Master of Arts in Gerontology, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
The University of Northern Colorado Master of Arts degree in Gerontology prepares students for professional responsibility and leadership in the aging network, or in any occupational setting that includes older people. Graduates find employment in health or mental health related positions, long term care residential or community settings, senior centers, recreation programs, agencies and organizations providing care management and/or administrating policy, community college teaching, industrial and business settings, or private consultation and business. Our on-campus program enables students to meet the rigorous standards of a multidisciplinary knowledge of aging, skill acquisition and application, and personal development as an aging network professional. Class sizes are small and meet in the evenings, or weekends, with some classes offered completely online. Students receive individual academic advising and support from faculty throughout the program. Course topics on aging include social policy, community resources, health and wellness, psychosocial aging, program planning, grant writing and administration, management concepts for aging services, and research. Students also take elective courses of interest that are relevant to their individual goals. The UNC gerontology program has close community ties with the aging network, providing students with internship, practicum, volunteer, and other learning and networking opportunities. Research and teaching experiences are available with faculty approval, including an elective thesis. Rather than a comprehensive exam at the end of the program, students develop a comprehensive portfolio of coursework and experiential material that showcases their knowledge, skills, and professional development in gerontology.
The non-degree Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is an online 12 credit program, designed for individuals who hold or are pursuing a graduate degree in a different discipline, or who have or are obtaining a professional designation, such as an RN, MSW or MBA. It is also intended for those who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline and several years of experience in a human service related occupation. Each of the four semester-length graduate level courses are taught by UNC Gerontology faculty, and offered online at least once a year.
UNC is a member of WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education program, which allows out-of-state graduate students from 14 states to pay in-state tuition for our gerontology Masters program.
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International Student Requirements:
• An international student is neither a citizen of the United States nor classified by United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Lawful Permanent Resident or Permanent Resident Alien.
• International undergraduate, transfer, and graduate applicants must meet English Language proficiency requirements before being fully admitted to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). One option to demonstrate English Language proficiency is to successfully complete the UNC Intensive English Language Program (IEP). Please see the UNC IEP website for more information (http://www.unco.edu/cie/iep.html)
• International student Undergraduate/Transfer and Graduate applications (on-line submission) with accompanying instructions are found on the UNC website as well. Applications and supporting documents are due at least 90 days prior to the semester to which students plan to enroll, or prior to their major program deadline (if any) for Graduate students.
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