Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (GERT)

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Program Advising
The Gerontology program is administered by the School of Health Sciences  through a coordinating committee of faculty from approximately 12 departments and programs throughout the campus. The 18-hour multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate is for students with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, wishing to pursue specialized study in aging, short of a Master’s degree. It is targeted to those working in the field of aging seeking formal education in gerontology; persons considering a career change; and students wishing to learn about the aging process to enhance their own aging experience.

Although the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology does not require enrollment in a graduate degree program, it may be used as a cognate or concentration in other graduate programs, including Social Work, Clinical Behavioral Psychology, Women’s Studies, Dietetics, Public Administration, Occupational Therapy, Leadership and Counseling, Sociology, the Master of Liberal Studies in Technology, the Master’s degree in Individualized Studies and other Master’s programs.

Most courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends. The program must be completed within three years. It is possible, however, to complete all requirements within one year.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Have a Baccalaureate from an accredited institution, with a minimum 2.7 GPA;

  2. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;

  3. Submit a 250-word description of their academic and professional history and their professional goals in gerontology; and

  4. Have an interview with the Gerontology program director. Students must be admitted to the Graduate Certificate program before enrolling in required course work.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 18 hours. This includes five required courses, two or more electives and a practicum. Students are also required to complete a 120-hour internship and enroll into a practicum seminar. The minimum acceptable grade in each required course is 3.0 (B). Students scoring less than a B may repeat the course once before being dismissed from the program.

Certificate Total: 18 hours


Students may take one approved 400-level course toward the certificate if it is taken for graduate credit. (website:

Advisor Information:

Andrea Gossett Zakrajsek
School of Health Sciences
322 Marshall Hall
phone: (734) 487-3220

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