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MS - Gerontology

The number of people ages 65 and older is expected to double in the next few decades, creating a demand for health and human service professionals with gerontology skills. This online Master's program in Gerontology offers a comprehensive examination of the impact of aging on individuals, families and communities. The curriculum covers such topics as the biological, epidemiological, psychological, and social changes caused by the aging process; cultural and social attitudes toward the aging; care and services that promote productive aging; multigenerational relationships; and the impact of an aging demographic on public policy.

This specialization is part of Capella University's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings. Capella features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that brings together faculty and learners from public administration, public safety, and health care, professions that often must work together to address complex public sector challenges. Students benefit because they gain an in-depth understanding of their specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.

With your Master's in Gerontology from Capella, you'll evaluate the impact of aging on individuals, families and communities, and help develop gerontology-focused social policies and programs. You'll also learn to evaluate ethical, financial and legal retirement issues, and create culturally sensitive systems of support for productive aging.

Common jobs with an online program in gerontology include case manager, director of nursing, assisted living manager, nursing home administrator, wellness director or mental health counselor specializing in aging issues. Potential workplaces include: adult day care program, community, human service or religious organization, health care organization or long-term care facility, nursing home or retirement community/assisted living facility.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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AccreditationCapella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
RequirementsMaster's students must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
Delivery FormatOnline
Education LevelMaster
LanguageEnglish
Cost Per CreditTuition varies by school and degree program. To receive detailed information on Capella's tuition rates, request a free University Guide.