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Social Gerontology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


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 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.
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Online:  349 $/credit

Living costs for Warrensburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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