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Gerontology Graduate Certificate

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Graduate Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate in gerontology allows students to combine a research interest in aging with graduate study in an academic department. Completion of the certificate enables students to apply specialized knowledge of the social, psychological, demographic, and biomedical aspects of aging to their professional disciplines. The certificate represents an additional credential for graduate students from a variety of academic fields who are preparing for careers in research and teaching or professional practice.


Any KU student in a degree-granting department or school at the master’s or doctoral level is eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology. Nondegree-seeking students also may apply. Further information about the Gerontology Certificate Program and the application process is available online or by writing to the graduate adviser:


A detailed description is available on the Gerontology Center’s website. Students complete 15 hours of course work including a research practicum or field placement. The certificate enables students to integrate knowledge of gerontology into their own academic disciplines or professional training. Course work includes the gerontology proseminar, courses in the biology of aging, the psychology of aging, communication and aging, and social gerontology, as well as gerontology electives. These requirements are based on the recommendations of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for graduate certificate programs.


Cooperating departments and schools list courses related to aging. See the website for course listings from recent semesters.

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