The Master of Science degree in Gerontology (MSG) is a multidisciplinary program of study designed to prepare students for management or direct service positions working with older adults and their families in various service, government and/or research settings. The program of study includes courses from a variety of departments including anthropology, nursing, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy administration, and optometry. Courses are offered primarily in the evening to accommodate part-time, as well as full-time students.
The current MSG Curriculum was approved by the UMSL Faculty Senate in March, 2012, and is now in effect for students enrolling for the first time in August, 2012, and afterwards. This curriculum includes a 15-credit core curriculum of courses which expose the student to issues of policy, health, sociocultural, clinical and psychosocial aspects of aging. At least two course choices are available in each area.
Students may choose one of two tracks which define their remaining course options:
TRACK 1 (Service & Care). This is the default track for those entering the program. Students who want to work directly with older adults in various programmatic and/or service settings benefit from the broad, practice-emphasis of this track. Students complete two 200-hour practicum placements linked with their career and learning goals. Track 1 students must complete 6 credits in statistics, research methods, and/or program evaluation courses. Nine elective credits are also part of the plan of study for this track.
TRACK 2 (Program Administration). This is an optional track for students pursuing an administrative career path in aging. For example, this would be an appropriate track for someone interested in becoming a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. We partner with the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership (GCNML) to make this track possible. Students declare their interest in Track 2 during their first or second semester in the MSG Program. Those doing so must meet with the GCNML Director for an interview. If approved to proceed, the Track 2 student must devote all of his or her electives to taking courses in the GCNML Program. Both 200-hour practicum placements must also emphasize program administration, although some exposure to direct service is encouraged.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This accreditation applies to all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Our next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be 2018
International Student Requirements:
Minimum 6.5 score on the IELTS
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Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
$415.20 instate plus $608.40 nonresident USD
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