Academic Programs

The Department of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies offers students innovative graduate programs for the study of aging.

The PhD program is one of the oldest program of its kind and has produced more PhDs in gerontology than any university in the world.

Further, our award-winning and pioneering online Management of Aging Services program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This program has trained hundreds of students who have gone on to careers as administrators and managers in the field.

Gerontology Graduate Programs

Gerontology, PhD

Our pioneering interdisciplinary program draws on theories and research methods in the social, behavioral, and policy sciences to improve the lives of growing and diverse elderly populations. Our graduates assume leadership roles in academia, research, and public policy.

Program details: on campus, daytime courses, full-time study preferred, assistantships available, 69 credits plus dissertation

Application deadline: June 1 for fall admissions
(applications received by February 1 will receive priority consideration for potential funding)

Gerontology Research/Policy, MS:

Our interdisciplinary courses provide opportunities to apply theory and research methods in the social, behavioral, and policy sciences to the study of aging. Our alumni pursue careers in research, advocacy, policy analysis, and organizational leadership.

Program details: on campus, daytime courses, full- and part-time study options, 36 credits

Application deadline: June 1 for fall admissions

Management of Aging Services, MS

This award-winning, online program prepares students for careers in advocacy, education, marketing, product development, service delivery, management and administration, program planning, and research.

Program details: online, evening and weekend courses, full- and part-time study options, summer courses offered, 36 credits

Application deadlines: June 1 for fall; November 1 for spring admissions

Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

This high-quality, affordable, online program requires the completion of 5 three-credit courses. Graduates are eligible to apply their credits towards the Management in Aging Services, MS program, should they choose to continue their studies.

Program details: online, evening and weekend courses, full- and part-time study options, summer courses offered, 15 credits

Application deadlines: June 1 for fall; November 1 for spring admissions

Gerontology Undergraduate Programs

Global Aging and Life Course Studies, BA

Learn about the issues, questions, perspectives, needs, and contributions of older persons and compare the opportunities and challenges associated with aging populations internationally.

Application deadlines:
Early Action Deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: March 1

Frank J. Manning Certificate in Gerontology

In this six-course online program, students gain an understanding of the aging network and aging process through direct service, research, field placements, social and public policy, and legislative advocacy for the elderly.

Application deadlines: June 1 for fall; November 1 for spring admissions

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