Graduate ProgramPage address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/agingstudies/graduate.html
The graduate program in aging studies is the Master of Science in Aging Studies. Also offered is the Certificate of Study in Aging Studies and specialized course work leading to original licensure as a nursing home administrator in Minnesota. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
In addition to the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the graduate program in Aging Studies requires a minimum of 16 credits of social and behavioral science at the undergraduate level, a minimum of 3.0 GPA,three letters of reference which assess the student's potential for graduate study and professional practice with older adults, and a personal statement which describes the applicant's previous training in gerontology, work and/or volunteer experience with older adults and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Aging Studies. A personal interview with the program director is desirable although not required.
One graduate assistantship in Aging Studies is normally available each year on a competitive basis. Other financial assistance may become available from time to time, e.g., research assistance or special project work. Contact the program director for current information.
Students pursing a Master's Degree in Aging Studies are eligible for the Rose M. Hull Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and encourage distinguished study in the field of gerontology and to provide financial assistance to Aging Studies students preparing for a career in the service of older adults. Two scholarships for each academic year will be awarded in April for two undergraduate or graduate students who are presently working with elders OR who wish to take courses relating to Aging Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scholarship applicants must be planning to pursue a career relating to the care of elders.
Aging Studies MS
Thesis Plan - 30 credits
Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits
Social - Psychological
(Choose 3 credits)
- ANTH 536 *Anthropology of Aging (3)
- PSYC 566 Psychology of Aging (3)
- SOC 504 Sociology of Aging (3)
- SOC 505 Sociology of Death (3)
(Choose 3 credits)
- ANTH 521 Health, Culture and Disease (3)
- BIOL 517 *Biology of Aging and Chronic Diseases (3)
- HLTH 555 Health and Aging (3)
Elective Policy / Applied Theory
(Choose 3 credits)
- GERO 550 Innovations in Aging Policy (3)
- GERO 585 Topics in Gerontology (1-3)
- GERO 603 Transformative Leadership in Aging (3)
- SOWK 519 Social Work and Aging (3)
(Choose 8-14 credits)
Note: SOC 517 is also listed as CORR 517
- FCS 574 Residential Management for Families and Special Needs (3)
- GERO 580 Nursing Home Administration (3)
- GERO 601 Current Health Issues in Aging (3)
- GERO 677 Individual Study (1-4)
- HLTH 541 Death Education (3)
- RPLS 582 Leisure and Older Adults (3)
- SOC 517 Program Administration (3)
- SOC 566 Program Planning (3)
Required Thesis or APP Credits
(Choose 1-6 credits)
- GERO 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2); or,
- GERO 699 Thesis (1-3)
(Choose 12 credits)
A 600 level research course from any department (3 credits) is required. Six (6) credits of internship are required.
- GERO 600 Gerontology Theory and Practice (3)
- GERO 697 Internship (1-6)
* - Course has prerequisite courses
For schedules of courses, contact the registrar's office at Minnesota State University, Mankato 507-389-6266.
*Any additional courses completed from the three core areas will be credited as Electives.
Additional credits needed to meet degree requirements and to meet the specific educational objectives of the student are to be chosen from the above list and/or from the offerings of other departments with emphasis on course work at the 600 level. For example, one might include course work in program planning, administration and evaluation and/or graduate-level course work which is required for nursing home administration licensure. Early consultation with the Aging Studies Program Director is required to assure careful program planning and maximum utilization of program options.