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Administration
Rebecca G. Adams, Program Director and Director of Graduate Study

About
Graduates of the gerontology programs are prepared to meet the growing demand for trained professionals in public service at local, state, and federal agencies and private, nonprofit agencies or organizations or for business professionals educated on aging issues and ready to face the markets and demands of society’s changing demographics in areas such as residential options, home care markets, human resource or long term care options. All options include internship/research opportunities. Students work closely with faculty to prepare a customized portfolio according to individual’s career goals.

Graduate Programs

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology, (16)
  • Master of Science in Gerontology (MS), Aging and Business or Non-Profit Management optional concentration, (37-49)
  • Master of Science in Gerontology/Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) dual degree, (58)
Professors

  • Rebecca G. Adams, Friendship, popular culture, community, aging (Department of Sociology, Director of Program & Director of Graduate Study). (E)
  • Laurie M. Kennedy-Malone, Community-gerontological nursing (School of Nursing).
  • William L. Tullar, Knowledge management, human resource metrics, and employee selection (Department of Business Administration).

Associate Professors

  • Kenneth A. Klase, Public administration, public budgeting and finance, public financial management. (Department of Political Science).
  • Olav Rueppell, Life history and behavior of social insects, aging and genetics of complex traits (Department of Biology).
  • Sudha Shreeniwas, Gender and family issues among seniors in India and among ethnic groups in the U.S. (Department of Human Development and Family Studies).

Gerontology, PBC, (16)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology requires 16 semester hours that must be successfully completed during four academic years. Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal essay elaborating on their experience and/or interest in working with older adults.
Students wishing to pursue the certificate in gerontology while pursuing a graduate degree should consult with the Director of the Gerontology Program and with the department of interest.

Certificate Requirements

Required Core Courses (10)
GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging
GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology
GRO 621 Health and Aging
GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I
GRO 501 and GRO 600 should be completed during the first academic year after acceptance to the certificate program.

Electives (6)
To meet the student’s educational objectives, two courses (6 hours) are selected under advisement.

Gerontology, MS, (37-49)

The MS in Gerontology requires 37-49 semester hours of course work and internships/research experiences. The programs offers concentrations in aging and business and nonprofit management (jointly with the Department of Political Science) and thesis and non-thesis options.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal essay elaborating on their experience and/or interest in working with older adults.
Applicants to the nonprofit management concentration must apply simultaneously to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in nonprofit management offered by the Department of Political Science.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (22)
GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging
GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology
GRO 620 Research Methods in Gerontology
GRO 621 Health and Aging
GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I
GRO 651 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology
GRO 679 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II
ERM 517 Statistical Methods in Education
or
STA 571 Statistical Methods for Research I
Note: GRO 651: Capstone Experience

Students are required to complete GRO 501 and GRO 600 in the first fall semester enrolled in the program. Additionally, students will be strongly encouraged to take their statistics requirement during their first fall semester and GRO 620 and GRO 621 during their first 16 semester hours after acceptance into the MS program. Students accepted without an undergraduate statistics course are encouraged to complete such a course prior to enrolling in the graduate statistics course for all MS options.

Electives (15)
To meet the student’s educational objectives, fifteen (15) hours are selected under advisement.

Thesis Option
GRO 699 Thesis

With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis. Students must register for up to six (6) hours of thesis thereby reducing elective hours.

Aging and Business Concentration
The Aging and Business concentration requires 49 hours for the thesis option or 43 hours for the non-thesis option. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates to integrate the critical issues of aging and business across a wide-range of settings, including health and wellness programming, older adult housing and retirement communities, product development and marketing, policy and program development, or financial gerontology.

Required Core Courses (22)
GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging
GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology
GRO 620 Research Methods in Gerontology
GRO 621 Health and Aging
GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I
GRO 651 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology
GRO 679 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II
ERM 517 Statistical Methods in Education
or
STA 571 Statistical Methods for Research I
Note: GRO 651: Indicates Capstone Experience.
Additional Aging Requirements (9)
GRO 610 Life Planning for the Third Age
GRO 622 Financing Longevity: Topics in Insurance
GRO 631 Planning and Evaluation for Professionals in Aging
GRO 611 Issues in Aging and Business
Students must choose two:
GRO 611A Silver Industries
GRO 611B The Boomer Demographic Phenomena
GRO 611C Workforce and Human Resource Polices for Aging Societies

Business Applications Requirements (6)
MBA 702 Financial and Managerial Accounting
MBA 703 Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes

Electives (6)
Elective courses are selected with faculty advisement to permit tailoring of the program of study to the student’s specific interests. With faculty consultation, students select 6 hours of elective courses at the 500 or 600 level from a range of disciplines including gerontology, sociology business administration, counseling, human development and family studies, public health education, and/or social work.

