The program, in cooperation with the Center on Aging, coordinates the delivery of the curriculum in human aging and facilitates activities of education, research and service which create, disseminate and apply knowledge about aging. The primary purpose of the graduate curriculum in aging is to provide a knowledge base in aging studies which, when combined with professional knowledge and skills, prepares the student for practice in the aging network. The program offers both general and administrative tracks of study at the graduate level. In addition to the Master of Science in Aging Studies, Minnesota State also offers a Graduate Certificate of Study in Aging Studies and specialized coursework leading to original licensure as a nursing home administrator in Minnesota. The University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
|Program||Locations||Major / Total Credits|
|Aging Studies MS||MS - Master of Science||
||34 / 34|
|Program||Locations||Major / Total Credits|
|Aging Studies GC||
||15 / 15|
|Long Term Care Administration GC||
||25 / 25|
Policies & Faculty
All applicants must submit the following documents to the College of Graduate Studies and Research in addition to all required university applications and documents.
- Three unique letters of reference. Duplicate references (the same reference with a different referrer's name) will lead to an automatic rejection of the application. References must be from academic or professional sources – no personal references will be accepted. Academic references may include course instructors, faculty mentors of research projects, academic internship supervisors, or faculty advisors. Professional references may include employment, non-academic internship, or volunteer experience supervisors.
- An academic writing sample (2000-3000 words, in English).
- A Personal Statement (500-1000 words, in English) on why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree in Aging Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and what career path they have in mind for its use.
Other Admission Requirements
For consideration during an upcoming term, all applications must be completely processed by July 15 for Fall term, November 15 for Spring term, and March 15 for Summer term. Students should allow at least four weeks for application review and are advised to monitor their application process closely via the online application system to insure that they have submitted all required documents. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The GRE is not required.
Graduate Program Options in Aging Studies
The admission policies presented above are required for all of the Aging Studies graduate program offerings. These include the MS Aging Studies, whether completed online or on-campus, the MS Aging Studies: Long-Term Care Leadership Emphasis, the Aging Studies Online Graduate Certificate, and the Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration and Leadership. Students are strongly urged to thoroughly consider the requirements of each of these degree or certificate offerings prior to application to insure that they select the program that best fits their current and projected personal and professional needs. Students my contact the program director for additional information.
Graduate assistantships and special funding opportunities in Aging Studies may be periodically available. In addition, a Rose M. Hull Scholarship recipient and a David and Darlene Janovy Summer Research on Aging Award recipient are selected through competitive applications each March. Contact the program director for current information relating to graduate or research assistantships and other funding opportunities.
MS Aging Studies Credit Requirements
One-half of the total credits for the MS Aging Studies and MS Aging Studies: Long Term Care Leadership Emphasis must be 600 level credits (excluding the thesis or alternate plan paper credits) whether the student selects the thesis or alternate plan paper option. Alternate plan papers are highly structured and require the same process for proposal and final defenses as the thesis. Internships or practicums are required for both degree options as is a 600 level research course.
113 Armstrong Hall
Dept of Sociology & Corrections
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Luis Posas, Ph.D.
Credits: 3Engaging 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.
Credits: 3Overview of how facilities administer supports and services to the elderly, with an emphasis on state and federal laws and the delivery of care. Course addresses the organization, operations, services, and programs of long-term care facilities. Meets state education requirements for specific content area.
Credits: 1-3Topics vary as announced in class schedule. May be retaken for credit if topic is different.
Credits: 3This course in regulatory management covers the legal, regulatory, and funding provisions and requirements governing operation of long-term care supports and services. The course meets the state educational requirement for a specific content area.
Credits: 1-3Workshop topics vary as announced in class schedule. May be retaken for credit.
Credits: 3This 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.
Credits: 3Topic varies with offering. May be taken more than once.
Credits: 3This 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.
Credits: 1-6For students following the program of study for nursing home administration.