Gerontology- Master of Gerontological Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Certificate

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Scripps Gerontology Center
396 Upham Hall, 513-529-2914

The MGS and Ph.D. programs are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology with support from the Scripps Gerontology Center. The Certificate Program is offered through the Scripps Gerontology Center.

Master of Gerontological Studies

Application Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations by the graduate faculty. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must submit:

  1. academic transcripts,
  2. general test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
  3. a minimum of three recommendation letters evaluating the student's academic capability, potential for success in graduate studies, and professional promise,
  4. a personal statement indicating past academic and/or professional experiences, future career goals, and reasons for interest in gerontology, and
  5. a resume or CV.

Program Requirements

Core courses are offered in gerontology, with additional courses available in other departments. This program is designed for students whose interests and career goals include research or applied work in the field of gerontology.

The program requires 43 semester hours, including course work, a practicum in the field of aging, and a critical inquiry paper based on student interest.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

(43 semester hours)

GTY 602Perspectives in Gerontology3
GTY 604Gerontology Proseminar 11
GTY 605Gerontology Proseminar 21
GTY 606Gerontology Proseminar 31
GTY 607Gerontology Proseminar 41
GTY 608The Logic of Inquiry4
GTY 609Qualitative Research Methods3
GTY 611Linking Research and Practice3
GTY 641Organizations and the Aging Enterprise3
GTY 667Policy and Politics of Aging3
GTY 700Critical Inquiry In Gerontology6
GTY 708Quantitative Methods and Statistics4
GTY 740Graduate Practicum in Gerontology8
Choice of electives:2
Readings in Gerontology
Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology
Global Health and Health Care Systems
Sport, Leisure, and Aging
Exercise, Age, and Health
Public Budgeting
Death Studies
Formal Organization
Environmental Statistics
Total Credit Hours43

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Gerontology

Application Requirements

Application materials required include academic transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a letter or statement describing career objectives and areas of interest in gerontology, an interview, and letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted by those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and those who have earned or are in the process of completing a master's degree. Those entering with a bachelor's degree are required to begin their studies by fulfilling the current core requirements for the Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) Program (43 semester hours). Students are accepted into the doctoral program from a range of disciplines. For students who enter with a master's degree from a discipline other than gerontology, the faculty will determine which MGS core courses must be taken as part of their doctoral studies.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general requirements specified by the Graduate School, requirements for the Ph.D. in Social Gerontology include 60 post-master's degree credit hours consisting of 34 credit hours of course work; satisfactory performance on oral and written qualifying examinations; submission of an acceptable dissertation; and satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (dissertation defense).

Required Courses
GTY 609Qualitative Research Methods3
GTY 702Knowledge Construction & Advanced Theory3
GTY 705Teaching in Gerontology 11
GTY 706Teaching in Gerontology 21
GTY 707Teaching in Gerontology 31
GTY 718Statistical Modeling in Gerontology3
GTY 745Sociology of Aging3
GTY 850Doctoral Dissertation Research 116
Select one of the following:4
Advanced Qualitative Research & Methods
Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Aging Research
Elective courses25
Electives include, but are not limited to the following:
Perspectives in Gerontology
The Logic of Inquiry
Policy and Politics of Aging
Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Readings in Gerontology
Individual Investigation
Demography & Epidemiology of Aging
Total Credit Hours60

Minimum 16 credit hours, maximum 60.

Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

This certificate program is available to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met program prerequisites. It must be completed within five years of the date the first course was taken toward the certificate, and it is awarded upon completion of this program and a graduate degree.

This program offers

  1. a general background in aging processes, problems, and issues,
  2. methods of problem solving and program evaluation, and
  3. in-depth study of various topics in aging.

Certificate Program Requirements

(15 semester hours)

GTY 602Perspectives in Gerontology 13
GTY 740Graduate Practicum in Gerontology2-3
or GTY 620 Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology
Select nine to ten semester hours of the following:9-10
Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life
The Logic of Inquiry
Qualitative Research Methods
Linking Research and Practice
Organizations and the Aging Enterprise
Policy and Politics of Aging
Program Management in Aging
Sport, Leisure, and Aging
Exercise, Age, and Health
Total Credit Hours15

Foundation course; take as early as possible.