About the Program

The online Master of Arts in Aging Studies program consists of thirty (30) credit hours of training through a diverse curriculum that prepares graduates to apply this knowledge in a wide range of professional settings. Choose from three different concentrations:

  • Administration: Prepares students to serve in administrative positions within senior living communities, senior services/programming, and health care organizations. Students pursuing this concentration are also eligible to complete the Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program which provides the practical experience required to become a licensed nursing home administrator.
  • Public Health: Prepares students to work in the Public Health sector with areas of study in public health & aging, epidemiology, environmental health, statistics, and social/behavioral aspects of public health. Students will also earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, a nationally recognized certification, alongside their Master’s degree.
  • Social Sciences: Prepares students with a background in social work, psychology, sociology, or those interested in further study of the social sciences, to work directly with the older population in a variety of settings.

»View: Graduate Catalog
»View: Sample Plan of Study


Application Requirements & Admission

Applicant must complete and submit required materials listed below to the Wichita State University Graduate School.

  • A bachelor degree of any discipline will be considered. A GRE test score will not be required.
  • A minimum of a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or a 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Applicant must submit a brief personal statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to the academic and professional work in aging studies, and document computer proficiency.
  • Two professional references including professional title and relation to candidate. References should be acquainted with the candidate’s background and potential success in graduate studies in case they are contacted by the Director of Graduate Programs.
  • For international students only--must have a score of 575 or higher on the TOEFL exam.

Admission Priority Deadlines

  • Fall Semester- July 15
  • Spring Semester- December 1
  • Summer Semester- April 15

Apply Now: Graduate School Online Application

  • Create an account
  • Begin the Online Application Form
  • Upload transcripts and required materials
  • Pay application fee: application cannot be submitted without payment. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.