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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Gerontology (GEY)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 30.1101
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

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:
Brent Small
Phone: 813-974-9746
Email: bsmall@usf.edu

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


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Program Information


Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its aspects: physical, psychological, and social. In the School of Aging Studies, particular emphasis is placed on educating Gerontology students who, in their professional careers, will work to sustain or improve the quality of life of older people. Many of our program graduates are employed in agencies providing services for older adults. For information about the interdisciplinary Ph.D., see the separate listing for Aging Studies Ph.D.

The School offers the M.A. in Gerontology, with either a thesis or non-thesis option. In addition to completing a required core curriculum, students may select gerontology courses suited to their particular career goals. These include courses focused on such diverse concentrations as research, program administration, direct service, and case management. While the M.A. program does not have separate tracks, students are advised to select courses in the concentration(s) that match their intended career. Students should meet with their advisors to select concentrations appropriate to their professional goals.

Internships are recommended and available for students who need practical experience in the field of aging. Students interested in internships should see the school's internship director. Following completion of the necessary coursework there is a comprehensive examination designed to test the student's knowledge of, and ability to integrate, key concepts and information in the field of gerontology. This examination must be taken and passed by all students in the M.A. program. Students electing the thesis option must successfully pass an oral examination on the thesis. There are no language requirements.

 

Accreditation Information:

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

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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: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

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: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

University requirements with the exception of:

  • a GPA of 3.00 or greater
  • a preferred GRE score of at least 149V (41st percentile), 142Q (16th percentile) , 3.5 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
  • State of Purpose in pursuing a MA in Gerontology
  • Current Resume
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree requires 36 credits of graduate study.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

15

GEY5620
GEY5630
GEY6600
GEY6613
GEY6450

Sociological Aspects of Aging
Economics and Aging
Human Development
Physical Change and Aging
Gerontological Research and Planning

3
3
3
3
3

Internship
Internships are available for students who need practical experience in the field of aging.

 

ELECTIVES REQUIREMENTS

21

The remaining 21 hours of coursework must be selected from other graduate courses in gerontology. The following courses are suggested for four areas of study:

Further Educational/Research Goals

GEY6402
GEY6403
GEY6901
GEY6910
GEY6971

Statistical Methods in Aging Research
Multivariate Statistical Analysis for Aging Research
Directed Reading in Gerontology
Directed Research in Gerontology
Thesis:  Master's

3
3
3
3
2-19

Administrative Goals

GEY4327
GEY5501
GEY5476
GEY6325
GEY6500
GEY6626
GEY 6647

Understanding Principles and Practices in Long Term Care
Health Care Operations in Long Term Care
Program Evaluation in an Aging Society
Social Policy and Planning for Gerontologists
Seminar in Principles of Administration
Health, Ethnicity, and Aging
Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Clinical Services Goals

GEY6607
GEY6614
GEY6615
GEY6616
GEY6617
GEY6618

Alzheimer's Disease Management
Aging and Mental Disorders
Topics in Psychopathology and Aging
Mental Health Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults
Gerontological Counseling Theory and Practice
Gerontological Group & Family Counseling

3
3
3
3
3
3

Case Management Goals

GEY6206
GEY6321
GEY6326
GEY6614
GEY6616
GEY6617

Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness
Gerontological Case Management
Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training
Aging and Mental Disorders
Mental Health Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults
Gerontological Counseling Theory and Practice

3
3
3
3
3
3

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Following completion of the required 15-credit coursework, there is a comprehensive examination designed to test the student's knowledge of, and ability to integrate, key concepts and information in the field of gerontology. This examination must be taken and passed by all students in the M.A. program.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

2-19

BSC6971

Thesis: Master's

2-19

Students electing the thesis option must successfully pass an oral examination on the thesis. There are no language requirements.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

36

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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 program 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:

GEY5620, GEY5630, GEY6600, GEY6613, GEY6450, GEY6402, GEY6403, GEY6901, GEY6910, GEY6971, GEY4327, GEY4328, GEY6325, GEY6500, GEY6626, GEY6647, GEY6607, GEY6614, GEY6615, GEY6616, GEY6617, GEY6618, GEY6206, GEY6321, GEY6326, GEY6614, GEY6616, GEY6617, BSC6971,