Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Psychology and Applied Gerontology, Bachelor’s/Master’s Combined Program

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Program Coordinator, Psychology, B.A.: Dr. Anne Hungerford
Program Coordinator, Gerontology, M.S.: Dr. Tina Newsham


This combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program is designed to provide qualified students the opportunity to complete both degree programs in as little as five years. The successful student will earn a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Gerontology (MGRN).

Undergraduate students in Psychology must apply for admission to the 4+1 B.A. Psychology / M.S. in Applied Gerontology Combined Program.  Students should apply to the 4+1 combined program in the semester in which they are completing their 75th credit hour so that they can begin graduate coursework the semester thereafter; undergraduate students can begin the 4+1 combined program in the fall or spring semester.  Twelve hours of courses taken at the 500-level will be dual counted towards both degrees.  Students then have the option to apply to the graduate school and continue progress towards the MGRN degree upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Requirements: Completion of all degree requirements for both the bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the master’s degree in Applied Gerontology with twelve credits of graduate-level courses that will count toward undergraduate requirements.

Program Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences as a B.A. in Psychology student
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • At least 75 completed undergraduate credit hours prior to starting graduate courses
  • Completion of the application found at https://uncw.edu/chhs/shahs/academic/graduate/gerontology/index.html
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom the student has taken a 300 or 400-level course
  • Cover letter describing interest in the program and career goals related to gerontology
  • Unofficial UNCW transcript

The combined program will benefit students by:

  • providing invaluable knowledge and experience working with older adults
  • allowing 12 graduate credits to satisfy undergraduate and graduate requirements
  • reducing costs of earning a master’s degree as graduate courses completed by undergraduate students are billed at undergraduate tuition rates


Students must meet all the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology.  Students may count 12 credits of 500-level courses in the MGRN curriculum toward requirements for their undergraduate program of study. The courses available are:

For students who are admitted to the MGRN program:

Remaining requirements to complete that degree can be found at: https://uncw.edu/chhs/shahs/academic/graduate/gerontology/index.html



  • Once students are enrolled in the Psychology major and are completing their 75th credit hour, they can apply for admission into the 4+1 combined program.
  • After completing at least 75 undergraduate credit hours, those admitted to the 4+1 program can enroll in the 12 designated graduate courses.
  • Students who successfully complete the 12 500-level credits and all remaining Psychology degree requirements are awarded a B.A. in Psychology.
  • In the final semester of their bachelor’s program, students may apply to the MGRN program for summer or fall admission. Applicants must meet all Graduate School admissions requirements and submit their application by the stated deadline. Admission to the 4+1 combined program does not guarantee admission to the MGRN program upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  • If admitted to the MGRN, the 12 credits earned at the 500-level will count toward the degree requirements of the M.S. in Applied Gerontology degree.
  • The following schedule details the progression to completion of the master’s degree in one year (note that only one of the two summer terms is required):


Summer Fall Spring Summer
  • GRN 590 - Practicum in Gerontology
  • Elective
  • GRN 590 - Practicum in Gerontology (repeated for credit)
  • GRN 597 - Project Proposal
  • Elective
  • GRN 540 - Current Issues in Gerontology
  • GRN 598 - Final Project
  • Elective
  • GRN 590 - Practicum in Gerontology
  • Elective


  • Students who do not go on to the M.S. in Applied Gerontology program may apply for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology and have the 12 credits earned at the 500-level count toward the degree requirements of the Certificate.

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