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Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Georgia State University is designed for students preparing for careers in the aging field and professionals already working in areas such as health care, social services, recreation and leisure, government, and business. Applicants to this program include people changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or seeking an additional expertise. The certificate program is a 21-semester-hour interdisciplinary curriculum. It provides 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 to integrate knowledge of gerontology into students’ own disciplinary fields. The Graduate Certificate may be earned concurrently with a Master's or doctoral degree or independently by those who hold a bachelor's or advanced degree.

Course Requirements

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Application Process

Internal applicants, students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at Georgia State University, should contact the Gerontology Institute, 404-413-5210 or, for advisement about applying to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.
External applicants, those not currently enrolled who plan to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology independently of a degree program at Georgia State University should seek admission to GSU by following the application process outlined below.

How to Apply (External applicants only)

The Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences handles all applications for the Graduate Certificate 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

Although July 1 is the application deadline for fall semester, and November 15 is the application deadline for spring semester, applicants to the graduate certificate program are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed by the admission committee as they are received. 

What to Submit

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

1. Two letters of recommendation.

2. A statement of educational and career goals.

3. A current resume.


Please note the following information provided in compliance with Department of Education regulations:

Program costs*
Graduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $336.00
Out-of-State: $1,200.00

Undergraduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $251.20
Out-of-State: $858.20

Fees and other costs:
Mandatory student fees per term: $1,064.00
Books and supplies per term: $500.00
Room and board per term: $4613.00

Completion time: 2-3 semesters

*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.

Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the program begins to prepare students to enter