Assist America's fastest-growing population

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • 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: 36
  • Estimated program cost: $21,239.64*

*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 degree you deserve

An online master’s degree in gerontology from MU will help you acquire new skills and a better understanding of the diversity among aging Americans and of the unique challenges they face. If you want to serve this dynamic, growing demographic, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers

This program has potential benefits for careers in

  • Business
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Service organizations

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 one or two classes each semester and finish in two to three years.

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of specific issues regarding adult development, family systems, health and nutrition, public policy, the environment, and research as related to older adults and their families.
  • Apply research findings and skills to solve problems related to older adults and their families.
  • Synthesize critical issues related to aging from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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

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