MA in Gerontology

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The master of arts in gerontology from Concordia University Chicago is designed to provide an interdisciplinary course of study for individuals interested in meeting the needs of an aging world and improving the lives of older adults. The world’s population is aging and the number of older adults is increasing. This demographic reality suggests that there will be a demand for individuals skilled in addressing the unique opportunities and challenges associated with aging.

The MA in gerontology program positions graduates to promote and contribute to the wellness of our aging population. It prepares graduates to work in a variety of aging-related careers. Additionally, this course of study allows for a tailor-made curriculum combining an integrated perspective on aging and older adults. Students are trained in the best practices of gerontological education, research, and practice.

Learning Objectives

The master of arts in gerontology program is designed to prepare traditional and non-traditional students for a career in gerontology. Based on the conceptual learning guidelines proposed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the master of arts degree in gerontology is designed to enable the student to:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness, abilities, and potentials of all older adults and their contributions to their families, their community, and to society
  • Acquire educational, research, and practice skills for an informed gerontological professional identity and practice.
  • Develop increased competency in service to older adults and their families.
  • Develop skills for scholarship and research in assessing and implementing future change for older adults and an aging society.

Learning Competencies

Candidates are required to complete an elven-course program of study in gerontology for a total of 33 graduate credit hours, including practicum experiences. These requirements and experiences will support the candidate to:

  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of and major concepts within the field of gerontology.
  • Utilize a critical perspective when considering complicated and complex issues as they relate to aging, older adults, and society.
  • Apply a variety of gerontological theories and research based in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities in diverse contexts.
  • Exhibit social and cultural awareness, sensitivity, competence, and support when considering the heterogeneity of aging population.
  • Demonstrate personal, social, and ethical responsibility while working to improve the lives of older adults.
  • Communicate effectively using well-developed written, oral and interpersonal skills in an increasingly global society.

Alignment

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in gerontology is nationally recognized by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Gerontology programs at Concordia-Chicago are aligned with AGHE’s national competencies and best practices.

Therefore, our engaging classroom activities and discussions are supplemented with ample opportunities to engage in gerontological education, research, and practice. Interactive group and individual projects encourage candidates to hone their skills as future gerontologists in a supported environment.