Assist America's fastest-growing population

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 15
  • Estimated program cost: $8,700.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the certificate you deserve

The online graduate certificate in gerontology from MU can help you advance your career meeting the needs of Americans 65 and older. If you want to better understand the diversity among the aging population and the unique challenges they face, this may be the certificate for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Administrative Services Managers

This certificate may benefit professionals in

  • Nursing
  • Public policy
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Social work
  • Others who plan to work with older adults.

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in under two years.

Course work covers

  • Grant development and management
  • Long-term care
  • Mental health
  • Physical health and aging
  • Program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Women and aging

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. Learn more

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.