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Human Development and Family Science
Dept. 2615 PO Box 6050
Fargo, North Dakota, 58108, United States
We live in an aging society, one in which the older population is growing both in absolute numbers and in proportion to all other age groups. Businesses, government agencies, service organizations, educational institutions, and self-employed professionals from every economic sector are recognizing the need for specialized knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this changing demography.
Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life.
Some gerontologists work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy and teaching about aging.
A degree in the field of gerontology equips the student with a broad range of skills, essential for improving the lives of others. People who are interested in gerontology come from many disciplines, professions, and clinical areas.
Master's Degree. Generally, students earning a master's degree can demand a higher wage than those holding a graduate certificate.
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Some persons use the certificate for continuing education credits or a career ladder opportunity. A graduate certificate can also be used to supplement a master's degree in another field.
Certificate or Non-degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Master's, M.S., Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, Gerontology Option
Joel M. Hektner
Professor and Dept. Head
Student Recruitment Coordinator
Professionals with a bachelor's degree who are looking to change careers or advance their career in the field of gerontology.