College of Health Professions

Applied Gerontology (M.S.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Gerontology?

As the world's population ages, addressing gerontology issues and educating tomorrow's practitioners are major challenges for the nation's health care system. By 2030, it is estimated that more than 25 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, which means the demands on an already overtaxed system of health care delivery and services, housing and government programs will be stretched further. Whatever your profession, people who are older will be a part of your career and your life.

Applied gerontology draws from the social, behavioral and biological sciences, bringing together practitioners, researchers and educators from diverse disciplines to address the issues of aging for individuals, families and society. The program addresses key content areas through course work that introduces you to a divergent theoretical perspective. The program follows the standards suggested by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.

A Growing Demand

The Master of Science in applied gerontology at Towson supports efforts of the greater Baltimore community by educating the current and future work force dedicated to serving the needs of the aging population. The program provides a basic foundation of knowledge, education and skills to prepare you to move into positions in health, housing, social services or private sector enterprises geared to the growing population of senior consumers. Students can easily accommodate course work into their busy schedules. Evening courses are tailored to meet the needs of working professionals.

Collaboration is Key

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Family-Professional Collaboration with your elective courses in the Master of Science program and some additional course work. The post-baccalaureate certificate program enhances the education and practice of professionals working in school, health and community settings. Courses prepare you to apply the principles of family-based practice to your own professional work.



Dr. Mary Carter



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