Nov 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology, M.A. (301101)


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M.A. in Gerontology is a 36-hour degree program, offered fully online, consisting of 21 hours of core courses and 15 hours of concentration courses. 

Concentration Areas


Areas of study for M.A. in Gerontology include Aging Studies, Grief Care Management, Health Care Management, Long-Term Care Administration, Mental Health, Program Administration, and Small Business Management.

Please note that some non-GERO courses may involve discipline-based prerequisites.  Students will need to be advised for enrollment in non-GERO courses.

Program Admission


Regular Status:  Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be regularly admitted:

Any graduate, terminal, or professional degree from a regionally accredited university
OR
a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited university

OR
a GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited university

 


Conditional Status:  Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be conditionally admitted:


Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited university
OR
a GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited university
OR
Minimum formula score of 622.6 (2.2 GPA x 283 GRE)
OR
With a GPA of 2.2 or higher, some candidates with 5 years of employment in a relevant field of study may qualify for a waiver of test scores.

 


 

Program Requirements


Core Requirements

Core courses are required for all concentrations offered in the Gerontology program and are offered fully online.

Total Hours of Core Courses:  21 Hours
Total Hours of Concentration:  15 Hours
Total Hours to complete the degree program:  36 hours


Students will be required to complete, at least, 21 hours of Gerontology courses. This implies that 21 out of 36 hours need to be taken from within the Gerontology program.  Remaining 15 hours may be taken within or outside of the Gerontology course offerings.  All electives will need to be approved by the Program Director. 

Students will not be required to take Comprehensive Exams for any concentration in the Gerontology program.  In lieu of Comprehensive Exams, students will complete the Capstone Course GERO 5095   in the last semester of their degree program.
 


Requirements for the degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Aging Studies are: 

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students in this concentration may choose between three hours of internship (GERO 5090 ) or a three-hour approved elective.
 


Requirements for a degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Grief Care Management are:

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students in this concentration may choose between three hours of Internship (

 ) or three hours approved elective. 

 


Requirements for a degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Health Care Management are:

A minimum of two courses from Category A and a minimum of two course from Category B.   Additionally, a fifth course from either Category A or B.  In all, five (15 hours) need to be completed.
Please note that some non-GERO courses may involve discipline-based prerequisites.  Students will need to be advised when choosing courses from Category B.

Category A - A minimum of 2 courses (6-9 hours):

Category B - A minimum of 2 courses (6-9 hours):

A fifth course from either Category A or B
Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

 


Requirements for a degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Long-Term Care Administration are:

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students in this concentration must complete the state required Administrator in Training (AIT) for their internship.
Three hours of gerontology electives will be substituted for

  if a student already possesses the Nursing Home Administrator’s license.
 


Requirements for the degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Mental Health are:

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students in this concentration will be provided with hand-on laboratory experiences in PSYC 5011  and PSYC 5018  .
 



Requirements for the degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Program Administration are:

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students in this concentration may choose between three hours of internship (GERO 5090 ) or a three-hour approved elective.

 



Requirements for the degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Small Business Administration are:

Students need to take five courses out of the following seven courses:

Total Hours of “Concentration” Courses:  15 Hours

Students who choose GERO 5090  will be placed for an internship in small business agencies and organizations.

 

Graduate Courses


Note: To receive graduate credit for a 4000-level course designated “For Undergraduate and Graduates,” a student must be in graduate admission status at the time credit is earned in the course. Credit earned in undergraduate admission status cannot be changed to graduate credit.

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