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What will I learn?

Gerontology Plus 1 Master’s Degree Option

Students must have a 3.0 GPA and be accepted into this program by the beginning of their senior year. During the senior year, the student will be allowed to take the following four course replacements:

GRN 501 - Aging and Society instead of SOC 336 Sociology of Aging

GRN 540 - Current Issues in Gerontology instead of GRN 440 - Current Issues in Gerontology

GRN 523 - Physiology of Human Aging instead of Approved Gerontology Elective

PSY 524 - Psychology of Aging instead of PSY 324 Psychology of Aging

Requirements to Complete the M.S. in Applied Gerontology

After completing the senior year and graduating with a degree in Public Health with a Gerontology concentration, the student will take the following courses in the plus 1 year to complete the Master’s Degree in Applied Gerontology:

Requirements: 9 credit hours

GRN 590 - Practicum in Gerontology

GRN 598 - Master’s Project Proposal Development

GRN 598 - Final Project in Gerontology

Gerontology Electives: 15 credit hours

The student chooses 15 credit hours approved by the Gerontology program coordinator.

Electives include but are not limited in the following:

GRN 518 - Women and Aging

GRN 522 - Family Health and Aging

GRN 524 - Literature of Aging

GRN 526 - Psychosocial Adjustment to Retirement and Later Life

GRN 546 - Health Care Access for Older Adults

GRN 586 - Interprofessional Collaboration: Careers in Aging

GRN 591 - Directed Independent Study

GRN 595 - Special Topic Seminar in Gerontology

SWK 514 - Social Policy and Service Organizations

SWK 524 - Grant Writing and Program Development for the Human Services

SWK 530 - Social Work in the Health Care Setting

SWK 538 - Social Work Practice with Older Adults

PLS 500 - Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

PLS 502 - Public Human Resources Development and Administration

PLS 503 - Public Budgeting and Finance Administration

PLS 505 - Policy Analysis

PAR 505 - Bioethics and Aging

MBA 514 - Information Analysis and Management

MBA 562 - Management

MBA 508 - Accounting

MBA 530 - Economics

MBA 532 - Corporate Finance

MBA 542 - Marketing

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 semester hours of credit for Bachelor and plus 1 year to complete the Master’s Degree in Applied Gerontology)

Tuition fees
US$18,508.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

12 January 2022


College of Health and Human Services

601 South College Road,


North Carolina,

28403, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale to be considered for admission. Students must have completed the high school.

For international students

Students must have completed the high school.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 71 on the Internet-based exam. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.0 on the academic module. Duolingo English Test (DET) - minimum score of 95, Pearson PTE - minimum score 54.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.