Graduate EmphasisAging Studies

Wichita State's graduate emphasis in aging studies offers you a way to gain knowledge and skills to help your career while pursuing a graduate degree from another department. This concentration is a great asset to many graduate degrees—from social work and business to physical therapy and psychology.

Learn how Aging Studies is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To complete the graduate emphasis in aging studies, you must first be admitted to the Wichita State Graduate School.

Inside the Program

Older adults benefit from student-led exercise classes through Wichita State

Highly trained graduate, practicum and undergraduate internship students are using their skills to lead exercise classes for older adults in the community.

The program is called WellREP and is an evidence-based, progressive exercise class specially designed for older adults.

More than 150 older adults are served at 10 locations in the Wichita area.


The graduate emphasis in aging studies may be taken as part of a graduate degree program in another department. The program is comprised of 12-15 credit hours of study.  Students who wish to pursue the aging studies emphasis must fulfill the requirements in both departments.


With an increasingly large aging population comes the need for well-trained aging specialists in a wide variety of settings, including:


            Aging research and policy institutes

            HMOs and hospitals

            Mental health

            Pharmaceutical companies

            Skilled nursing facilities

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