MALS and Gerontology

MALS Degree and a Post-baccalaureate Gerontology Certificate

Students who wish to pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate in gerontology in addition to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree should consult the Gerontology website and Dr. Stacey Kolomer, the Gerontology Coordinator. Dr. Kolomer can be contacted at 910.962.2853 or her email address, kolomers AT uncw DOT edu.

MALS Degree with a Specialized Concentration in Gerontology

Effective Spring 2014, students wishing to graduate with a MALS degree using this concentration must obtain formal approval to do so from the Director, Graduate Liberal Studies Program. An email, with an explanation of why the concentration is desired, should be sent to turrisip AT uncw DOT edu, copy to campbellp AT uncw DOT edu

Once the GLS Director's approval is granted, students must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduatae School and the relevant certificate program in addition to the acceptance into the MALS degree program. Simply enrolling and completing the concentration classes is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the MALS degree.

Those students who decide to seek a MALS degree with a specialized concentration in gerontology must take GRN 501: Aging and Society or SOC 501: Aging and Society; GRN 523: Physiology of Aging; GRN 540: Current Issues in Gerontology; GRN 590: Practicum in Gerontology; and PSY 524: Psychology of Aging in addition to GLS 502: Contemporary Issues in Liberal Studies, GLS 598: Final Project in Liberal Studies, and 9 hours of other GLS courses.

MALS (General Option)

MALS students pursuing a general concentration option (no specialization in gerontology or hispanic studies) who wish to take graduate gerontology courses as electives should obtain permission from both the instructor and the GLS Program Director before enrolling.


  1. Under the general option, only nine non-GLS graduate credit hours will be accepted towards the MALS degree and only six credit hours for cross-listed courses may be used.
  2. Non-GLS courses cannot be used towards the GLS post-Master's certificate.

Last Update: October 14, 2013

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