Aging Studies, M.S.


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To be admitted to the Aging Studies MS program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, students must demonstrate or submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining their interest in graduate training in aging studies and at MNSU specifically
  • An undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, although exceptions can be made in some cases
  • A writing sample, preferably on a topic related to aging studies and/or gerontology, that demonstrates strong logical reasoning and written communication skills
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate school
  • International applicants must also submit satisfactory scores on either the TOEFL or IELTS examination

Once admitted, students must complete the following requirements to earn the Aging Studies MS:

Master of Science in Aging Studies – General (Major ID: 0268)

  • GERO 600: Gerontology Theory and Practice
  • GERO 697: Internship (6 credits required)
  • Any 600-level research course (e.g., SOC 605: Seminar: Social Research) from any department

Social-Psychological Core (3 credits)

  • ANTH 536: Anthropology of Aging (prerequisite)
  • PSYC 566: Psychology of Aging
  • SOC 504: Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 505: Sociology of Death

Bio-Medical Core (3 credits)

  • ANTH 521: Health, Culture, and Disease
  • BIOL 517: Biology of Aging and Chronic Diseases (prerequisite)
  • HLTH 555: Health and Aging

Policy/Applied Theory Core (3 credits)

  • GERO 550: Innovations in Aging Policy
  • GERO 585: Topics in Gerontology (1-3 credits)
  • GERO 603: Transformative Leadership in Aging
  • SOWK 519: Social Work and Aging

Electives (8-14 credits)

  • FCS 574: Residential Management for Families and Special Needs People (3)
  • GERO 580: Nursing Home Administration
  • GERO 601: Current Health Issues in Aging
  • GERO 677: Individual Study (1-4)
  • HLTH 541: Death Education
  • RPLS 582: Leisure and Older Adults
  • SOC 517: Program Administration
  • SOC 566: Program Planning

Thesis or APP (1-6 credits)

  • GERO 694: Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • GERO 699: Thesis (3)

Note: Students who write a thesis are required to complete 30 credits to graduate. Students who write an APP instead must complete 34 credits to graduate.