Admissions & Financial Aid

Prepare yourself for a career developing and managing programs for the aging population.

Begin by reviewing the university's general application requirements for graduate admission. 

If you are an international applicant, please see additional requirements.

GREs are NOT required for this program.

Please note that your application may be delayed if your current last name is different than the last name on your transcripts or other application materials. If this is the case, please email, to alert admissions officers.



Cover Letter

Brief cover letter indicating you would like to be considered for admission

Statement of Purpose

Include a three or four page essay/personal statement on your experiences and why you wish to enter the program

Official Transcripts

Official  transcripts including evidence of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendations from people who can assess your academic ability.


A 1-2 page summary of your work history

Application Fee

Don't forget to include the application fee.

Application deadlines

July 1 for fall; December 1 for the spring semester

GRE scores are not required to apply for this program

Tuition & Financial Aid

The overall cost of the certificate is around $9,000, which is very affordable for those seeking career advancement or to supplement their previous education. 

Many employers offer tuition support. Be sure to talk with your supervisor or HR representative.

Employees of LeadingAge member organizations should find us on the LeadingAge Learning Hub.

Learn more about assistantships, grants, loans, and federal Work-Study awards.