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.

Capstone Requirement

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:

Required research courses:

Required capstone research seminar:

Suggested electives (choose five):

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.