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Application Deadline: Jan. 4, 2024
Classes Start: Jan. 9, 2024

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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

Introductory course for the Master of Arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored.

This course promotes integrity as students acquire attitudes and skills that promote the understanding of adult development with special attention paid to the aging process. It further promotes integrity as students learn to suspend judgment and draw various fields together in order to understand and provide quality care services to the aging population with sensitivity to cultural differences. Students obtain the knowledge of techniques and research while attaining competency in the timely use of various person centered interventions. As knowledge and competency develop, a sense of confidence and leadership is cultivated.

This course examines foundation-level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be active participants in the generation and implementation of research knowledge.

Provides an overview of ethics as they relate to aging and older adults. This course examines a variety of ethical and moral issues at the clinical, social, cultural, policy and individual levels. Students explore key value issues that shape societal and individual perceptions about ethics and aging. This course considers the ethical implications of ageism.

The practicum experience encompasses a supervised practice in a community agency that serves older adults and their families. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 240 hours of service during this 16-week course.

This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.

This course examines the impacts of aging on individuals and societies, including social, cultural and individual reactions to aging in the society and the diversity of reactions to aging. Theoretical frameworks for aging and involvement will be presented, examined and integrated. Field Trip: Required.

The course provides an overview and analysis of the policymaking process and policy initiatives as these affect older adults in society.

Designed to expand students’ knowledge of and skills in effective program management of aging services and organizations serving older adults. Students review the aging network while considering the unique needs of older adults. This course also examines approaches for managing service programs effectively. Implications for program evaluation are considered.

Covers a variety of special topics in gerontology. This course is developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. The topics broaden and complement the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the M.A. in gerontology program. Examples of topics include: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; Aging in Literature and Film; Sexuality and Aging; and Grant Writing.

Focuses on current issues and problems in gerontology utilizing literature reviews, research and primary data collection. Students complete a thesis, applied or analytical project and are expected to define, complete and defend their project and complete their capstones during this 16-week course. This course includes the 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

January 3, 2024

Start Date

January 9, 2024

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