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Postgraduate Certificate Online Blended


Portland State University

6 months
671 USD/credit 11407 USD/full
671 USD/credit 11407 USD/full
444 USD/credit 7548 USD/full
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The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program at 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 proces, plan for one’s own aging, create age-friendly communities, and recognize and reduce ageism, stigma, and negative stereotypes. 

You will emerge from this program 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.

What can I do with an online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Portland State University

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, behavior health, aging services, workforce development, work-life issues and family caregiving. Gero certificate alumni survey; link to and describe Careers in Aging (AGHE)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Perspectives on Aging
  • Psychology of Adult Development and Aging 
  • Sociology of Aging

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


17 alternative credits

17 - 19 


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. prior to matriculating into a graduate program.
  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11407 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 6 months.
  • National

    11407 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 6 months.
  • In-State

    7548 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 6 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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