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The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program offers multiple options for students from any academic major to engage in the study of aging within the University of Utah College of Nursing. The program offers an online certificate option to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Master of Science in Gerontology degree is also available online. Additionally, individual online courses are available that can be applied toward the undergraduate minor. Our Gerontology online courses are open to all university students, not just those pursuing a nursing degree.

The program’s online learning format makes these program options ideal for working professionals, those living at a distance, or others who need the flexibility that online certification and degree programs offer.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn. 

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program administers educational offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Undergraduate Level

Undergraduate certificate

 Graduate Level 

Masters of Science
graduate certificate

Some Courses Available

Undergraduate minor

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate program information

Graduate Certificate program information

Undergraduate Minor

To declare a minor in Gerontology, please contact our Student Services Program representative, Arminka Zeljkovic, at or by phone at 801-581-8198. For more information on the undergraduate minor and required coursework, visit this page.

Master of Science  

Click here for more information on the required coursework, including core and elective courses, for the Master of Science. Note that in addition to the completion of the core curriculum requirements, there are also elective courses, a 150-hour practicum and a master’s project or thesis.

Gerontologists work in hospitals, independent living and long-term care facilities, clinical practices, counseling centers, hospice services, home health services, research universities, and community and government agencies. Some also manage or serve as consultants to healthcare facilities or private companies geared to the needs of older people. They often travel to treat patients at home, assess living conditions, and meet with caregivers and family members.

Examples of job opportunities available for graduates of the Gerontology Master of Science include:

  • Aging-related nonprofit organization manager
  • Adult day-program coordinator
  • Aging & adult services manager
  • Continuing care retirement community manager
  • Director of area agencies on aging
  • Educational gerontologist
  • Lifelong learning specialist
  • Geriatric care manager
  • Grant writer
  • Home care agency administrator
  • Interior designer – gerontology specialization
  • Ombudsperson
  • Recreational therapist
  • Research associate
  • In-home services program director, county commission on aging
  • Strategic policy analyst/advisor
  • Volunteer program coordinator
  • Director of senior center
  • Assisted living manager
  • Nursing home administrator

Examples of job opportunities available for Gerontology Certificate students:

  • Geriatric audiologist
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Geriatric social worker
  • Elder law attorney
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Registered dietician
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Clinical psychology
  • Geriatric pharmacist

Admission to the University of Utah Gerontology programs is limited and selective. Admission cannot be guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum admission criteria.

Certificate Programs

Applicants must fill out the online Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate application form. They must also be prepared to respond to the following statements. Written responses are heavily weighted for application and should be 1–2 pages in length each, totaling 3–6 pages:

  • Discuss your educational and vocational plans and include reasons for your interest in Gerontology.
  • Discuss briefly any current or past experiences, activities, academic programs or organizations with which you have been or are presently working with older adults.
  • Discuss briefly any current or past experiences working in rural settings and/or working with ethnic minorities.

Applicants who are recommended for admission to the certificate program but who are not currently matriculated University of Utah students will also need to apply to the University of Utah Admissions Office as a non-matriculated or second bachelor’s degree applicant and pay the application fee. 

Undergraduate Minor 

To declare a minor in Gerontology, please contact our Student Services Program representative: Arminka Zeljkovic at or by phone at 801-581-8198. 

Master of Science 

Application deadline: January 15.

Successful applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for and be accepted by both the graduate school and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program. The Gerontology MS graduate program admits a cohort of approximately 12-15 students each fall semester. 

Admission is not guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum admission criteria. 

Graduate program application information can be found here.

The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for the master’s degree:

  • Completion of a graduate admissions application
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree (applicants who are not current University of Utah students must provide official copies of transcripts)
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A personal interview (may be required)

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE):

  • NOT required for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • REQUIRED for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.19 or lower; score cannot be in excess of five (5) years old

English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS only), if applicable: 

Evidence of English-language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants are required to submit results of either the Test of English Foreign Language or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission can be found at the University of Utah Admissions Office.

International Applicants

International students without permanent residence status cannot participate in our program because it is fully online.

Gerontology students typically pay tuition rates as defined by the University of Utah College of Nursing. Calculate tuition using the College of Nursing’s Tuition Calculator. Information about scholarships and other funding opportunities for students can be found here.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)/Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The University of Utah is a participating partner in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Graduate applicants interested in the Master of Science program may be eligible for reduced costs. In most cases WRGP students pay tuition at resident rates. Please contact WICHE for more information.

Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus)

The Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus) offers opportunities for doctoral/graduate students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common price.

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Institutional Member of the Assocation for Gerontology in Higher Education since 2000. 

Non-Matriculated Certificate Application Deadlines

Fall - March 1

Spring - October 1

Summer - February 15

Matriculated students have a year-round rolling admission

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MS in Gerontology Program Application Deadline

Fall - January 15

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Last Updated: 9/15/20