Aug 09, 2022  
2022-2023 EIU Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 EIU Graduate Catalog

Aging Studies


Program Mission: The online Master of Science 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 social services, program administration, residential long term care, geriatric health care programs, government services, and professional organizations, community outreach and education, and entrepreneurship. Two options include: (1) the M.S. in Aging Studies or the (2) the M.S. in Aging Studies: Long Term Care Administration.

Note: The M.S. in Aging Studies prepares students for beginning or continuing careers focused on but not limited to: administration and leadership in national, state, and local government or nonprofit aging-specific programs; human and social services resources for aging; aging research and/or policy; and case management services for older adults.

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 “https://catalog.eiu.edu/content.php?catoid=43&navoid=2100#requ_for_the_mast_degr”). 

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

Required Courses: 27 credits hours

Elective Courses


Select 6 credit hours from the following courses. A variety of elective courses are offered for students to specialize in the areas of Biological Sciences, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, or Public Health.

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, or hybrid formats.

Long Term Care Administration Option


The M.S. in Aging Studies: Long Term Care Administration prepares students for beginning or continuing careers focused on but not limited to the administration of nursing homes and assisted living, supportive living, and independent living residential and community care programs.

Required Courses: 33 Credit Hours

Graduate Assistantships


For more information about Graduate Assistantships, please contact the Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator and visit https://www.eiu.edu/graduate/students_assistantships.php .

Accelerated Graduate Program


EIU undergraduates can apply for admission to the accelerated M.S. in Aging Studies or M.S. in Aging Studies: Long Term Care Administration program options. Admission requires that students have completed a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate course credit and have a
minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25. To apply for the accelerated M.S. in Aging Studies or M.S. in Aging Studies: Long Term Care
Administration, contact the Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator and also refer to the Graduate School’s Accelerated Program website at:
https://www.eiu.edu/graduate/accelerated.php.

Shared credit options for the accelerated M.S. in Aging Studies include a maximum of 9 total credit hours from the following: