Social Gerontology

University of Central Missouri

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597 USD/credit
299 USD/credit
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The Master of Science in Social Gerontology from the University of Central Missouri will prepare you for a rewarding career in this booming field.

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Based on a philosophy of excellence in care for older adults, this program is designed for working professionals like you. You’ll be ready for diverse career options, from working in aging services administration to providing personal care and services. Since the gerontology field is multidisciplinary, we welcome students who have completed any undergraduate major to pursue the M.S. in Social Gerontology at UCM.Flexibility For YouDegree Completion

Thanks to UCM’s flexible course offerings, you can balance your graduate studies with your work and family life. By taking courses online or during the day, night and over the summer at our Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses, you can complete this program in less than two years!

This program is an interdisciplinary course of study designed for students seeking to prepare themselves for one of the many opportunities in the growing field of service for older adults. UCM offers both an on-campus program in Warrensburg and off-campus at the UCM Summit Center.

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Social Gerontology, MS (53-760) (30 hours)

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Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Social Gerontology will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social, psychological, economic and physical aspects of aging;
  • Identify the impacts of social policies on an older adult, his/her family, professionals in the field of aging, and the organizations for which they work;
  • Identify the key management issues facing administrators of aging related organizations and/or facilities that serve older adults;
  • Identify the major issues associated with each stage of life with special focus on the older years;
  • Identify the key problems for older adults as they move from independent living to institutionalization;
  • Differentiate between research methodologies and be able to apply the appropriate strategy to a given problem;
  • Apply the knowledge he/she has learned in the classroom within organizations and facilities that serve older adults; or if doing a thesis, demonstrate an ability to formulate an independent research question and conduct a project assess the question;
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral form;
  • Act ethically in research and professional practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies 
  • Sociology of Aging 
  • Applied Gerontology 
  • Social Services and Policy with Older Adults 
  • Aging of Self and Others 
  • Management and Administration in Older Adult Settings 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2.75 (required)
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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application: this fee is $75.00 USD and non-refundable. 
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency
  • Transcripts
  • Declaration of Financial Support
  • Official Bank Statement/Certification
  • Photocopy or Passport and Passport Signature Pages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    597 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 597 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    299 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 299 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.

Online:  349 $/credit


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