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Why study Gerontology online through OSU?

Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field of social scientists, biologists, health care professionals, economists and others who focus on aging.

The master's in Gerontology is designed and tailored for working professionals interested in beginning or advancing a career in the field of aging and human services. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized experts in areas such as human longevity, aging-in-place, marital and family relations, long-term care and cognitive and nutritional health.


The 36-hour master’s program is offered entirely online and can be completed at your desired pace. Courses are semester-based and coursework must be completed to meet assignment deadlines. Typically, students will complete the master's program in three years, taking one or two courses a semester. 



Led by faculty experts from across the country, coursework covers many topics, including adult development and aging; family systems; care providers; physical, mental and social changes; economics; nutrition and physical activity; and environments and public policy. Students work one-to-one with a research faculty mentor in completing an independent non-thesis/creative project. 



Nurse and patientTo apply to the Human Development and Family Sciences - option in Gerontology, M.S. program, submit the following:


  • Graduate College application 
  • Professional resume
  • Professional goal statement: Describe your professionals goals and explain how the program will support those goals. 
  • Three professional letters of reference on letterhead
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended

    *GRE test score is not required. 



Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $590
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,770
Estimated total program cost $21,240



Scholarships and Financial Aid

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