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Master of Arts

The Master's (M.A.) program in gerontology at Georgia State University is designed for students preparing for leadership positions in the field of aging and those interested in becoming gerontological researchers. Students who study Gerontology come from a wide variety of backgrounds including (but not limited to) education, social work, nursing, exercise science, sociology, religious studies, and psychology. The M.A. program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides an in-depth exposure to the issues, knowledge, and research about aging processes, older people, and the needs of an aging population. The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Full time students can complete this 36 semester hour program in two years.

Course Requirements

The Research Concentration prepares students for a doctoral program in gerontology, sociology, psychology, policy studies, family studies or to study aging in a research organization. 

The Administration Concentration prepares students to work in aging services and administration with a focus on program design and management.

Click here for required courses in the Master's program.

Application Process

The Gerontology Institute welcomes applications from professionals working in the field of gerontology, college seniors and recent graduates, mature or returning students, individuals making career changes, retirees, and international students. It is not necessary to have a background in gerontology to gain admission to the Master’s program. 

How to Apply

The Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences handles all applications for the M.A. in Gerontology. Please go to the college website to Graduate Programs,, to apply for admission online. Applicants should follow the instructions outlined in the Application Guide,, and have on hand the required information prior to accessing the online application.  

When to Apply

Applicants to the M.A. program are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The admissions committee reviews applications when they are received. April 15th is the application deadline for fall semester, and October 15th is the application deadline for spring semester. International students are advised to apply by March 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester to allow time for obtaining a visa.  

What to Submit

In addition to completing all GSU application forms, submitting official transcripts, and paying the required application fee, applicants to the M.A. in Gerontology must provide the following items:

1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

2. Three letters of recommendation.

3. A statement of educational and career goals.

4. A current resume. 

Graduate Record Exam

A testing center is located at Georgia State University. Applicants may register for the test by calling 404-413-1737 or obtain test preparation information by calling 404-413-6406. Additional information about the GRE and test preparation as well as the location of other test sites is available at