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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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


Major 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 graduates are employed in agencies providing services for older adults. For information about the interdisciplinary Ph.D., please see the separate listing for Aging Studies Ph.D.

The School offers the M.A. in Gerontology. Students are advised to meet with the Graduate Director to select courses 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, students complete a capstone applied research project designed to integrate key knowledge, concepts, and information in the field of gerontology. This course must be taken and passed by all students in the M.A. program. 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

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The GRE examination is optional for applicants who either have a 3.25 or higher GPA for all work completed as an undergraduate student, a 3.50 or higher in a completed masters degree program, or a completed doctoral degree (including professional degrees such as the JD and MD), all from a regionally accredited institution.
  • For students submitting a GRE score, a preferred GRE score of at least 149V (41st percentile), 142Q (16th percentile), 3.5 A.W.
  • State of Purpose in pursuing a MA in Gerontology
  • Current Resume
  • 2 letters of references

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30

Required courses - 12 credit hours
Electives - 15 credit hours
Capstone - 3 credit hours

 

Credits

CORE COURSES

12

GEY5476
GEY6600
GEY6613
GEY6626

Program Evaluation in Aging Services
Human Development
Physical Change and Aging
Health, Ethnicity, and Aging

3
3
3
3

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

 

ELECTIVES COURSES

15

The remaining 15 hours of coursework must be selected from other graduate courses in gerontology. Under certain circumstances, students may be able to substitute other graduate classes as part of the elective courses required for the degree with permission from the Graduate Director.

 

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

 

Capstone Requirement 3 credit hours
GEY 6910 - Directed Research in Gerontology (3)

Following completion of the necessary coursework, students enroll in GEY 6910 Directed Research in Gerontology, and complete a capstone applied research project designed to integrate key knowledge, concepts, and information in the field of gerontology. This examination course is pass/fail and must be taken and passed by all students in the M.A. major to meet requirements for the degree.

Comprehensive Exam
Students complete the Capstone requirement in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

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

 
 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

30

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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

See 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:

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,