Maximize your career potential by complementing existing experience and educational background with the Wichita State University Aging Studies Master Program. Diversify your skill set with a curriculum applicable to a wide range of professional settings. Transition your career/area of interest to an aging service position within another industry (e.g. social work, senior living, senior services, nursing home administration, fitness, nutrition, business). The aging studies curriculum incorporates a variety of perspectives from the numerous disciplines concerned with the physical, mental and social aspects of life.
The Aging Studies program (AGE) offers courses of study for a Master of Arts (MA), graduate emphasis, undergraduate major (BGS/ Field Major), and undergraduate minor.
The MA in Aging Studies is composed of 30 credit hours and offers three concentrations: Social Science, Public Health, or Administration. Our graduates receive training through a diverse curriculum and are prepared to apply this knowledge in a wide range of professional settings. Understanding the most recent age-related research is vital to serving the aging population in a variety of ways.
Gain career licensures and certifications through your graduate studies. Ask us about incorporating the following licensure and certification opportunities in your graduate plan of study: Activities Director, Operator of Assisted Living, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Social Service Designee, and Certified Senior Advisor.
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
The Aging Studies program was recently ranked among the top 15 online schools for master’s degrees in gerontology by Online Schools Center.
|Fall, Spring, and Summer|
July 15th for Fall; December 1st for Spring; April 15th for Summer
|Several days or weeks depending upon review cycle and completeness of the application.|
|Can be completed in 3 semesters plus one summer session if enrolled full-time, 9 credit hours per Fall and Spring semesters. 3 credit hours one summer.|
|College of Health Professions (CHP) Course Fee of $15.00 per credit hour for all courses within the CHP.|
WSU does not provide employment assistance.
WSU does pass on job opportunities as they become available. Job postings are also posted on the Aging Studies Facebook page.
Internship/AIT students are not typically paid and WSU does not facilitate this process.
If an agency is willing to pay the student, the agreement would be between the student and the agency.
|Class Size||Class size at the graduate level is approximately 15-20 students allowing more instructor/student interaction.|
|Examinations||No GRE required.|
|For students completing a practicum, internship sites are available. Please see the Internship Sites for details.|
|Scholarship/Financial Aid||See the Financial Support Web page for details.|
|Working Student Accommodations||AGE courses are taught online allowing a more flexible learning environment. Select Administration Concentration courses are also available in-person. Even though most classes do not meet at a specific time students are still required to adhere to weekly deadlines and requirements.|
Applications for degree-bound students are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Spring admission. Applicants choosing to apply for acceptance in the Aging Studies program must following admission requirementsas follows:
To receive more information concerning the graduate admission process, application forms or the status of an application for admission, as well as other general graduate school matters contact:
|Online Program Tuition and Fees- Updated Fall 2016||
(6 cr. hrs.)
(9 cr. hrs.)
|Online Graduate Tuition (per credit hr.) $294.57 – ALL Online students pay Resident tuition regardless of state of residence||$1,767.42||$2,651.13|
|Online Fees (per online credit hr.) $94.50||567.00||850.50|
|College of Health Profession Course Fee (per credit hr.) $15.00||90.00||135.00|
|University Registration Fee (Per semester)||17.00||17.00|
|Departmental Acceptance Fee (One-time fee)||50.00||50.00|
|Domestic Application Fee $50.00 per person (One-time fee)||50.00||50.00|
|Mandatory Fees for All Courses (Support/Tech, per credit hr.) $7.75||46.50||69.75|
These are just examples of the most common credit hours/semester taken;
NOTE: There will also be additional costs for textbooks depending on the required course materials.
*Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Regents and are estimated and subject to change. Current charges may be found at WSU Tuition and Fees.