Gerontology Students in a Classroom

Department of Gerontology

About Gerontology: Populations are aging worldwide. People are living longer and the number of older persons is growing rapidly. Gerontology is the study of the economic, physical, emotional, social, and practical effects of aging. The field of gerontology is broad and the demand for professionals is increasing. Students enjoy small classes in a supportive, personalized learning environment in one of the oldest departments of gerontology in the world.

100 PhDs and counting!

UMass Boston has awarded more doctoral degrees in Gerontology than any other institution in the world. In spring 2021, we awarded our 99th, 100th, and 101st PhDs. We are so proud of our graduates' hard work, dedication to the field, and the impact they make in the world. Click here to learn more.

Frank Caro headshotHonoring our former gerontology department chair, journal editor, and mentor:
UMass Boston Gerontology has established the Frank Caro Scholarship for Social Justice in Aging, to increase the diversity of leaders in the field of aging studies, and support prospective doctoral students who are dedicated to prioritizing under-represented communities in their research and/or service. Learn more.


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