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Connect to Your Future in Aging Studies

A master's degree in Aging Studies from Wichita State University's College of Health Professions will provide you a career pathway for sustaining and improving the quality of life of the aging population.

 You can personalize your degree by choosing a specialization in social science, public health, or administration.


Are you ready to make a difference?

An estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Americans are living longer, and according to the Elder Care Workforce Alliance, the United States is not properly prepared to meet current and future workforce needs for its aging adult population. The master’s degree program features three different concentrations:

  • Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Sciences
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

How much will it cost?

$421.94 per credit hour*

*Based on 2019-2020 tuition rates and are subject to change.

What careers could I advance to?

A master's degree in Aging Studies is ideal for working professionals who desire to become more qualified to work with the aging population in a range of professions like:

  • Business
  • Social work
  • Senior living
  • Senior services
  • Wellness
  • Education


Application and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • 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.
Application Materials

Candidates must pay the application fee and submit items listed below on the Graduate School Application Portal:

  • 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.
Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15

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