Master'sAging Studies

Wichita State's Master of Arts (MA) in Aging Studies offers an affordable, quality graduate education, delivered in a completely online, flexible format. Select from several concentration options designed to meet your professional goals, including senior living management, senior community services and public health.

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

For admission requirements and additional admission details, click on the link below.

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.

Curriculum

This master's program requires 36 credit hours of coursework, which can be completed in as few as three semesters with one summer course. Select from three concentrations of study:

  • Senior Living Management: Prepares students to serve in administrative, managerial and director positions within senior living and long-term care (LTC) communities. Ideal for students interested in becoming a licensed nursing home administrator, operator of assisted living, business office manager, HR manager, and other levels of management in LTC settings. It's also excellent for current professionals working in entry-level positions of LTC (e.g. licensed nursing professionals) who want to move into management roles. Students pursuing this concentration are also eligible to complete the Administrator-in-Training program (AIT), providing practical experience required to become a licensed nursing home administrator.
  • Senior Community Services: Prepares students to engage older adults in the community through senior centers, senior programming, and / or social services. Ideal for mid-career professionals looking to advance or transition their work with older adults (e.g. licensed social workers). Designed for individuals seeking opportunities such as: service coordinators, aging care managers, senior living sales and marketing, Alzheimer's, hospice, private duty home care, senior center directors, activities directors, social service designees and academia.
  • Public Health: Prepares students to work in the Public Health sector, including local government agencies and community programming. Specific focus in public health and aging, epidemiology, environmental health, statistics and the social / behavioral aspects of public health. Students in this concentration also earn a graduate certificate in Public Health (GCPH), a nationally recognized certification, along with their master's degree.

You'll also choose from three ways to complete your degree: thesis, internship or coursework

Careers

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

            Academia

            Health promotion and physical fitness

            Licensed nursing home administration

            Marketing in senior living and product sales

            Senior centers

            Senior living management

            Senior services and programming

            Volunteer coordination

Explore how Aging Studies alumni are contributing to the field every day!

Already a working professional?

A master's in aging studies can help transition your career so that you're better prepared to serve the aging population. This flexible online master's program is ideal for licensed social workers, nurses, dental hygienists and those in the field of communication sciences, exercise science, psychology, business and education. The degree will open the door to higher-paying positions, allow you to move beyond entry-level positions, increase your desirability for future employers. You'll acquire age-related knowledge and skills to achieve new career goals and more challenging job opportunities, within the same field or from one occupation to another.

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