Aging Studies (GC)


Aging Studies focuses on leadership, program administration and policy development. The goal is to develop transformational leaders who are a force for positive social change in their communities and organizations. This program is designed to support the ability of working professionals to meet their educational goals without disrupting their careers. 

Catalog Year




Major Credits


Total Credits




Career Cluster

Human Services

Program Requirements

Common Core

Engaging with the practice of policy development, understanding critical policies impacting the experience of aging, and learning how to become a policy entrepreneur will be the focus for this course. The course will also explore innovations in aging policy globally.

Prerequisites: none

This course will provide students with an integrated knowledge of theory and practice in gerontology and examine the challenges involved in studying and providing services to the elderly, as well as ethical and advocacy-related issues in an aging society.

Prerequisites: none

This course will focus upon the critical examination of leadership in the context of organizations serving older populations. The course will include exploration of decisions, processes and ideas exhibited by transformational leaders in aging in the US and globally.

Prerequisites: none

Implications of sociological knowledge for the administration of Human Services programs. Theoretical and practical aspects of administration with the social service systems.

Prerequisites: none

This course will address theoretical and practical aspects of the planning and evaluation process within social service systems. Evidence-based methods of developing programs and measuring their effectiveness in the human services will be addressed.

Prerequisites: none


Admission Standards

  • In addition to all materials required by the University, applicants to Aging Studies graduate certificate programs must submit: a) a personal statement describing their personal, educational and professional goals; b) a resume.
  • Applicants who meet program admission standards are routinely admitted on a year-round basis and may begin coursework as soon as they are admitted.