M.A. On Campus


Northeastern Illinois University

12 months
865 USD/credit 31140 USD/year
865 USD/credit 31140 USD/year
432 USD/credit 15552 USD/year
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From 2025 to 2050, the global aging population will double in number and reach 1.6 billion. There will be a need for well-trained professionals to address the needs of this growing segment of the population. The Gerontology program of the Northeastern Illinois University offers training addressing both current and projected occupational knowledge and skills within the field of gerontology.


The M.A. in Gerontology program is an award-winning academic program, recognized as a program of excellence by both the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the American Psychological Association professional societies in 2014.

Program Benefits

The Gerontology program of the Northeastern Illinois University, in comparison to other gerontology master’s degree programs in the Chicago area, offers the most extensive training while still being the most cost-effective tuition option for students. The M.A. in Gerontology program produces a well-trained graduate who is prepared to effectively address the needs of an aging population. This is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Part of this intensive training process relates to students having two opportunities for career related on-site training through both a practicum and internship within a well-established, age-related site experiences.
  • Coursework reinforces a strong research model for students, from a solid grounding in human developmental theories to the extension of their own research interests in writing papers and eventual thesis proposal.
  • In addition to learning course content, students are taught important skills of good academic writing and critical analysis in reading and writing.
  • The program has flexible course offerings. Both core and elective courses are offered during the evening and on Saturdays, and many of the elective courses are now fully online.
  • Program faculty engage in ongoing mentoring of students from their entry into the gerontology program to even after they graduate, assisting them with career opportunities and further professional development such as conference presentations and publications.

Career Options

The Gerontology faculty members fully support our students in training for careers in the aging field.

The following are example careers in gerontology from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s “Exploring Careers in Aging” website (some additional professional training may be needed):

  • Aging Services Administrator
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Referral Specialist
  • Volunteer Management
  • Financial and Legal Services
  • Career Planning
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Conservator
  • Elder Law
  • Fiduciary Gerontologist
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Physical/Recreational Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Adult Day Care
  • Adult Foster Home/RCF
  • Assisted Living
  • Housing and Home Modification (to support Independent Living)
  • Aging-in-Place-Specialist
  • Home Safety Auditor
  • Intergenerational Activities
  • Intergenerational Childcare
  • Advocacy
  • Corporate Gerontologist
  • Personal Care and Services
  • Communal Living Coordinator
  • Elder Dating Service
  • Pet Therapy
  • Employee Assistance Program-EAP
  • Ergonomics Assessment
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Gerontology: An Overview
  • Developmental Processes In Later Life
  • Developmental Processes In Aging: Physiological Aspects
  • Research Methods
  • Public Policy And Aging
  • Values, Decision Making And The Elderly

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students seeking admission to the M.A. in Gerontology program must have completed 15 undergraduate credits in the social sciences (anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, etc.) In addition, applicants must have completed one (3 credit) course in statistics.
  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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