The Master of Science in Aging and Health degree program prepares students for work in a wide variety of aging-related fields. Graduates may pursue jobs in a range of public and private settings as the program or facility administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and trainers. New job opportunities for well-trained gerontologists are constantly emerging.
The curriculum provides students with:
- A thorough, scientifically grounded, training, in theory, policy and research in gerontology;
- Hands-on experience in an individualized and supervised field internship (domestic or abroad);
- Opportunities to interact with professionals in the field of aging through research experiences and informal mentoring.
Personalized Career Development
Students participate in professional socialization events and career education activities targeted for gerontology. This personalized career development is designed to enable students to articulate how their skills and training are of particular value in workplace settings, institutions, and professions that depend largely upon a background in gerontology to accomplish their goals.
The Master of Science in Aging and Health Program offers two concentration areas:
- Health Systems Administration
- Healthcare Economics and Policy
The program provides the basic competencies in aging studies as offered by faculty interested in aging from mid-life to end of life, ethics and humanities and aging, healthcare administration, and policy. This curriculum is based on knowledge and skill competencies endorsed by the Association of in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Accreditation of Gerontology Education Commission (AGEC).
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge that will be conveyed to students includes:
- Frameworks for understanding human aging in mid to late life
- Biological and physical aspects of individual aging and disease processes
- Psychological aspects of aging
- Social aspects of aging
- Humanities and aging
Skills and Attitudes that all program graduates will obtain:
- Attitudes about humanistic as well as scientific perspectives on aging
- Ethics and professional standards
- Communication with and on behalf of older persons
- Interdisciplinary and community collaboration
- Research and critical thinking
- Policy Analysis
- Aging and Law
Admission & Degree Requirements
Applicants to the Aging & Health Program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students are admitted for full-time or part-time studies. The program admissions committee makes all admission recommendations on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of the Graduate School makes all final decisions. Details for applicants to the program are provided below.
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Application Materials required:
- Application Form
- Non-refundable Application Fee
- Statement of Purpose
- Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
- Official Recommendations (2)
- Resume / C.V.
- GRE Score
- TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)
The MCAT test is not required, but applicants may submit test results as part of their application materials.
Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Credentials - Aging & Health
3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004
GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM
Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no required minimum score on the GRE. Georgetown University's reporting code is 5244. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: TOEFL / IELTS
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.
- TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Georgetown University's reporting code is 5244. TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
- IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org
The Master of Science in Aging and Health program requires completion of 30 credits with at least a “B” average (3.0 GPA) in order to graduate.
The structure of the program comprises a 3-semester, 30-credit program of 6 core courses (15 credits) and 4 electives (11 credits, requiring advisor approval). In addition, all students are to successfully complete a required Capstone / Internship project can be performed over the summer (4 credits).
This program is not eligible for a Georgetown-issued Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 immigration document for applicants to attend in F-1 or J-1 student status.
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