership trained in applied gerontology. Candidates of this degree may actively engage in research, teaching, or service in academic or nonacademic settings. [Source: AGHE Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatric Programs, 2008]

The longevity revolution and growing numbers of people associated with an aging population is creating the need for advanced multidisciplinary study in gerontology. This doctoral program in gerontology reflects the need for expanding the knowledge base in the field and training in the profession.

Graduates of our program will be armed with specialized training and will be well-positioned to assume leadership roles as a gerontologist in government, healthcare or academic settings.

Career Outlook for Gerontologists

Innerbody.com reports a very positive outlook for gerontology careers, and with an aging population this positive outlook is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Professional gerontologists may work in a variety of settings that include the following:

  • Community, human service and religious organizations
  • Healthcare and long-term care institutions
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies, including the aging network (the system of service delivery to older persons established by a federal law entitled the Older American Act)
  • Retirement communities
  • Academic and other educational and research settings
  • Professional organizations
  • Business and industry

Innerbody.com also reports that the earnings of gerontologists vary widely, depending on discipline, experience level and geographic location. Average yearly salaries in the profession of gerontology range between $53,000 and $80,000, while new professionals start between $42,000 and $66,000. Experienced gerontologists can expect to earn a minimum yearly salary of $64,000.

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