Aging Studies Certificate

This certificate entails an interdisciplinary approach to gerontology for students who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. This 12-credit graduate certificate provides the knowledge and confidence needed to meet the needs of professionals who work with the aging population.

The program supplements professional training with both online and in-person courses, which are offered through the Center on Aging. The program embraces different backgrounds and interests, and is suitable for graduates from any major.

There are no required courses for the Certificate in Aging Studies. Students select and design a program consisting of gerontology (GERO course designator) and other aging-related courses from departments around the University. Students in the Certificate program usually take one course at a time and finish in two years; some finish in only one year. You must complete a minimum of 12 graduate level credits.

Recommended courses include:

  • GERO 5103, Aging and Society, 2 credits
  • GERO 5105, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging offered each fall, 3 credits
  • GERO 5110, Biology of Aging, offered each spring, 3 credits
  • FSOS 8105, Family Gerontology, 3 credits
  • PUBH 6904, Nutrition and Aging, 2 credits
  • PUBH 8803, Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies, 2 credits

Note: Some aging related courses from other departments have prerequisites.

To be admitted into the Aging Studies Certificate program (graduate level), you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and a recommended minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate coursework. No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.

Admission to the certificate program is recommended no later than after completion of the first course.

This graduate certificate provides the knowledge base and confidence necessary to meet the needs of professionals who work with the aging population by supplementing their professional training through courses specific to aging:

  • Designed for working professionals, both classroom and online courses
  • Enhances clinical and leadership knowledge
  • Provides a clearer context for work with older clients
  • Prepares you for a career move by gaining new skills

Between 2005 and 2030, the population of older adults is expected to almost double, from 37 million to 70 million. This population trend, combined with the increase in the number of minority elders and the number of older adults living with chronic disease, creates a strong need for continuing professional education in geriatrics and gerontology.

The Aging Studies Certificate is designed to help working professionals and professional students increase knowledge and understanding in the multifaceted field of human aging. By supplementing their professional training and updating their knowledge, graduates of the program are better able to meet the needs of patients and clients.

The program prepares graduates for work in businesses, organizations and agencies that address the needs of an aging population. Examples include hospitals; long-term care facilities; education; clinics; home health care agencies; hospice and end-of-life care organizations; insurance groups, counseling and social services; physician groups; financial planning; architecture and design; public policymakers; and nursing.

Application Deadline

Spring (January) Term: December 1
Summer Term: April 1
Fall Term: August 1

Contact Info
Major Coordinator
Joe Gaugler, PhD
guagl001@umn.edu