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Ashley Schultz
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Kansas State University
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Master of Science in Gerontology

Admissions Contact: Pam Evans

The master's in gerontology is an applied program designed to prepare you for work with the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. In a rapidly aging world, you will likely work with and be surrounded by older adults. This degree helps you specialize and have a competitive, professional advantage.

  • Taught entirely online offers scheduling flexibility, regardless of location
  • Does not require the GRE or a thesis
  • Instructors and students from multiple universities brings networking opportunities and diverse perspectives to class experiences

Learn how K-State Great Plains Alumni Jenna Kilawee benefited from the program.


"I needed something flexible that would allow me to 'attend' classes in the middle of the night, on the weekends, while at home with my newborn son, or whenever I could spare a minute.  The Great Plains IDEA program allowed me to do just that.  I was able to continue my life while advancing my career. Even before I graduated I had job offers lined up that I had only dreamed about before pursuing my master's degree in gerontology."

What can I do with a degree in gerontology?

Gerontologists work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy and teaching about aging. Some professionals find that their advanced understanding of aging allows them to tap into broader market segments with more success and provide better services to an older clientele. An advanced degree in the field of gerontology can benefit newcomers as well as advanced professionals in a wide variety of programs and services:

  • Social work
  • Human Services
  • Business and marketing
  • Nursing
  • Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Public policy
  • Long-term care administration
  • Medicine
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Psychology
  • Adult education
  • Rehabilitation therapy

To learn more about the requirements for receiving a master's degree in Gerontology from K-State, visit the Gerontology program page.

Gerontology Faculty

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