Gain the skills needed to effectively work with and on behalf of older adults.

The online MS in Gerontology provides students with a core of knowledge in fundamental issues in the interdisciplinary field of gerontology, a foundation in research methods, and familiarity with questions of central concern in an aging society. It is focused on building the knowledge and skills required to successfully apply gerontological concepts to policies and programs so that effective services, care, and support to, and on behalf of, older adults and their families can be achieved. Students must complete a curriculum consisting of 36-42* graduate credits and select either a generalist area of study or an area of concentration: Aging & Applied Thanatology Principles in the Management of Aging Services Social Entrepreneurship The MS program is able to take advantage of courses available through the premiere joint campus Doctoral Program in Gerontology with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and from the Erickson School for Aging Studies also at UMBC. Applications for admission to the spring term are due by December 1. This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship.

Details, Dates & Deadlines

Program Details

Program Length

30 months

Credits to Complete


Cost/Credit Hour

In State: $783
Out of State: $997

Dates & Deadlines

Spring Deadline: December 1
Fall Deadline: July 1 

Our program is taught using a combination of live instruction via interactive video conferencing as well as individually-paced online modules. The hyflex option allows remote students to join face-to-face classes synchronously and interactively via video platforms, while our online modules allow students to complete assignments anytime, anywhere. 

Program Completion Timeline

  • The degree is designed for completion within 2.5 years academic years, but students are allowed up to five years to complete the program.

  • Participants can start the program in the fall or spring term.

Admission requirements for the MS in Gerontology are listed below: 

  • An official application
  • 75.00 application fee
  • No GRE Required
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA 
  • Official transcripts from all former institutions
    • Unofficial transcripts can be used to determine an admission decision. 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Current CV/Resume

Additional information about the application process can be found on the Master's Program Applicants page

Program Contacts


Arielle Faulkner
Admissions Counselor 


Dr. Diane Martin
Program Co-Director 

Dr. Denise Orwig
Program Co-Director 


  • Meet Your Faculty

    Faculty from across disciplines such as psychology, gerontology, pharmacy, and nursing come together to advance your expertise in the care of those coping with death, dying, and mourning.

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