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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: randel@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/agingstudies


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major 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 major 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 major, 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 major 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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: December 11
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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 student's work and/or research.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

12

GEY7610
GEY7604
GEY7649
GEY7623

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

3
3
3
3

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

Methods Courses

6

GEY6402
GEY6403

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

3
3

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

16

GEY7936
GEY7602
GEY7611
GEY7622
GEY7651

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

4
3
3
3
3

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.

Project
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.

GEY7911

Directed Research in Aging Studies

1

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

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

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

56*

GEY7911
GEY7980

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)

90

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College Degree Requirements

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

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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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,