More people are living longer lives that ever before in history. Aging affects everyone: ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation, our world. UNCW's gerontology programs are designed to give students the knowledge they need to help improve the quality of life for older adults. This information can help them both professionally, to take advantage of the increasing number of job opportunities, as well as personally.
Students study the processes of aging. Although aging begins before birth, most people studying gerontology are concerned with changes in middle age and later life.It is concerned with the study of the body, intellectual ability, family relations, employment and retirement, health care, programs for seniors and many other aspects influencing aging.
This interdisciplinary program, housed in SHAHS, finds its students working in retirement communities, health care organizations, government agencies, community and human services and many other agencies and organizations concerned with the quality of life of older adults and the aging process. Through our curriculum we offer learning experiences consistent with the competencies recommended by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Prospective Student Resources:
- M.S. in Applied Gerontology (2016/2017 Catalogue)
- MS in Applied Gerontology Curriculum
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology (2016/2017 Catalogue)
- Minor in Gerontology with 6 credit hours of Electives (PDF)
- Applying for Graduate School
- Personal Narrative for Applicants: M.S. in Applied Gerontology (PDF)
- Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)
- Professional Organizations in Aging
- Career Information and Job Postings
UNCW offers scholarships to currently enrolled students. All prospective and accepted School of Health and Applied Human Sciences students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA and the UNCW Scholarship Application in MySeaport to be eligible to receive awards from the university, college or school.
Other scholarship opportunities outside of UNCW (external links):