Loma Linda University

24 months
44256 USD/year
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It combines the study of physical, mental, social, and spiritual changes that affect individuals as they age. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills required for competent practice, with considerable attention given to understanding the social, cultural, and economic factors that affect services for this population.


All students must complete 48 quarter units of course work. The 24 units of foundation content required for all students are followed by 12 units in one of the two concentrations:

  • Policy, planning, and administration: Students opting for the policy, planning, and administration concentration gain knowledge and skills in the public administration, planning, and coordination of older adult services. Students acquire an appreciation for the unique policy and systems structure influencing the delivery of older adult services. Within this framework, students develop an understanding of the issues and challenges in creating and sustaining responsive systems of care for older adults and their families.
  • Clinical services: Students opting for the clinical services concentration develop knowledge and skills in locating and providing resources, services, and opportunities for the older adults and their families; as well as acquiring knowledge that supports enhancing the problem-solving and coping skills of older adults and their caregivers. Students gain an appreciation for the social support factors and community systems that create opportunities or exacerbate problems in daily living. Students develop an understanding of the issues that impact the creation of effective systems of care and responsive social policies.

Both concentrations emphasize a thoughtful reflection about the multidimensional issues in gerontology that will provide students with a deeper understanding of policy, administration, and practice issues affecting the field.

Possible Careers: Because people are generally living longer, there is a growing need for people to work in the field of aging and social work. Opportunities for direct practice, research, advocacy, and teaching are available with this valuable degree. Examples of career options in gerontology and social work are: health care professional, mental health therapist, within education organizations, the research and communication industries, policy and program planning, administration/program directors, and Legal Services.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual Theories of Aging
  • Economic Theory and Social Policy
  • Diversity and Aging
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health and Mental Health
  • Christian Bioethics
  • Care of the Dying and Bereaved

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For admission with regular status, satisfactory performance is defined as a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 and an analytical writing score of 4.0. Students submitting lower scores may be considered for provisional status.
  • The applicant must demonstrate satisfactory performance on a critical-essay examination (CEE) administered by the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology under the guidance of the School of Behavioral Health. For admission with regular status, satisfactory performance for the CEE is defined as a minimum pass rate of 75 percent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22128 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    44256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22128 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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