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Master of Arts in Gerontology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Allyson Washburn

The Master of Arts in Gerontology fosters development of the conceptual and clinical foundations necessary to design and provide strengths-based services to our aging population and to develop methods of inquiry and innovative practices to address the evolving needs of aging persons in their communities. The intended enrollees are mid-career professionals who want to increase their proficiency in this area of specialization or who want to re-specialize, having worked in allied fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and implement strengths-based strategies to address the challenges and opportunities facing societies and families as members age
  2. Develop strategies for working with older adults that take into consideration age-related physical, cognitive, and emotional changes
  3. Solve problems facing older individuals or organizations serving them using knowledge of assessment and evidence-based practice, as well as an understanding of relevant legal and ethical issues
  4. Examine their own presumptions and biases about older adults and develop a deep appreciation for the paradoxes inherent in the aging process
  5. Use contemporary modes of information technology and communications media in case management, program assessment, and advocacy
  6. Advocate for public policies that improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families
  7. Conduct applied research that addresses challenges or opportunities for older adults and their communities


(12 courses; 54 quarter units)

To earn the Master of Arts in Gerontology, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work, including an integrative project for 9 quarter units. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Core Requirements (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Elective Requirements (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.