Thesis Option
GRO 699 Thesis

With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis.
STA 571 Statistical Methods for Research I
and
GRO 651: Capstone Experience

Students are required to complete GRO 501 and GRO 600 in the first fall semester enrolled in the program. Additionally, students will be strongly encouraged to take their statistics requirement during their first fall semester and GRO 620 and GRO 621 during their first 16 semester hours after acceptance into the MS program. Students accepted without an undergraduate statistics course are encouraged to complete such a course prior to enrolling in the graduate statistics course for all MS options.

Electives (15)
To meet the student’s educational objectives, fifteen (15) hours are selected under advisement.

Thesis Option
GRO 699 Thesis
With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis.

Nonprofit Management Concentration
The Nonprofit Management concentration requires 46 hours for the thesis option and 40 hours for the non-thesis option. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates to meet the growing demand for trained professionals in public service at local, state and federal agencies; private, nonprofit agencies, and voluntary organizations serving the elderly and older adult population and/or meeting the needs of an aging society. Course work fulfills the requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the Department of Political Science. Students must submit an application for the certificate.

Required Core Courses (25)
GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging
GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology
GRO 620 Research Methods in Gerontology
GRO 621 Health and Aging
GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I
GRO 651 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology
ERM 517 Statistical Methods in Education
or
STA 571 Statistical Methods for Research I
and
PSC 540 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Note: GRO 651: Capstone Experience

Choice Requirements (3)
Students must choose three of the following one-credit courses:
PSC 511B Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies
PSC 511D Strategic Planning
PSC 511G Grantwriting
PSC 511N Nonprofit Law
PSC 511V Volunteer Management
or
PSC 511P Topics in Public Affairs: Program Evaluation

Elective Requirements (9)
Elective courses are selected with faculty advisement to permit tailoring of the program of study to the student’s specific interests. With faculty consultation, students select 9 hours of elective courses at the 500 or 600 level with at least 3 credit hours in political science and 3 credit hours in gerontology. Other possible electives include courses in business administration, counseling, human development and family studies, public health education, and/or social work.

Internship or Research Experience Requirement (3)
GRO 679 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II
With advisement of faculty in the Gerontology Program, students select an appropriate structured setting as an experiential learning activity within a public or nonprofit agency. The internship or research experience will provide students with practical experience in the ongoing operations of an agency of government or in an organization engaged in public affairs activities serving the elderly or addressing the needs of an aging society.

Thesis Option
GRO 699 Thesis
With faculty approval, students who are interested in exploring a specific research problem in depth may choose to complete a thesis.

Gerontology, MS/MBA (GRO), (58)

The MS/MBA is offered jointly by the Gerontology Program and the Bryan School of Business and Economics and requires a minimum of 58 semester hours.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal essay elaborating on the applicant’s experience and/or interest in working with older adults.

Applicants must have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Applications are reviewed by both the Director of Gerontology Program and the MBA Program Director.

Degree Requirements

Computer Literacy
Upon entry to the MS/MBA degree program, students should have a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications in a PC environment. Familiarity with Excel is required. Students must also be familiar with basic probability and statistics as covered in computer-based training modules approved by the MBA Program.

Required Core Courses (46)
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in GRO 600 and GRO 501 concurrently.
MBA 701 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
MBA 702 Financial and Managerial Accounting
MBA 703 Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes
MBA 706 Marketing Management
MBA 707 Financial Management
MBA 708 Operations for Competitive Advantage
MBA 712 Strategic Management
MBA 716 Leadership and Sustainable Business
MBA 717 Technology and Innovation
MBA 718 Global Business in Practice
GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging
GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology
GRO 620 Research Methods in Gerontology
GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I
GRO 651 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology

Capstone Experience
MBA 741 Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage (3) OR GRO 679 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II (3)

Electives (12)
Selected upon advisement to permit tailoring of the program of study to the student’s specific interests and to include at least 9 semester hours in gerontology or gerontology electives.

