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2020-2021 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aging Studies

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Program Mission: The online Master of Arts in Aging Studies program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary education for future and current professionals in aging/gerontology. Students will acquire specialized expertise in older adulthood, processes of aging, and later life stages through the study of gerontological theory, research, professional practice, policy, and the process of aging and cultural diversity. Students will be prepared for a wide range of careers in the field of aging/gerontology, including positions in human and social services, program administration, residential long term care, geriatric health care programs, government services and professional organizations, community outreach and education, and entrepreneurship.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.



Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include those outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree”). 

The courses for the degree must total a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Required Courses: 27 credits hours

Online Format

The graduate degree program is completed in the form of online courses to fulfill the required minimum total of 33 credit hours. All required courses are offered online on a regular basis. A limited number of courses are also available in the face-to-face, on-campus format for students interested in this format.



Graduate Assistantships

For more information about the MA in Aging Studies or Graduate Assistantships, please contact the Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator.

Accelerated Graduate Program

Admission to the accelerated MA in Aging Studies requires that a student have completed a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate course credit and have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25. In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 hours in their respective major.

To apply for the accelerated MA in Aging Studies , contact the Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator and you must also complete the Graduate School’s Accelerated Program Application.

Shared credit options: (maximum of 9 hours)

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