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Social Gerontology MS

**Notice: As of summer 2021, UCM is no longer admitting students to the Social Gerontology MS program.

Serving The Aging

The Master of Science in Social Gerontology from the University of Central Missouri will prepare you for a rewarding career in this booming field. Based on a philosophy of excellence in care for older adults, this program is designed for working professionals like you. You’ll be ready for diverse career options, from working in aging services administration to providing personal care and services. Since the gerontology field is multidisciplinary, we welcome students who have completed any undergraduate major to pursue the M.S. in Social Gerontology at UCM.

Flexibility For You

Degree Completion

Thanks to UCM’s flexible course offerings, you can balance your graduate studies with your work and family life. By taking courses online or during the day, night and over the summer at our Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses, you can complete this program in less than two years!

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the master’s degree in Social Gerontology, you must: 

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA
  • Submit an application

Required Courses

The following are required courses for the M.S. in Social Gerontology: 

  • SOC 5001    Introduction to Graduate Study (1)
  • SOC 4894    Sociology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 5840    Applied Gerontology (3)
  • SWOK 4620 Social Services & Policy with Older Adults
  • NUR 4405    Aging of Self and Others (2)

  • SOC 5820    Management and Administration in Older Adult Settings (3)

  • SOC 5805    Populations Trends and Analysis OR 

  • SOC 5810    Qualitative Analysis

  • SOC 6850   Internship in Gerontology (6) OR

  • SOC 6890   Thesis (6)

  • Department approved graduate electives (6)


    For more information, review the Graduate Catalog.


Program Highlights

  • Enjoy the flexibility of taking courses online or on campus in Warrensburg or in Lee’s Summit—or a mix of both online and face-to-face.
  • Choose to complete a thesis or a non-thesis project, depending on your professional career goals.
  • Select six hours of elective courses from fields such as psychology, health education, political science, nutrition and business.
  • Help aging adults face a variety of challenges, including health care, income, poverty, housing, employment and education.


Dr. Mary Kelly
Program Coordinator, Social Gerontology
Martin 236E
Tel: (660) 543-8509


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