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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Aging Studies (AGE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 30.1101
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
School of Aging Studies Department (GEY)
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd MHC1300
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ross Andel
Phone: 813-974-2414


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Aging Studies is the first of its kind in the United States, and to the best of our knowledge, the world. What makes this program unique is the combined emphasis on providing a broad based foundation in the interdisciplinary aspects of aging with a focus on developing in-depth expertise in a research area. The program draws on the expertise of faculty from multiple colleges, departments, and centers at the University of South Florida to provide students with exposure to other disciplines and their different approaches to scientific and scholarly inquiry.

The Ph.D. in Aging Studies is hosted by the School of Aging Studies, which is the organizational focal point for interdisciplinary research, educational, clinical and community service activities in aging for faculty and students. An interdisciplinary committee of faculty governs the program, allowing students to develop research programs that focus on their particular interests and capitalize on the breadth of opportunities throughout the university.

The Ph.D. in Aging Studies is a research-oriented program designed to train future leaders in the field of aging. The program admits students who show exceptional promise to become strong academic, public sector, and corporate researchers. Students should expect to enroll in the program full time (9 credits in fall, 9 credits in spring, and 6 credits in summer). First year students are generally supported with an $18,000 fellowship, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Fellowship or assistantship support and tuition waivers are generally available during subsequent years of doctoral training. Students who wish to apply as part-time students must contact Dr. McEvoy before applying.

Faculty Organization
The interdisciplinary nature of the program is exemplified by the number of core faculty who teach and serve on dissertation committees in the program and the range of academic departments they represent. Over forty faculty from multiple colleges and research centers have been identified as the core faculty in the program.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • GPA of 3.25.
  • A current GRE; to be competitive, 160V(above the 50th percentile), 149Q (above the 30th percentile), 4.5 (above the 50th percentile) A.W.
  • Applicants where English is not the language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL iBT score of at least 79 which corresponds to a score of 600 on the old TOEFL Test.
  • In addition, students must submit their best example of a single authored writing sample and a summary of their career goals and past preparation for a research career plus three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the students work and/or research.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements







Psychological Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Biomedical Aging
Population Aging
Social and Health Aspects of Aging


Each core course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective with faculty from different fields addressing issues from their disciplinary perspectives.

Methods Courses



Statistical & Qualitative Methods in Aging Research
Multivariate Statistical Analysis for Aging Research


Students must also enroll in a sequence of at least two methods/statistics courses and are encouraged to obtain additional training in methods relevant to their dissertation.

Proseminar and Content Seminar



Proseminar in Aging Studies
Ph.D. Seminar in Health and Aging
Ph.D. Seminar in Mental Health
Ph.D. Seminar in Policy and Elderly
Ph.D. Seminar in Cognition


Students are required to enroll in the GEY 7936 Aging Studies Pro-seminar (2 credits) each fall of their first 2 years in the program. They must also enroll for at least four Content Seminars (GEY 7602, GEY 7611, GEY 7622, GEY7651) (3 credits). The Proseminars investigate different research topics, allow students to practice presenting their research, and provide students with exposure to distinguished lecturers from throughout the U.S. The content seminars cover different topics relevant to aging each spring semester.

Elective Requirements
There are no requirements, other than the total minimum credit hours mentioned above. Each Ph.D. student, in consultation with his/her major advisor, designs an appropriate curriculum to obtain content and skills that match their research interests.

All students complete a First Year Research Project, designed to be presented at a national conference in the fall of their second year. Students develop individualized courses of study, allowing specialization in a wide variety of content areas and research methods. Supervised research experience is available from a number of faculty with diverse research expertise. Studentsenroll for GEY 7911 (Directed Research in Aging Studies) for 1 credit hour for a grade of S/U.


Directed Research in Aging Studies




The qualifying examination is usually taken during the end of the second year of course work, or the following Fall semester.





Directed Research in Aging Studies
Dissertation: Doctoral


*At least 2 credits of Dissertation every semester after admission to candidacy; if more than minimum of required course credit is taken, then fewer credits of Directed Research are required.


MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (beyond the baccalaureate)




College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

GEY7610, GEY7604, GEY7649, GEY7623, GEY6402, GEY6403, GEY7936, GEY7602, GEY7611, GEY7622, GEY7651, GEY7911 , GEY7980,