Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Anne Glass
The Master of Science in Applied Gerontology prepares professionals to face the challenges of nationally and regionally aging populations. The program is built on theoretical foundations, supported by the practical application of service-learning, and integrating teaching, mentoring, research, and service. Graduates will use their knowledge of applied gerontology to affect the quality of life for older adults who are aging in place, or who are living in retirement communities or health care settings. Gerontologists may work with a variety or public and private organizations that provide services and goods needed by an aging population, or they may create their own new job opportunities in this fast growing field.
This is a 39 credit hour program and prospective students will include those who have majored in fields such as biology, psychology, sociology, social work, exercise science, recreation therapy, public health, or nursing, as well as allied health professionals. The primary goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for the region’s older adults through strengthening the size and skills of the workforce. UNCW is a regional university, with a mission statement that indicates a dedication to serve the population of southeastern North Carolina.
Through course work that is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, the MS in applied gerontology will prepare graduates to be aware of all aspects of aging, which will help them both personally and professionally. Graduates will be able to realistically consider careers involving work with older adults through synthesizing coursework in physiology, health sciences, psychology, and social sciences, as well as hands-on experience with older populations. Students will customize the degree program; one option is through a concentration in Aging Services Administration.
Aging Services Administration Concentration - In collaboration with the AACSB accredited Cameron School of Business, the aging services administration concentration provides individuals with fundamental skills needed to create innovative services, program and businesses to meet the growing demands of the aging demographic. Students will earn a Business Foundations Certificate along with their M.S.