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Frequently Asked Questions

Aging Studies Online Graduate Program

Q: I don’t live in Kansas or Wichita, can I still apply?
Q: How do I apply?
Q: Where do I send my transcripts?
Q: When can I apply?
Q: What are the admission requirements?
Q: Where do I send my personal statement and names of two (2) professional references?
Q: Do I need to take the GRE?
Q: How many graduate credit hours are accepted from another graduate program?
Q: What undergraduate degrees are acceptable?
Q: I have applied, when can I expect to hear about acceptance?
Q: Are scholarships offered?
Q: Is financial aid available?
Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
Q: What is the cost of the Aging Studies Online Program?
Q: What can I expect from my assigned graduate advisor?
Q: Is online learning right for me?
Q: What technology do I need for this program?
Q: What can I do with a career in Aging Studies?
Q: How can I get additional information about the Aging Studies program?


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Q: I don’t live in Kansas or Wichita, can I still apply?

If you are a fully-online student, please see our information about State Authorization before continuing with your application to ensure that we are authorized to offer courses and programs in your state.

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Q: How do I apply?

Students must be admitted to the graduate school. The application for the graduate school is available online. Within this application, you can indicate your degree of interest. Your application and transcripts will be evaluated by the graduate school and forwarded to Aging Studies for recommendation for admission.

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Q: Where do I send my transcripts?

Transcripts should be sent directly to the graduate school.

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Q: When can I apply?

Applications are accepted for all semesters, fall, spring, and summer semesters. Priority application deadline for fall is August 1; spring is December 1; summer is May 1.

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Q: What are the admission requirements?

  • Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in their last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicant must complete and submit an Application to Graduate School.
  • Applicant must submit a brief (1pg) personal statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to the academic and professional work in aging studies. Also include a statement documenting computer efficiency and familiarity with programs necessary for an online learning environment.
  • Included on statement should be names of two (2) professional references, include professional title and relation to candidate. Reference letters not required.

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Q: Where do I send my personal statement and names of two (2) professional references?

The personal statement and name of two (2) professional references will be submitted as part of your online Graduate School application.

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Q: Do I need to take the GRE?

No, the GRE is not required.

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Q: How many graduate credit hours are accepted from another graduate program?

  • Students may transfer up to twelve (12) hours from another graduate program, if a Master’s degree was not earned.
  • Students may transfer up to six (6) hours from another graduate program if a Master’s degree was earned.

Transfer courses will be evaluated and approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

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Q: What undergraduate degrees are acceptable?

The Master of Arts in Aging Studies graduate program is designed for students with minimal training in aging studies from such areas as public health sciences, communicative disorders, nursing and allied health, exercise science, social work and mental health. All undergraduate degrees will be considered upon review of admission.

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Q: I have applied, when can I expect to hear about acceptance?

Once application and transcripts are received and processed by the graduate school, all materials will be forwarded to the Aging Studies program for evaluation. If recommended for admission, all materials will be sent back to the graduate school for formal acceptance. You can expect to hear from Aging Studies once your application, letters of reference, and personal statement is received by the Director. The process can take several days or weeks depending upon review cycle and completeness of application.

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Q: Are scholarships offered?

Yes, students are encouraged to review department scholarships and eligibility requirements. Applications are due April 1 and must be submitted to:

Department of Public Health Sciences
1845 Fairmount, Box 43
Wichita, KS 67260-0043

Or email to: agingstudies@wichita.edu

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Q: Is financial aid available?

Yes, general information about financial aid for graduate students may be obtained through the Wichita State University Office of Financial Aid website.

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Q: How long will it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed in two (2) years if enrolled full-time: 9 credit hours per fall and spring semesters, 3 credit hours one summer.

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Q: What is the cost of the Aging Studies Online Program?

Please visit the WSU Tuition and Fees page for current year tuition rates.

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Q: What can I expect from my assigned graduate coordinator?

Once admitted, you’ll be assigned a graduate coordinator who is available to answer questions concerning your plan of study, study options, and progress towards completion. Your coordinator will also relay important graduate school information as it pertains to your studies.

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Q: What can I do with a career in Aging Studies?

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Gerontology Society of America produces an excellent guide to help you decide if the aging field is for you. Learn more about careers in aging.

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Q: How can I get additional information about the Aging Studies program?

All prospective candidates may contact our AGE Online Advisor with any questions or concerns.

Phone: 316-978-7332
Toll-free: 844-827-3828
Email: AGEOnline@wichita.edu

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