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Connect to Your Future in Aging Studies

A master’s degree in Aging Studies from Wichita State University provides an opportunity to specialize in the aging professions and advance your career to meet the growing needs of the aging population.

With concentrations in Senior Living Management, Senior Community Services, and Public Health, you can personalize your degree path to attain your career goals.


Are you ready to make a difference?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, equating to 23 percent of the total population.*

As a result, the United States is experiencing a significant shortage of qualified professionals who are equipped to manage, supervise, and provide high-quality services and supports for aging Americans. With a master’s degree in Aging Studies, you can be prepared to address this national workforce opportunity.

Already a working professional? A Master’s in Aging Studies can help transition your career so that you are 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 MA in Aging Studies program was comprehensive enough to provide the skills and knowledge needed for many areas in the aging field. Working
with older adults has always been a passion of mine and the program was the perfect training and experience for that to evolve into a professional career."
- Madison Shriner, MA

Program Details

About the Program

The online Master of Arts in Aging Studies program consists of thirty-six (36) 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:

Senior Living Management: Prepares students to serve in administrative, managerial, and director positions within senior living and long-term care (LTC) communities.

  • This concentration is ideal for individuals seeking to become a licensed nursing home administrator, operator of assisted living, business office manager, HR manager, and other levels of management in LTC settings. It is also excellent for current professionals working in entry-level positions of LTC (e.g. licensed nursing professionals) who want to move into management roles.
  • Administrator-in-Training Program (AIT): Students pursuing this concentration are also eligible to complete the AIT program, providing the 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. 

  • This concentration is ideal for current social service professionals looking to advance their careers and enhance their capacity to work with older adults (e.g. licensed social workers) -- combining what you already do with aging. This concentration is also excellent for individuals who do not want to manage a LTC community – CPAAA, 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 such as 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.

  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH): Students in this concentration also earn the GCPH, a nationally recognized certification, alongside their Master’s degree.

Learn more about specific course requirements in the Graduate School Catalog:

MA in Aging Studies Graduate Catalog

Dual/Accelerated Option

The online dual/accelerated bachelor's to master's in Aging Studies is designed to prepare qualified students for graduate work in Aging Studies at WSU, while allowing them to earn dual credit towards their bachelor's degree. The accelerated program is ideal for undergradute students across multiple disciplines entering their junior/senior year. A student admitted to the accelerated program will be allowed to enroll in courses for graduate credit (up to 9 credit hours) while completing their undergraduate degree requirements. Allowed dual credit hours include AGE 717AGE 718, and AGE 798.

For assessment regarding eligibility for admissions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator Jacie Green.

Learn more about course requirements in the Graduate School Catalog:  

Dual/Accelerated BA in Aging Studies Graduate Catalog

How much will it cost?

Attainable, affordable, quality online education. Students in the fully online Aging Studies graduate degree program at Wichita State University pay in-state tuition regardless of state of residency.

Graduate - $412.98 per credit hour*

*Based on AY 20-21.  Additional college fees may apply, tuition rates subject to change.

Scholarship Opportunities

Careers and Alumni

Graduates from the Aging Studies program at Wichita State University are making a positive impact in the aging professions through opportunities such as:

  • Activities Director in Senior Living
  • Business Office Manager in Senior Living
  • District Operations and Membership Recruitment
  • Executive Director of Independent, Assisted, and Memory Care
  • Faculty for Higher Education
  • Health Promotion and Physical Fitness
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • Marketing in Senior Living
  • Product Sales
  • Senior Center Director
  • Senior Services Program Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Explore how Aging Studies Alumni are contrbuting to the field every day! Visit the alumni directory to read their stories.

Aging Studies Alumni Directory  

"The Master's in Aging Studies program helped me get this position. The program allowed me to grow and learn about older adults not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well." - Joshua Villa, MA

Application and Admission Requirements

Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15 
Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor degree of any discipline will be considered. A GRE test score is not 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.

Visit the Graduate Catalog in the link provided to view specific information:

MA in Aging Studies

How to Apply

All WSU Graduate School applications must be completed online. Once you have created an account and have selected your choice of study, you will be prompted to provide required application material.

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Find out more information about steps on how to apply to WSU Graduate School:

Graduate School Application Checklist

"The MA in Aging Studies at WSU prepared me very well for real world administrative duties.  The on-line format of learning is great because it allowed me to continue to work full-time while earning my master’s.  If you have the self-discipline, it’s the perfect program.  It’s not easy by any means, but the hard work definitely pays off in the end."  - Jill Cook, MA, LNHA
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the MA in Aging Studies Program and feel it adequately prepared me for my current role. Being able to simultaneously obtain a specialization in public health has also allow me to broaden my career field to incorporate local government agencies and community programming. I encourage anyone interested to reach out to an advisor for more information."  - Gabrielle Owens, MA


 * Source: Population Reference Bureau. (2019, July 15). Fact sheet: Aging in the United States

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