Study Format Online

This degree is available 100% online.

Program Length 33 credits*, 24 months


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


Perspectives in Gerontology (3 semester hours)

Introductory course for the masters of arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual, and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored.

Adult Development and Aging (3 semester hours)

This course promotes integrity as students acquire attitudes and skills that promote the understanding of adult development with special attention paid to the aging process. It further promotes integrity as students learn to suspend judgment and draw various fields together in order to understand and provide quality care services to the aging population with sensitivity to cultural differences. Students obtain the knowledge of techniques and research while attaining competency in the timely use of various person-centered interventions. As knowledge and competency develop, a sense of confidence and leadership is cultivated.

Introduction to Research (3 semester hours)

This course examines foundation level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be an active participant in the generation and implementation of research knowledge.

Aging, Values, Attitudes, and Ethics (3 semester hours)

Provides an overview of ethics as they relate to aging and older adults. This course examines a variety of ethical and moral issues at the clinical, social, cultural, policy, and individual levels. Students explore key value issues that shape societal and individual perceptions about ethics and aging. This course considers the ethical implications of ageism.

Diversity in Aging (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.

Sociology of Aging (3 semester hours)

This course examines the impacts of aging on individuals and societies, including social, cultural, and individual reactions to the aging in the society and the diversity of reactions to aging. Theoretical frameworks for aging and involvement will be presented, examined, and integrated. Field trips may be required.

Public Policies and Aging  (3 semester hours)

The course provides an overview and analysis of the policy making process and policy initiatives as these affect older adults in society.

Practicum in Gerontology (3 semester hours)

The practicum experience encompasses a supervised practice in a community agency that serves older adults and their families. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 240 hours of service during this 16-week course.

Program Management in Aging (3 semester hours)

Designed to expand students' knowledge of and skills in effective program management of aging services and organizations serving older adults. Students review the aging network while considering the unique needs of older adults. This course also examines approaches for managing service programs effectively. Implications for program evaluation are considered.

Advanced Topics in Gerontology (3 semester hours)

Covers a variety of special topics in gerontology. This course is developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. The topics broaden and compliment the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the MA in gerontology program. Examples of topics include: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; Aging in Literature and Film; Sexuality and Aging; and Grant Writing.


Capstone Experience

Seminar in Gerontology (3 semester hours)

Focuses on current issues and problems in gerontology utilizing literature reviews, research, and primary data collection. Students complete a thesis, applied, or analytical project and are expected to define, complete, and defend their project and complete their capstones during this 16-week course.

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