Master’s Degree in Gerontology
The Master of Arts (M.A.) curriculum is designed for two types of students seeking careers in gerontology. A program administration concentration prepares students to work in aging services and policy analysis and focuses on program design and administration. A research concentration prepares students to enter doctoral programs in gerontology, sociology, psychology, policy studies, family studies or related fields and for beginning careers with organizations engaged in aging research.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Gerontology
(Courses are three semester hours)
Prerequisite required of students without previous coursework in statistics.
SOCI 3010 Social Statistics or another approved statistics course
1. Core courses (18 semester hours)
GERO 7110 Aging Policy and Services
GERO 7260 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
B. Research Concentration
GERO 8110 Evaluation Research in Gerontology
3. Elective courses (6 hours)
GERO 6475 Communication and Aging
The Gerontology Institute welcomes applications from professionals working in the field of gerontology, college seniors and recent graduates, mature or returning students, individuals making career changes, retirees, and international students. It is not necessary to have a background in gerontology to gain admission to the master’s program.
How to Apply
The Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences handles all applications for the M.A. in Gerontology. Please go to the college website to Graduate Programs, http://www.cas.gsu.edu/grad.html, to apply for admission online. Applicants should follow the instructions outlined in the Application Guide, http://www.cas.gsu.edu/docs/grad/application_booklet.pdf, and have on hand the required information prior to accessing the online application.
When to Apply
Applicants to the M.A. program are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The admissions committee reviews applications when they are received. April 15th is the application deadline for fall semester, and October 15th is the application deadline for spring semester. International students are advised to apply by March 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester to allow time for obtaining a visa.
What to Submit
In addition to completing all GSU application forms, submitting official transcripts, and paying the required application fee, applicants to the M.A. in Gerontology must provide the following items:
1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
2. Three letters of recommendation.
3. A statement of educational and career goals.
4. A current resume.
Graduate Record Exam
A testing center is located at Georgia State University. Applicants may register for the test by calling 404-413-1737 or obtain test preparation information by calling 404-413-6406. Additional information about the GRE and test preparation as well as the location of other test sites is available at www.gre.org.