Program Director

Daniel J. Van Dussen, Ph.D.
440 DeBartolo Hall
(330) 941-1683
djvandussen@ysu.edu

Program Description

The curriculum is designed from an interdisciplinary perspective of gerontology with a focus on epidemiology and health. This program will provide students with advanced education in issues facing older adults, for the purpose of preparing them for advancement in the field of gerontology. The program allows for a Thesis or a Non-Thesis track based upon the students’ desires and goals. The program consists of 42 semester hours, which may be completed in four semesters of full-time coursework or six semesters part time. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum criteria set by the College of Graduate Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements for full admission:

  1. A cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the students’ academic or professional background.
  3. A letter of intent stating their objectives for seeking a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and how this program will help them fulfill their goals.
  4. A personal interview is optional.
  5. A Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  6. A social statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Daniel J. Van Dussen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Social and psychological determinants of health among older adults; the family; social support; statistics and methods

Amy Weaver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Geriatric education; geriatrics; simulation

The Master of Arts in Gerontology will consist of 12 courses (36 credit hours) which can be completed over a 2 academic year period.

Thesis Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
SOC 6905Social Gerontology3
GERO 6915Service Delivery Aging Policy3
PSYC 6957Advanced Adult Development and Aging3
GERO 6906Perspectives in Gerontology3
GERO 6960Epidemiology of Aging3
GERO 6999Research Methods3
GERO/NURS 6998Anatomy and Physiology of Aging3
GERO 7090Field Practicum3
GERO 7094Selected Topics3
Thesis
GERO 7099Thesis3
Elective
Select 6 s.h. from the following:6
Behavior Change Interventions and Aging
Long-Term Care
Social Work in Aging
Field Practicum
Selected Topics
Total Semester Hours36

Non-Thesis Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
SOC 6905Social Gerontology3
GERO 6915Service Delivery Aging Policy3
PSYC 6957Advanced Adult Development and Aging3
GERO 6906Perspectives in Gerontology3
GERO 6960Epidemiology of Aging3
GERO 6999Research Methods3
GERO/NURS 6998Anatomy and Physiology of Aging3
GERO 7090Field Practicum3
GERO 7094Selected Topics3
Non-Thesis Track
Field Practicum3
Elective
Select 6 s.h. from the following:6
Behavior Change Interventions and Aging
Long-Term Care
Social Work in Aging
Field Practicum
Selected Topics
Total Semester Hours36