Applied Gerontology M.S.

The program currently is not admitting new students. 

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Mary W. Carter
410-704-4643
mcarter@towson.edu

The graduate program in Applied Gerontology prepares students to work in a variety of social service and community-based settings serving the needs of the older population. The degree provides a basic foundation of knowledge, education and skills preparing students to work in the fields of health, housing, social services, aging policy, advocacy and private sector enterprises serving older adults and their families.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university** with a minimum of 9 units of upper-level course work in social sciences and/or experience working in the field of gerontology and/or course work or training in the field of gerontology
  • Minimum requirements for graduate admission to Towson University

Send the following admission materials to:

University Admissions
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two- to three-page essay discussing career goals and the planned focus of the graduate work

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. in Applied Gerontology requires the completion of 36 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

Required Courses (18 Units)
GERO 601SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL GERONTOLOGICAL ISSUES3
GERO 610APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS3
GERO 620LEGAL ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE3
HLTH 619ORGANIZING SYSTEMS OF CARE FOR CHRONICALLY ILL AND PHYSICALLY DEPENDENT POPULATIONS3
PSYC 610ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING3
GERO 684GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICUM3
or GERO 685 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE
Electives (18 Units)
Complete 18 units of graduate electives as approved by academic adviser18
Total Units36

NOTE: Students may earn a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Family-Professional Collaboration with their elective units. See the Family-Professional Collaboration heading in the College of Liberal Arts section for more information.

1. Critically describe, critique, and apply core multidisciplinary gerontological principles and concepts to a myriad of complex social issues and practices related to population aging, including public policy, advocacy, social services, retirement, and long-term care
2. Demonstrate effective, professional communication skills.
3. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking skills through applied research and through the use of written and oral presentations that draw upon, analyze, and evaluate core gerontological knowledge areas, including data interpretation and analysis, for use and dissemination among gerontology professionals, educated lay audiences, and the general public.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in gerontology professionalism and leadership by demonstrating advanced knowledge of foundational gerontology knowledge, theories, and principles, and by applying them thoughtfully to a broad spectrum of problems and social issues.

Courses

GERO 530 COMMUNITY PLANNING FOR AN AGING SOCIETY (3)

Multidisciplinary approach to the urban environment as a physical and social context for the diverse lifestyle of its older residents. Theoretical approaches to aging and the environment with emphasis on the impact of communities and built environments.

GERO 550 DIRECTED READINGS IN GERONTOLOGY (3)

Systematic inquiry into a topic of the student's choice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of adviser.

GERO 567 DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT (3)

Examination of present social considerations on death, including demographic, attitudinal and ritualistic variables; death education through the life cycle; structure of the grief process; impact of terminal illness on the patient and the family; ethical issues surrounding euthanasia and suicide. Not open to students who successfully completed SOCI 558. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

GERO 601 SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL GERONTOLOGICAL ISSUES (3)

Issues related to demographic changes, community services and standards for specific service areas.

GERO 610 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Research methods for applied practice settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 212 or consent or instructor.

GERO 620 LEGAL ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE (3)

Legal and regulatory issues in gerontological practice.

GERO 625 GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT (3)

Fundamental principals and practice standards of professional geriatric care management. Graduate Students only.

GERO 684 GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICUM (3)

Supervised practicum in community agency or organization. Prerequisites: Substantial completion of M.S. program and permission of faculty advisor.

GERO 685 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GERONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE (3)

Independent research in gerontological practice area. Prerequisite: Substantial completion of M.S. program and permission of faculty advisor.