Top Gerontology Schools & Programs

Following are the top schools for gerontology program:

University of Southern California - The USC Davis School is the oldest and largest school of gerontology in the world. The School offers a variety of classes as well as gerontology minor programs that provide students with the opportunity to supplement their education with a life course perspective of the aging process.

McDaniel College - The College offers both a master's degree and a certificate in Gerontology on the graduate level, as well as the minor in Gerontology for undergraduate students and a five-year B.A./M.S. program in Gerontology, through its Center for the Study of Aging. McDaniel's minor in Gerontology has earned the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's (AGHE) seal of approval, Program of Merit, the highest award that an academic program in the field can receive.

San Diego State University (SDSU) - The Department of Gerontology at SDSU has been at the forefront in developing new knowledge, stimulating professional interest, and influencing national policy in the area of minority aging, in keeping with the nation's changing demographics. The Department offers both a Bachelor of Art (Minor and Major) and a Master of Science degree in gerontology. Other courses include the Certificate Program in Applied Gerontology (conducted through the College of Extended Studies), as well as short-term training and curriculum enrichment programs.

Bowling Green State University - BGSU instituted one of the first bachelor's degrees in gerontology in the country. Students who graduate from the undergraduate program in Gerontology will acquire a strong interdisciplinary background in aging studies. The program also meets the standards set by the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administration (BEHNA) in the state of Ohio.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - The MS in Gerontology program offers concentrations in aging and business and nonprofit management (jointly with the Department of Political Science) and thesis and non-thesis options. Applicants to the nonprofit management concentration must apply simultaneously to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in nonprofit management offered by the Department of Political Science.

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