Master of Arts


Explore our 100% online gerontology programs from Concordia University Chicago

Advance Your Career Serving Older Adults

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

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Online Master’s in Gerontology

The Master of Arts in Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago positions graduates to promote and contribute to the wellness of our aging population. It prepares graduates to work in a variety of aging-related careers. Additionally, this course of study allows for a tailor-made curriculum combining an integrated perspective on aging and older adults. Students are trained in the best practices of gerontological education, research, and practice.

Our gerontology masters program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary course of study for individuals interested in meeting the needs of an aging world and improving the lives of older adults.

The world’s population is aging and the number of older adults is increasing. This demographic reality suggests that there will be a demand for individuals skilled in addressing the unique opportunities and challenges associated with aging.

Wondering how a degree in gerontology is different than geriatrics? Learn more.

Learning Objectives

The Master of Arts in Gerontology is designed to prepare traditional and nontraditional students for a career in gerontology. Based on the conceptual learning guidelines proposed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), this gerontology program is designed to enable the student to:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness, abilities and potentials of all older adults and their contributions to their families, their community and to society
  • Acquire educational, research and practice skills for an informed gerontological professional identity and practice.
  • Develop increased competency in service to older adults and their families.
  • Develop skills for scholarship and research in assessing and implementing future change for older adults and an aging society.

Curricular Alignment, National Recognition

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in Gerontology is nationally recognized by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Gerontology programs at Concordia-Chicago are aligned with AGHE’s national competencies and best practices.

Therefore, our engaging classroom activities and discussions are supplemented with ample opportunities to engage in gerontological education, research, and practice. Interactive group and individual projects encourage candidates to hone their skills as future gerontologists in a supported environment.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.85 or master’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher


Required Coursework 33 Credit Hours

  • GERO 6000 Perspectives in Gerontology
  • GERO 6050 Adult Development and Aging
  • RES 6620 Introduction to Research
  • GERO 6045 Aging, Values, Attitudes, and Ethics
  • GERO 6980 Practicum in Gerontology (240 hours in field)
  • GERO 6510 Diversity in Aging
  • GERO 6160 Sociology of Aging
  • GERO 6500 Public Policies and Aging (GERO 6500)
  • GERO 6495 Program Management in Aging (GERO 6495)
  • GERO 6750 Advanced Topics in Gerontology
  • GERO 6900 Seminar in Gerontology (includes capstone experience)

Judy Smith

MA in Gerontology

“While the Gerontology coursework was online, the professors made an effort to be accessible and to make the experience very personal. I appreciated the assistance that my professors provided to me in developing a career path that fits my interests and skill set.”

Deadline to Apply

May 3, 2023

Start Date

May 8, 2023

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