Maximize your career potential by complementing existing experience and educational background with the Wichita State University Aging Studies Master Program. Diversify your skill set with a curriculum applicable to a wide range of professional settings. Transition your career/area of interest to an aging service position within another industry (e.g. social work, senior living, senior services, nursing home administration, fitness, nutrition, business). The aging studies curriculum incorporates a variety of perspectives from the numerous disciplines concerned with the physical, mental and social aspects of life.

The Aging Studies program (AGE) offers courses of study for a Master of Arts (MA)graduate emphasis, undergraduate major (BGS/ Field Major), and undergraduate minor.

The MA in Aging Studies is composed of 30 credit hours and offers three concentrations: Social Science, Public Health, or Administration. Our graduates receive training through a diverse curriculum and are prepared to apply this knowledge in a wide range of professional settings. Understanding the most recent age-related research is vital to serving the aging population in a variety of ways.

Gain career licensures and certifications through your graduate studies. Ask us about incorporating the following licensure and certification opportunities in your graduate plan of study: Activities Director, Operator of Assisted Living, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Social Service Designee, and Certified Senior Advisor.

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Gerontology Society of America produces an excellent guide to help you decide if the aging field is for you.

The Aging Studies program was recently ranked among the top 15 online schools for master’s degrees in gerontology by Online Schools Center.

Key Program Features

  • Earn your Masters completely online in less than two years. All three concentrations are available fully online; complete all coursework anytime, anywhere.
  • Affordability. All online students pay in-state tuition, which is among the lowest in the state for an online graduate program.
  • Pursue specific career interest through specialized concentrations. The MA in Aging Studies offers three concentrations: Social Science, Public Health, or Administration. This allows students to receive a more focused curriculum that matches their specific career interest.
  • Personalize learning through program-completion options. Students choose from one of three program-completion options: Thesis, Internship/Administrator-in-Training (AIT) practicum, or Coursework. Choose to seek real world learning in the work force or expand your theoretical knowledge. 
  • Gain career licensures and certifications through your graduate studies. Ask us about incorporating the following licensure and certification opportunities in your graduate plan of study: Activities Director, Operator of Assisted Living, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Social Service Designee, and Certified Senior Advisor.
  • Gain area specialization through graduate emphasis option. Students pursuing a graduate program in another department have the option of completing a Graduate Emphasis in Aging Studies.
  • Diversify your skill set with the undergraduate minor option. Undergraduates also have the option of completing a minor in Aging Studies.

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Program FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
Question Answer
Entry Point
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Application Deadline

July 15th for Fall; December 1st for Spring; April 15th for Summer

Admission Decision
Several days or weeks depending upon review cycle and completeness of the application.
Can be completed in 3 semesters plus one summer session if enrolled full-time, 9 credit hours per Fall and Spring semesters. 3 credit hours one summer.
College of Health Professions (CHP) Course Fee of $15.00 per credit hour for all courses within the CHP.

All university costs can be found at WSU Tuition and Fees and any other program cost can be found at College Fees in the Public Health Sciences section.

Employment Assistance WSU does not provide employment assistance.

WSU does pass on job opportunities as they become available. Job postings are also posted on the Aging Studies Facebook page.

Practicum Wages Internship/AIT students are not typically paid and WSU does not facilitate this process.

If an agency is willing to pay the student, the agreement would be between the student and the agency.

Class Size Class size at the graduate level is approximately 15-20 students allowing more instructor/student interaction.
Minimum GPA 2.75
Examinations No GRE required.
For students completing a practicum, internship sites are available. Please contact department for details.
Scholarship/Financial Aid See the Financial Support Web page for details.
Working Student Accommodations AGE courses are taught online allowing a more flexible learning environment. Select Administration Concentration courses are also available in-person. Even though most classes do not meet at a specific time students are still required to adhere to weekly deadlines and requirements.

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Program Application is completed and submitted online

Transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School to be processed with your application

Admission Requirements

Applications for degree-bound students are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Spring admission. Applicants choosing to apply for acceptance in the Aging Studies program must following admission requirementsas follows:

  1. Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in their last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree.
  2. Applicant must complete and submit an Application to Graduate School. 
  3. Application must include a brief personal statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to the academic and professional work in aging studies, and document computer proficiency.
  4. Personal statement should also include the names of two (2) professional references (include professional title and relation to candidate) and contact information. References should be acquainted with the candidate’s background and potential success in graduate studies in the case they are contacted by the program coordinator.
  5. For international students only --must have a scoreof 575 or higher on the TOEFL exam.

To receive more information concerning the graduate admission process, application forms or the status of an application for admission, as well as other general graduate school matters contact:

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Approx. Program Cost Per Semester

Online Program Tuition and Fees- Updated Fall 2016 Part-time
(6 cr. hrs.)
(9 cr. hrs.)
Online Graduate Tuition (per credit hr.) $294.57 – ALL Online students pay Resident tuition regardless of state of residence $1,767.42 $2,651.13
Online Fees (per online credit hr.) $94.50 567.00 850.50
College of Health Profession Course Fee (per credit hr.) $15.00 90.00 135.00
University Registration Fee (Per semester) 17.00 17.00
Departmental Acceptance Fee (One-time fee) 50.00 50.00
Domestic Application Fee $50.00 per person (One-time fee) 50.00 50.00
Mandatory Fees for All Courses (Support/Tech, per credit hr.) $7.75 46.50 69.75
Semester Total = $2,587.92 $3,723.38

These are just examples of the most common credit hours/semester taken;
students can take less than 6 or more than 9 if they choose.

NOTE: There will also be additional costs for textbooks depending on the required course materials.

*Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Regents and are estimated and subject to change. Current charges may be found at WSU Tuition and Fees.

Cost/Fees Resources

  1. Application Fee for Graduate School
  2. Tuition and Fees: The Kansas Board of Regents approves tuition and fees, generally on a two year basis. Tuition for the Aging Studies (AGE) program will be at the graduate school rate for each credit hour (resident or non-resident rate).
  3. The College of Health Professions does have course fees that apply to any course taken within the College of Health Professions.
  4. Books and Supplies will vary depending on the course taken.
  5. Room and Board: Most students utilize off-campus housing. On campus WSU housing and residence life room and board rates.

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