GRO 501 Seminar: Critical Issues of Aging (3:3)
Intensive review and analysis of the literature and research on issues and unresolved problems of aging. Offered both face-to-face and online.
Offered
Fall

GRO 600 Proseminar in Gerontology (1:1)
Introduction and gateway to the profession and study of gerontology including career roles and paths, professional development and ethics, and research processes and conduct.

GRO 601 Practical Issues in Aging (1:1)
Examination of a topic in aging from an applied perspective applicable to professionals working in the field of aging.
Notes
May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits when topic varies.

GRO 610 Life Planning for the Third Age (3:3)
Integrative approach to explore how trends in finances, relationships, health, self-development, housing and work/leisure time interact to impact quality of life and options available to aging adults.

GRO 611 Issues in Aging and Business

GRO 611A Silver Industries (1.5:1.5)
Comprehensive overview of the gerontological trends and associated business consequences that characterize an aging society. Case illustrations highlighted.

GRO 611B The Boomer Demographic Phenomena (1.5:1.5)
Comprehensive overview of the current and future societal and demographic trends as a consequence of the Boomer Demographic Phenomena with implications for government, community, and business markets. Applied demographic exercises.

GRO 611C Workforce and Human Resource Polices for Aging Societies (1.5:1.5)
Examines the impact of aging societies on workforce issues and the need for government and employer policies and programs.

GRO 620 Research Methods in Gerontology (3:3)
The integration and application of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods used in gerontology. Additional attention focuses on the formulation and writing of a research proposal.
Prerequisite
GRO 501 and permission of instructor

GRO 621 Health and Aging (3:3)
Examines aspects of health and aging from an integration of biomedical and psychosocial perspectives. Foundations for the professional practice of gerontology.

GRO 622 Financing Longevity: Topics in Insurance (3:3)
Overview of concepts and products of insurance related to financing longevity in the United States. Topics include Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and related products.

GRO 631 Planning and Evaluation for Professionals in Aging (3:3)
Introduction to the knowledge and skills related to planning and evaluating innovative responses to the aging of society using program theory as a foundation.

GRO 632 Communities Responding to an Aging Society (3:3)
Addresses community responses to an aging society and how those responses may be enhanced through civic engagement, infrastructure development, and public/private initiatives. Emphasizes developing and sustaining innovative programs.

GRO 633 Long Term Care Public Policy (3:3)
Addresses public policy related to the organization, financing, and delivery of the broad continuum of long term care with a concentration on the care of frail older adults.

GRO 649 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience I (3:0:10–12)
First internship or research experience for graduate students in gerontology. 140 to 160 hours in a program approved site developed from among nonprofit, governmental, or business settings.
Prerequisite
GRO 501 and permission of instructor
Notes
Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U.

GRO 651 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology (3:3)
Integration of current literature and theoretical applications in gerontology focusing on specific area(s) of student’s specialty and internship experiences. Additional emphasis on professional writing, presentations, networks, and extramural funding.
Prerequisite
Enrollment in the MS in gerontology program and completion of at least 24 hours of course work including: 501, 620, 649, ERM 517 or STA 571 (plus lab), and 12 hours of gerontology electives
Offered
Spring

GRO 676 Special Topics in Gerontology (1 or 3)
Study of a special topic in gerontology.
Notes
May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

GRO 677 Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Healthy Aging (3:3)
Examination of entrepreneurship opportunities related to the aging population, with specific attention to products and services that extend the healthy lifespan. Includes development of Business Opportunity Analysis.
Cross Listed Courses
ENT 677, KIN 677

GRO 679 Gerontology Internship or Research Experience II (3:0:12–15)
Final internship or research experience for graduate students in gerontology. 160 to 200 hours in a program approved site developed from among nonprofit, governmental, or business settings
Prerequisite
Admission to the MS in gerontology. Completion of at least 2/3 course work, including GRO 501, GRO 600, GRO 620, and GRO 649, CITI certification for social and behavioral sciences, and permission of instructor
Notes
Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U.

GRO 695 Independent Study (1–3)
Intensive study in an area of special interest in gerontology.
Notes
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours credit.

GRO 699 Thesis (1–6)
Individual guidance in the development of a specific research problem.
Prerequisite
GRO 501, GRO 620, GRO 649, GRO 651, GRO 660
Notes
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U

GRO 711 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

GRO 801 Thesis Extension (1–3)

GRO 803 Research Extension (1–3)