In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred for this program. No GRE exam is required.
What does it cost?
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How long will it take?
Typically, two years. The program requires 36 credit hours.
Where will I take classes?
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
- Priority Deadline: March 1 (for those who wish to be considered for Graduate Assistantships)
- All Other Applications: April 1
- Spring: Does not admit
- Summer: Does not admit
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gerontology program is designed for students preparing for leadership positions in the field of aging and those interested in becoming gerontological researchers.
The M.A. program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides in-depth exposure to issues, knowledge and research about aging processes, older people and the needs of an aging population. Our program offers an intimate, nurturing and stimulating environment in which to learn.
Students choose one of two concentrations:
- Program Administration, which includes an internship in the field and a capstone project or
- Research, which culminates in a thesis.
About one-fifth of our graduates go on to earn a Ph.D. in gerontology, sociology or other related fields.
Required Core Courses (15 hours)
- Seminar in Gerontology (3)
- Research Methods in Gerontology (3)
Choose 3 more (of these 5) core courses:
- Aging Policy and Services (3)
- Heath and the Older Adult (3)
- Sociology of Aging (3)
- Diversity and Aging (3)
- Psychology of Aging (3)
4 Elective courses (12 hours)
Concentration (9 hours)
- Aging Program Administration (3)
- Gerontology Internship (3)
- Capstone Seminar (3)
- Approved Advanced Methods course (3)
- Thesis Research (6)
- A thesis approved by the student’s thesis committee and the Director of the Gerontology Institute.
To view details of the program, go to the course catalog.
About half of incoming students will be offered a graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver and a $6,000 annual stipend in exchange for working as a graduate assistant for eight hours per week.
A 2020 survey of current students showed that:
The vast majority of current and past students feel that their program is helping or has helped them: write clearly and effectively; conduct research; be aware of historical contexts; demonstrate Gerontological competence; and understand practices in the field. The vast majority also believe that their program is or was challenging and that faculty members expect high quality work. They feel that requirements are clear and that sufficient research opportunities exist within the Institute. The majority rate the overall quality of the program as excellent, especially faculty preparedness. Not surprisingly, students are very positive about their interactions with faculty, including one who noted, "This is a new approach to learning for me. We are fortunate to have great leaders like Drs. Morgan, Mingo, Kemp, and Burgess." The overwhelming majority indicated that faculty members are prepared, up-to-date, accessible, help to motivate, and fair. They also feel administrative staff members are helpful, that the Institute promotes an environment of inclusiveness and respect, and they would recommend the Institute to other students. Student comments include, "Excellent diversity, inclusiveness, and respect from this Institute" and "The diversity and collegiality of the students and faculty is one of the best things about this department. There are many opportunities given by faculty for professional growth and engagement with leaders in the field of aging. The faculty ARE leaders in the field of aging."
Graduate Employment Outcomes:
The majority of our MA and graduate certificate alumni are employed and hold positions in areas related to health, older adults, and aging policy and services. Our MA alumni gained employment with a variety of employers including non-profits (for example, Second Wind Dreams, Georgia Council on Aging), state government (for example, Georgia Division of Aging Services), aging services (for example, Atlanta Regional Commission, DeKalb Senior Services) and a variety of long term care services and support organizations (for example, Prosper Home Care, Visiting Nurse Health System, Park Springs Communities). Our recent alumni already hold a variety of leadership roles (for example, Senior Living Director, Program Manager, Lifestyle Services Supervisor) in a myriad of aging services, health care, government and non-profit organizations.
Enrolled students will have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and awards each spring semester.
For more details, go to the Scholarships and Awards page.
The M.A. in Gerontology leads to stable employment for our graduates, who go on to work in aging services or other professions that serve the needs of older adults. Career opportunities are projected to expand as the population in the United States continues to age in coming decades.
More than half of our graduates work in a non-profit or governmental agency, about one-fifth work for small private businesses.
Examples of some of the positions held by our M.A. alumni:
- Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia’s State Plan Coordinator
- Director, Respite Care Atlanta
- Evidence-Based Aging Services Coordinator, Division of Aging Services, Georgia
- Aging Services Coordinator/Caregiver Specialist, Division of Aging Services, Georgia
- Staff Ombudsman at Legacy Link
- Clinical Dietitian at Veteran’s Administration, Atlanta
- Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Georgia
- Activities Assistant at Benton Village Assisted Living, Georgia
- Data Program Coordinator, State of Oregon
- Director – Alpine Area Agency on Aging, Colorado
Ph.D. programs our alumni have gained admission to include: Aging Studies Ph.D. at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Gerontology Ph.D. at University of Southern California, Gerontology Ph.D. at University of South Florida and Sociology Ph.D. at Georgia State.
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