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Application Deadline: May 3, 2023
Classes Start: May 8, 2023

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EdD in Leadership, specialization in Gerontology

The EdD in Leadership with a specialization in Gerontology provides a multidisciplinary framework from which to respond to existing age-related questions, and intensive, in-depth training for those who want unique preparation for leadership roles for addressing issues related to aging. The doctoral candidate’s knowledge base of research methods and theoretical perspectives encompasses various social and basic science disciplines rather than relying on a single disciplinary approach to aging and leadership.

The gerontology doctoral program produces highly qualified and trained stewards of gerontological leadership practiced in applied gerontology. Candidates of this degree may actively engage in research, teaching, or service in academic or nonacademic settings. [Source: AGHE Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatric Programs, 2008]

The longevity revolution and growing numbers of people associated with an aging population is creating the need for advanced multidisciplinary study in gerontology. This doctoral program in gerontology reflects the need for expanding the knowledge base in the field and training in the profession.

Graduates of our program will be armed with specialized training and will be well-positioned to assume leadership roles as a gerontologist in government, healthcare or academic settings.


Doctoral Specialization: Gerontology (30 credit hours)

  • GERO 7560 Sociocultural Aspects of Aging
  • GERO 7505 The Psychological Aspects of Aging
  • GERO 7805 Issues in Aging Policy
  • GERO 7000 Gerontological Theory
  • GERO 7500 The Physiology of Aging
  • GERO 7800 Demography and Epidemiology of Aging
  • GERO 7810 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Gerontology
  • GERO 7820 Leadership, Applied Ethics, Aging & Global Change
  • GERO 7900 Diversity in Aging Societies
  • GERO 7905 Professional Seminar in Gerontology

Leadership Courses (12 credit hours)

  • EDL 7120 Research‐Based Decision Making
  • EDL 7141 Organizational Change (non-K12)
  • FPR 7300 The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
  • EDL 7210 Policy Analysis (non-K12)

Research (10 credit hours)

  • RES 7900 Research Design
  • RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
  • RES 7700 Qualitative Research

Dissertation/Comprehensive Exam (min. nine dissertation credit hours)

  • COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam
  • DISS 7010, 7020, 7030 Dissertation
  • DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in human services or related field with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale
  • GRE/MAT testing requirement currently waived.
  • letters of recommendation
  • Free online application
  • Writing sample
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts from each institution attended

Michelle Olson

PhD, Leadership, Gerontology

“I selected Concordia University Chicago specifically for its online gerontology program. It has allowed me flexibility in my professional work with elders and my family obligations while pursuing this degree. This program and the support I have received have truly challenged me and prepared me to be a leader in the field of aging and as a social scientist. While I am not on a traditional academia track, I strongly believe that the skills and knowledge I have gained in this program will set me apart within long-term services and supports organizations.”

Deadline to Apply

May 3, 2023

Start Date

May 8, 2023

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