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Applied Gerontology, M.S. Details

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  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university, completed before graduate study begins
  • Strong overall academic record with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • An application for graduation admission
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  • An essay on the applicant’s goals in pursuing the Master of Science in Applied Gerontology
  • Three recommendations by individuals in academically or professionally related fields


  • Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.


Our 4 + 1 Combined Programs allow UNCW undergraduates in exercise science, psychology, public health, tourism recreation and sport, and recreation therapy to begin taking graduate courses by their senior year. These courses will count towards both their undergraduate degree and the M.S. in Applied Gerontology, which can be completed in just one additional year.

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The goal of the post-baccalaureate certificate is to provide a program of instruction and educational experiences in the field of gerontology at the graduate level, i.e., an academic foundation for anyone who plans to work with aging adults. As those who serve the elderly must be aware of all aspects of aging, in addition to health course work will address the biology, sociology, and psychology of aging with electives in literature, life transitions, economics, psychosocial adjustment to retirement, ethics, communication, and others.

Courses are taught by faculty in a number of different disciplines such as: departments of Biology, Sociology, Psychology, English, Philosophy and Religion, and Communications within the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional courses may be taught by faculty from the schools of Nursing and Social Work within the College of Health and Human and Human Sciences and from the Cameron School of Business, and the Watson School of Education.

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Tina Newsham, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator & Professor