• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $565.97
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $565.97

The online graduate certificate in gerontology from MU can help you advance your career meeting the needs of Americans 65 and older. If you want to better understand the diversity among the aging population and the unique challenges they face, this may be the certificate for you.

This certificate may benefit professionals in

  • Nursing
  • Public policy
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Social work
  • Others who plan to work with older adults.

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in under two years.

Course work covers

  • Grant development and management
  • Long-term care
  • Mental health
  • Physical health and aging
  • Program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Women and aging

This program is offered as part of Great Plains IDEA, which is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Statement of purpose outlining how you see participation in the program advancing your professional goals.
  6. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your ability and potential for graduate study. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We require you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall
July 15
Spring
December 1
Summer
April 15

Courses

Core
  • H_D_FS 7252Adult Development3 Credits

    This course presents a life-span, multidisciplinary developmental framework that considers sociohistorical influences, individual differences, and concern for promoting optimal functioning. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7260Women and Aging3 Credits

    Women and aging is the study of theory, research and application of issues related to women and the aging experience. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8251Perspectives in Gerontology3 Credits

    An overview of current aging issues including the prevailing focus of gerontology theory and research, critical social and political issues in aging, the interdisciplinary focus of gerontology, career opportunities, and aging in the future. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8258Professional Seminar in Gerontology3 Credits

    An integrative experience for gerontology students designed to be taken near the end of the degree program. By applying knowledge gained in earlier course work, students strengthen skills in ethical decision-making behavior, apply these skills in gerontology-related areas such as advocacy, professionalism, family and workplace issues. Prerequisites: Completion of all other gerontology program coursework. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8972Internship in Human Development and Family Science3 Credits

    Internships and/or field training experiences under supervision. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Elective
  • H_D_FS 7233Basic Grant Development and Management (1 credit hour)1 Credit

    This course introduces students to grant development and management. This short-course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management, but it will help students gain confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7255Aging Policy3 Credits

    Policy development in the context of the economic status of the elderly populations. Retirement planning and the retirement decision; Social Security and public transfer programs for the elderly; intrafamily transfers to/from the elderly; private pensions; financing medical care for the elderly; prospects and issues for the for the future. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7256Environments and Aging3 Credits

    Examination of attributes of physical environments that support special needs of older people and application of this knowledge to the design and management of housing, institutional settings, neighborhoods and communities. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7257Aging and the Family3 Credits

    Theories and research related to personal and family adjustments in later life affecting older persons and their inter-generational relationships. Related issues including demographics are also examined through the use of current literature. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7259Mental Health and Aging3 Credits

    Student is introduced to the range of issues utilizing several theoretical perspectives and the systems framework. Major mental, emotional, and psychiatric problems encountered in old age are examined, along with normal processes of aging individual's personality, mental and brain functions. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7262Long-Term Care Administration3 Credits

    Provides information for persons interested in leadership role in long-term care, or for those considering careers intersecting with senior living organizations. Also considers long-term care options. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8001Topics in Human Development and Family Science3 Credits

    Selected current topics in field of interest.

  • H_D_FS 8238Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation3 Credits

    The course will discuss program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation. This course will focus on planning, designing logic models, and evaluating program. Students will evaluate a community-based project. Prerequisite: graduate standing required. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8253Physical Health in Aging3 Credits

    This course identifies the basic physiologic changes during aging and their effects on health and disease. The focus will be on successful aging with special emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. Practical application to community settings is addressed. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate program.

  • H_D_FS 8254Gerontology Research Methods and Program Evaluation3 Credits

    Overview of program evaluation, research methods and grant writing in gerontology. Includes application of quantitative and qualitative methods in professional settings. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $565.97
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1697.91
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1740.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $565.97
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1697.91
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1740.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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