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"There is no denying the increasing importance of Gerontology as a field of study. My work as a GA in Gerontology, is not only rewarding, it has given me a new found optimism for the aging process." - Michael Adams, Graduate Assistant Gerontology.

Master Degree

Master of Arts in Gerontology (MA)

This degree program is 36 credit hours. Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students.

Those students entering the program will be required to complete a core curriculum and then may choose one of six areas of specialization:

  1. Program Administrator - Focuses on training students to become administrators in elder-care agencies (that are not long-term care facilities).
  2. Aging Studies - Focuses on preparing students for advanced degrees in Gerontology to pursue careers in research, policy development, and higher education. 
  3. Long-term Care Administration- Focuses on training students to become administrators in Assisted Living facilities, Skilled Nursing Care facilities, and other long-term care facilities that provide services to the elderly population.
  4. Small Business Management- Focuses on training students to launch and/or manage small businesses that provide services to the elderly such as, home health care, day care center, hospice agencies, etc.
  5. Mental Health- Focuses on training students to be able to address mental health issues among the elderly such as, depression, anxiety, and cognitive disorders.
  6. Grief Care Management- Focuses on training students to become grief care coordinators and group coordinators/facilitators in agencies such as, hospice care, hospitals, outpatient clinics, funeral homes, etc.  

grad school hub sealIn addition to the University requirements for admission to the Graduate School at ULM, all applicants for regular admission to the Master of Arts in Gerontology degree program must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for applicants without previous experience in the field of Gerontology (GRE will be waived for these applicants)
  2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for applicants with three (3) years or more experience in the field of Gerontology (GRE will be waived for these applicants)
  3. Minimum formula score of 707.50 (GPA x GRE)

Applicants who fail to meet the above standards may be admitted on conditional status as recommended by the Gerontology Program Coordinator/Director.

For more information about this program please see the ULM Graduate School.

Focuses on training students to be able to address mental health issues among the elderly such as, depression, anxiety, and cognitive disorders.


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