Gerontology- Master of Gerontological Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Certificate

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Scripps Gerontology Center
396 Upham Hall (513-529-2914)
www.units.miamioh.edu/scripps/graduateprograms/index.html

The MGS and Ph.D. programs are offered through the Department of Sociology and Gerontology with support from the Scripps Gerontology Center. The Certificate Program is offered through the Scripps Gerontology Center.

Master of Gerontological Studies

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations by the graduate faculty. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must submit: (1) general test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (2) a minimum of three recommendation letters evaluating the student's academic capability, potential for success in graduate studies, and professional promise, and (3) a personal statement indicating past academic and/or professional experiences, future career goals, and reasons for interest in gerontology.

Program Requirements

Core courses are offered in gerontology, with additional courses available in other departments. This program is designed for students whose interests and career goals include research or applied work in the field of gerontology.

The program requires 43 semester hours, including course work, a practicum in the field of aging, and a critical inquiry paper based on student interest.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

(43 semester hours)

All of these:

GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)

GTY 605 Gerontology Proseminar A, B, C, D (1)

GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)

GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice (3)

GTY 641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise (3)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 676 Program Management in Aging (3)

GTY 700 Critical Inquiry in Gerontology (1-6)

GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (1-12; 8 minimum)

One of the following:

GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

GTY 708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics (4)

STA 671 Environmental Statistics (3)

Choice of electives:

GTY/SOC/WMS 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

GTY/BWS 572 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)

GTY/ATH 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

GTY 603 The Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 615 Readings in Gerontology (1-6)

GTY 620 Supervised Research (1-12)

GTY 666 Aspects of Long-Term Care: Health (3)

MGT 615 Seminar in Managerial Skills (3)

MGT 617 Seminar in Organizational Behavior (3)

MGT 654 Human Resources Management (3)

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (4)

KNH 685 Exercise, Aging, and Health Promotion (3)

POL 567 Public Budgeting (3)

POL 661 Proseminar in Public Administration (3)

SOC 535 Sociology of Death (3)

SOC 554 Formal Organizations (3)

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Gerontology

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria include undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a letter or statement describing career objectives and areas of interest in gerontology, an interview, and letters of recommendation. Applicants to the doctoral program may include those who have earned a B.A. and those who have already earned a master's degree. Those entering with a bachelor's degree are required to begin their studies by fulfilling the current core requirements for the Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) Program. Prior to completion of the MGS degree, students may apply for competitive admission to the doctoral program. Students entering with a master's degree will work with faculty to determine which MGS core courses must be taken in preparation for the doctoral program.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general requirements specified by the Graduate School, requirements for the Ph.D. in Social Gerontology include 60 post-master's degree credit hours consisting of 34 credit hours of course work; satisfactory performance on oral and written qualifying examinations; submission of an acceptable dissertation; and satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (dissertation defense).

Required courses

GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

GTY 702 Knowledge Construction and Advanced Theory (3)

GTY 705 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge (3)

GTY 718 Statistical Modeling in Gerontology (3)

GTY 745 Sociology of Aging (3)

GTY 850 Dissertation Research (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)

Elective courses (include, but are not limited to the following)

GTY 603 The Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)

GTY 708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics (4)

GTY 709 Advanced Qualitative Research (4)

GTY 715 Readings in Gerontology (1-6)

GTY 720 Individual Investigation (1-6; maximum 6)

GTY 747 Demography and Epidemiology of Aging (3)

GTY 750 Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Aging Research (1-4; maximum 20)

GTY 767 Policy Analysis in an Aging Society (3)

Certificate Program

This certificate program is available to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met program prerequisites. It must be completed within five years of the date the first course was taken toward the certificate, and it is awarded upon completion of this program and a graduate degree.

This program offers (1) a general background in aging processes, problems, and issues, (2) methods of problem solving and program evaluation, and (3) in-depth study of various topics in aging.

Certificate Program Requirements

(15 semester hours)

Both of these:

GTY 602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)*

GTY 740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (2-3) or

GTY 620 Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology (2-3)

* Foundation course; take as early as possible.

Nine to 10 semester hours from these:

GTY/SOC/WMS 563 Gender and Aging (3)

GTY 566 Later Life Families (3)

GTY/BWS 572 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)

GTY 576 Environment and Aging (3)

GTY 585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)

GTY 603 Psychology and Aging (3)

GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)

GTY 609 Qualitative Methods (3)

GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice (3)

GTY 641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise (3)

GTY 666 Aspects of Long-Term Care: Health (3)

GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)

GTY 676 Program Management in Aging (3)

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging (4)

KNH 685 Exercise, Aging, and Health Promotion (3)