Degree Options


WSU’s Aging Studies Program provides courses of study that focuses on gaining professional competencies in key areas through increased knowledge and skills. Coursework in each course of study addresses biological, psychological, social, healthcare, policy, fitness, and business dimensions of aging as well as research methods and statistics.

The Aging studies curriculum includes the perspectives of numerous disciplines concerned with the physical, mental and social aspects of life. Understanding what is currently known about aging is vital for responding intelligently to an aging workforce, planning, marketing and delivering of services to people who are aging, and educating individuals upon whom aging will have an impact.


Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Aging Studies trains professionals for leading roles to meet the needs of America’s growing elderly p opulation. Our program’s goal is to graduate students who understand the basic processes of aging, apply theoretical approaches to aging to their particular fields and circumstances, and can evaluate information about older adults from various sources and perspectives.


Professional Program Standards:

Aging Studies Professional Program Standards

This Master of Arts in Aging Studies meets the standards for gerontology programs of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the professional organization of gerontology programs in the United States.


Curriculum/ Study Format:

Students pursuing an MA in Aging are required to complete a total of 30 credit hours. Coursework is divided into 15 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours chosen within three concentrations. Concentrations include Social Science, Public Health, and Administration.

Students choose from one of three study formats (Thesis, Internship, or Coursework)

Please note: If you plan on entering the Aging Studies Master Program, courses taken during your undergraduate career cannot be applied or retaken for graduate credit. Please talk with your adviser when choosing your classes.

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Concentrations

Social Science

Graduates or those interested in the social sciences (social work, psychology, sociology, etc.) will find the social science concentration a good extension of their undergraduate degree or as a compliment to another graduate degree in a related discipline. As the population is rapidly aging there will be an increased demand for graduates who are trained to work with the older adult population in a variety of settings.

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Public Health

Graduates or those interested in the health profession fields will find the Aging Studies’ public health concentration a good extension of their undergraduate degree or as a compliment to another graduate degree in a related discipline. Students choosing this concentration will also earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Health. The graduate certificate in public health provides documentation that a student has completed a core set of public health courses beyond the bachelor’s degree level that is nationally recognized. Graduates will bring population-based health knowledge of their work in health and medicine. The program covers principles and issues in health care policy and administration, the social and behavioral aspects of public health, epidemiology, environmental health, and Biostatistics. For more information please see the Graduate Certificate Public Health.


Administration

Graduates or those interested in the health profession fields will find the Aging Studies’ administration concentration a good extension of their undergraduate degree or as a compliment to another graduate degree in related discipline. Students choosing this concentration are also eligible to complete the Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program. The AIT program prepares students to serve as nursing home administrators who will be responsible for running effective and efficient nursing homes in compliance with all state and federal requirements and health and safety codes. Nursing home administrators are responsible for patient admissions, facility operations, personnel management, accounting, budget planning and more. For more information please see the Administrator-in-Training program at WSU.

Up to 12 hours of Administration core could be completed in class if desired.
Courses are offered late afternoon or evening on WSU’s main campus.

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Graduate Emphasis

The Graduate Emphasis in Aging Studies is a 12-15 hour that may be taken as part of a graduate degree program in another department. Students who wish to pursue the aging studies emphasis must fulfill the requirements in both departments.


Coming soon: Bachelor of Science in Health Management with Aging Studies focus


Undergraduate Minor

The Undergraduate Minor in Aging Studies consists of at least 15 hours of the following courses. All students are required to complete AGE 100 Introduction to Gerontology as the foundational course for the minor.

RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR THE FIELD MAJOR, GENERAL STUDIES, AND MINOR

AGE 100 Introduction to Aging Studies (3)*required
AGE 404 Psychology of Aging (3)
AGE 405 Sociology of Aging (3)
AGE 408 Biology of Aging (3)
AGE 422 Introduction to Public Health and Aging
AGE 501 Field Experience or elective (3)
AGE 512 Diversity and Aging (3)
AGE 515 Women and Aging (3)
AGE 516 Age, Work, and Retirement (3)
AGE 525 Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)
AGE 527 Sexuality and Aging (3)
AGE 529 Caregiving and Aging (3)
AGE 550 Special Topics in Aging (3)
AGE 660 Administrator-in-Training Practicum (AIT) (3)
AGE 710 Systems in Long-Term Care (3)
AGE 717 Health Communications and Aging (3)
AGE 765 The Medicare System (3)
AGE 780 Physical Dimensions of Aging (3)

Please note: If you plan on entering the Aging Studies Master Program, courses taken during your undergraduate career cannot be applied or retaken for graduate credit. Please speak with your adviser and consult an AGE adviser when choosing your classes.

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