12 months
683 USD/credit 11611 USD/year
683 USD/credit 11611 USD/year
456 USD/credit 7752 USD/year
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The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program from Portland State University is unique in its inclusion of courses from various disciplines such as urban studies and planning, public policy, social work, psychology, and sociology. 

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Through coursework (completely or mostly online) and an 80-hour internship, students will learn how and why we age and the implications of the “demographic transition.” Our talented faculty helps students find ways to optimize the aging process, plan for one’s own aging, create age-friendly communities, and recognize and reduce ageism, stigma, and negative stereotypes. 

You will emerge from this  Gerontology program from Portland State University understanding the purpose, strengths, and challenges of programs and services for improving the quality of life for older people and their families, and also know ways to recognize, value, and utilize the resources older adults represent. Our alumni go on to work with and on behalf of older adults in a wide range of private, government, and non-profit sectors.


Employment possibilities in the field of aging services are vast, and there are myriad opportunities for entrepreneurship in this field that are yet to be discovered. They include positions at international, federal, state, and local levels of governments, as well as positions in non-profit and for-profit organizations. Our faculty are global leaders on the cutting edge of social science research on aging, including best practices in housing and long-term care, planning for age-friendly communities, behavioral health, aging services, workforce development, work-life issues, and family caregiving. For more information about careers in aging, contact the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Perspectives on Aging
  • Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Death and Dying
  • Midlife and Beyond
  • Social Work with Frail Older Adults
  • Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care
  • Housing and Environments for the Elderly

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


17 SCH

17 - 19 


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    11611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7752 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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