Program structure


The goal of the Concordia University gerontology and aging studies master’s or certificate program is to educate students about lifespan development, later life and their own place in an aging society. The program is designed to prepare students for service and careers in the aging services network (health, medicine,business, volunteer and professional ministries and care-giving services.) No state teacher certification or professional designation is offered with the certificate.


Degree options include:

  • Master of Science
  • Dual Degree options including MBA and MFL
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Bachelor of Arts – traditional undergraduate and Degree Completion
  • Undergraduate Certificate

Courses can be taken in a variety of formats from face to face to entirely online. 

Students are required to complete one of the following: GERO/CTA 205 Adult Development and Aging (does not count toward graduate credit) OR GERO 500 Issues in Gerontology and Aging Studies.

For graduate or post-baccalaureate students, any course in the gerontology program previously completed at the undergraduate level may be replaced with different, appropriate post-baccalaureate or graduate course requirements in gerontology upon approval of the program director. Undergraduate courses will not count toward a master’s degree.

Each student is required to complete a practicum and a practicum project in which they will assess the need for an aging service or program and propose, implement and prepare for the long-term maintenance of this aging program or service.


Students who complete the Master of Science degree or certificate in gerontology and aging studies program will be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss lifespan development and individual aging.
  2. Enter into service to and professions working with mature adults.
  3. Interact with an aging society and church realizing the implications thatour aging institutions have for ministry, services and policies.
  4. Conduct training, research, programming, service and curricular development in the field of aging.


Core requirements (21 hours)

  • Gero 500 Issues in Gerontology and Aging Studies (3) 
  • Gero 501 Aspects of Health and Aging (3)
  • Gero 502 Social Gerontology (3)
  • Gero 514 Aging Policy, Programs and Services (3)
  • Gero 518 Nutrition and the Older Adult (3)
  • Gero 519 Death, Dying and Trauma (3)
  • Educ 594 Research Evaluation and Design (3)

Application Project (6 hours)

  • Gero 599 Practicum (156 hours over the last year of the program)
    Completed with older adults. (Students must complete a practicum equvalent project as part of the internship, registered for twice with same requirements.) 

Aging Elective(s) (6 hours)

  • Gero 503 Mental Health and Aging (3)
  • Gero 504 Faith/Spiritual Development and Later Life (3)
  • Gero 515 Retirement and Life Span Financial Issues (3)
  • Gero 520 Long-term Care Administration (3)
  • Gero 521 Events and Activities Management (3)
  • Gero 522 Intergenerational Programming and Activities (3)
  • Gero 523 Geriatric Counseling (3)
  • Gero 597 Thesis (3-6)
  • Gero 598 Special Topics in Aging (3)
  • FL 533/Soc 533 Aging and the Family (3)


Core requirements (18 hours)

Application Project (3 hours)

  • Gero 499/599 Practicum (156 clock hours over the last year of the program)
    OR Major/minor based internship/practicum completed with older adults
    (Students must complete a practicum equivalent project as part of the internship.)