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Degrees Offered

Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   

Total Credit Hours:  21

Certificate description: A certificate in gerontology is ideal for professionals in a variety of aging-related fields. Areas include senior-services organizations like centers on aging; senior centers; nursing homes; assisted, independent, and aging-in-place living facilities; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; and extension educators.

Note: This is an online certificate program.

Certificate web site:

For information about certificate, contact:
Lindsey Murphy, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Phone:  (
573) 882-4035
Address:  314 Gentry Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 

Gerontology, Minor

On Campus

Although aging-related curriculum at the University of Missouri is limited, a sufficient number of courses are available to students to complement their respective areas of study. Graduate students have the option of pursuing a graduate Gerontology Minor. Twenty-three courses in more than 10 disciplines can be supplemented by independent and topics courses.

Mentoring from experienced researchers on interdisciplinary research teams contributes to the learning curve of students specializing in aging studies. More than 40 teams are located throughout the University. Students are encouraged to contact the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging for help connecting with these productive groups of scholars.

The graduate minor in gerontology consists of nine to 15 hours of aging-related course work approved as a graduate minor by the student’s department/discipline. The MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging will collaborate and provide assistance to both the student and his or her advisor.

The plan of study for the gerontology minor must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies at least one term before the conferral of the minor. The minor will be conferred when the major degree is conferred, and once a student officially graduates, the notation of the designated minor will appear on the student’s official transcript.