Gerontology MA

The Master of Arts degree in gerontology is one of Youngstown State University's newest degree programs. With a solid interdisciplinary focus on social epidemiology and aging, the program differs from the few others of its kind in the state, and it joins only a small number of others in the country.

What You'll Study

The Gerontology master's program gives you an interdisciplinary approach to learning social epidemiology and aging through a blend psychology, political science, social work and human ecology coursework.

You'll study the health of older adults, including risk factors of disease that affect the health of the aging population. You'll also examine the relationship between demographic factors, such as gender, race, SES, and health and illness factors within the aging community.

The program is ideal for any professional currently working in aging- and health-related areas or for recent graduates of undergraduate programs such as:

  • Gerontology
  • Sociology
  • Nursing and nursing home administration
  • Health professions and public health
  • Human ecology
  • Biology
  • Social work

 

Master of Arts in Gerontology

  • Program Overview

    All graduate students take courses designed to foster an interdisciplinary perspective of gerontology with a focus on epidemiology and health.

    This program allows for a thesis or a non-thesis track. It consists of 36 semester hours, which may be completed in four semesters of full-time coursework or six semesters part time. After completing the core courses, thesis-track students will complete a thesis; non-thesis track students will complete an additional field practicum course or an elective.

    The curriculum is designed from an interdisciplinary perspective of gerontology with a focus on epidemiology and health. This program will provide students with advanced education in issues facing older adults, for the purpose of preparing them for advancement in the field of gerontology. The program allows for a Thesis or a Non-Thesis track based upon the students’ desires and goals. The program consists of 36 semester hours, which may be completed in four semesters of full-time coursework or six semesters part time. 

    Course Listing

  • Admission Requirements

    In addition to the minimum criteria set by the College of Graduate Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements for full admission:

    1. A cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the students’ academic or professional background.
    3. A letter of intent stating their objectives for seeking a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and how this program will help them fulfill their goals.
    4. A personal interview is optional.
    5. A Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
    6. A social statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Aging Studies Graduate Certificate

  • Program Overview

    The Graduate certificate in Gerontology and Health is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those already working with the aging population and for those who wish to become familiar with the field. The US population age 65 and over is projected to grow from 47.8 million in 2015 to 65.9 million in 2025: a 38% increase (US Census, 2014). Aging issues will affect all aspects of social, political, health and economic forces for years to come. 

    The cirriculum is designed to form an interdisciplinary perspective of gerontology and focuses on epidemiology and health. This program provides students with advanced education in issues facing older adults and their families and will provide in depth knowledge of policies impacting aging. The program consists of 18 semester hours and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

    Course Listing

Internships and Jobs

OUR STUDENTS HAVE INTERNED AT:
  • Ohio Department of Aging
  • Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Area Agency on Aging 11
OUR GRADUATES WORK FOR:
  • Mahoning Adult Protection Network
  • Agents in Action, LLC
  • Meridian Community Care
  • Area Agency on Aging 11
  • Ohio Department of Aging

One More Thing

YSU's program has a lot of opportunities for research, which is great for graduate-level studies."

Amber Durkin, Graduate Gerontology Student