Courses & Degree Requirements
Gerontology Research/Policy Degree Requirements
Students will successfully complete 12 courses including four foundation courses, which emphasize different disciplinary approaches to aging (12 credits); two research courses, which emphasize research methods and statistics (6 credits); at least five elective courses at the graduate level (15 credits); and a capstone research seminar (3 credits). See course lists below.
The capstone seminar offers each student the opportunity to develop a special project in his or her specific area of interest. The course is intended to assist students in implementing the knowledge and skills developed during their course of study.
A successful project will demonstrate an understanding of social gerontological theory and mastery of a research project, including interview training; research problem development, implementation of appropriate research methods for specific problems, and how to prepare a written document that describes the design of the project, the results of the analysis, and conclusions.
Students are expected to take this class at or near the end of their course of study.
Required foundation courses:
- GERON GR 621 - Social Aspects of Aging
- GERON GR 623 - Issues in Aging Policy
- GERON GR 626 - Economic Issues in Aging Populations or PPOL-G 621 - Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
- GERON GR 628 - Psychology of Aging
Required research courses:
- GERON GR 601 - Research Methods and Experimental Design
- GERON GR 603 - Statistical Methods in the Analysis of Social Problems I
Required capstone research seminar:
Suggested electives (choose five):
- GERON GR 604 - Statistical Methods in the Analysis of Social Problems II
- GERON GR 609L - Qualitative Methods and Field Research
- GERON GR 611 - Health and Physical Changes in Aging
- GERON GR 631 - Families of Later Life
- GERON GR 651 - Issues in End of Life Care and Bereavement
- GERON GR 697 - Special Topics in Aging Policy (excluding online sections)
- GERON GR 701 - Advanced Statistical Methods in Gerontology
- GERON GR 724 - Diversity in Aging Societies
- GERON GR 760 - Policy Analysis Techniques
- GERON GR 761 - Advanced Policy Analysis in Aging
- GERON GR 772L - Seminar in Health Care Financing
- GERON GR 796 - Independent Study in Aging Policy
- GERON GR 798 - Internship in Gerontology
Other graduate-level courses may count as electives, with prior approval of the program director.
Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program in Gerontology Research/Policy
For highly-qualified UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique program allows you to finish your master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.
You will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete your master’s degree.
Learn more about our accelerated Gerontology Research/Policy, MS program.