A new Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Gerontology began fall semester, 2004. Students entering the program are able to pursue two different avenues of study: aging program administration or research. The program administration track prepares students for careers in aging services and policy analysis with an emphasis on program design and management. The research track is intended for students preparing to enter doctoral programs in gerontology, sociology, psychology, policy studies, family studies, or related fields and for beginning careers with organizations conducting research in gerontology.
Recently approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the new program is the second master’s degree in gerontology established in Georgia and the first to be offered by a research university in the state. Two unique features of the program include opportunities for students to focus their studies on research in gerontology and on ethnicity and aging.