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How long will it take?

Typically, two years. The program requires 36 credit hours.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Gerontology, M.A.

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.

Program Details

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.

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)

Administration Concentration:

  • Aging Program Administration (3)
  • Gerontology Internship (3)
  • Capstone Seminar (3)


Research Concentration:

  • 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 survey of alumni from 2010-16 showed that:

  • 100% strongly agree or agree that “Overall, I am satisfied with my career in gerontology.”
  • 93% strongly agree or agree that “My program of study has made a positive contribution to the quality of my life.”
  • 89% strongly agree or agree that “My program of study gave me the skills I needed to contribute positively to the field of gerontology.”
  • 78% strongly agree or agree that “My program of study will/has help(ed) me meet my education and career goals.”
  • 84% strongly agree or agree that “My program of study gave me the skills I needed to make a difference in the lives of older adults.”

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.


Gerontology Institute Director
Elisabeth Burgess

Director of Graduate Studies
Wendy Simonds

Business Manager
Quinn Drake


25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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