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Gerontology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #972 (BCR) San Francisco, CA, United States
The Gerontology program of San Francisco State University is an applied, professional program designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging, or a related human service field, who wish to improve their knowledge and skills.
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Overview

The Gerontology program of San Francisco State University has a curriculum that is designed to:

  • emphasize the broad, interdisciplinary nature of issues which relate to and influence older adults;
  • provide students with the academic background, professional experience, and research capabilities necessary to pursue advanced study at the doctoral level; and
  • prepare students for professional practice and leadership positions in the public and private sectors where gerontological knowledge is required.
  • empower students with a vision of social justice, diversity, consumer-driven services, and global issues to promote intergenerational understanding; and
  • invest in students a working knowledge of theoretical foundations and prepare students with tools to use quantitative and qualitative methods in applied research for solving a variety of practical problems in the community and link the micro and macro aspects of aging.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and professional skills in the psycho-social aspects of aging.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and professional skills in the bio-medical aspects of aging.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and professional skills in the socio-economic aspects of aging.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and professional skills in applied research in aging.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and professional skills in community-based internship in aging.

Career paths

Gerontology is one of the fastest growing disciplines within the field of Health and Human Services. Current demographic projections indicate that California will experience a doubling of the population over the age of 65 by the year 2020; furthermore, of all age groups, the group over age 85, the oldest old, is increasing at the greatest rate. Not only will there be greater numbers of older persons by 2020, but they will also be increasingly single, female, and ethnically diverse. A Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gerontology prepares the student for effective performance in a career of service to older adults. It also lays a firm academic foundation in applied gerontology for students who choose to work toward a doctoral degree. Students have the opportunity to choose a number of career paths in the field of aging within the public and private sectors.

Gerontology can also be applied to programs of health promotion in both the private and public sectors.  Senior centers, retirement communities, long-term institutions and professional organizations serving older persons now recognize the need for making wellness a priority in planning, programs, and services. Health and wellness are also new priorities for school children and adults and students may explore career opportunities for intergenerational practice. Students choosing a Gerontology emphasis in health, wellness and aging are prepared for professional practice in local, state and federal government, the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and organizations from AARP to the YMCA.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Aging in a Multidimensional Context
  • Aging Processes: Health and Human Services
  • Age and Social Policy Analysis
  • Aging and Diversity
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging and Social Services
  • Research Methods in Gerontology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • Have an earned undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree
  • Apply online on Cal State
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers
  • Your current resume
  • Statement of purpose to the SF State M.A. in Gerontology Program
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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