The Gerontology Practice sequence prepares students for practice with older adults in a variety of settings. The most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that 5 in 10 jobs in the health care and social assistance sectors will be for people with expertise in working with older populations.
This sequence emphasizes the development, delivery, and management of services to meet the specific needs of the growing population of elderly. The curriculum prepares graduates for advanced practice across an array of settings including long-term care centers, assisted living centers, mental health centers and institutions, elder protection agencies, medical agencies, and community centers.
Students who pursue this concentration in the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program may qualify for the Social Aspects of Aging certificate from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Some of the coursework, including electives, draw from a cross-disciplinary curriculum. In addition to coursework that is specific to gerontology, students will complete their advanced practicum in an agency setting with older adults.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
A student applying to this program must:
Advanced Standing Applicants: you must provide one academic reference and one reference from a field instructor. If you have not begun your advanced field practicum, you may provide one reference from a professional or volunteer social service/human service experience.
Full Program Applicants: You must provide at least one academic reference if graduating within a year of applying to the MSW program and one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services. Applicants who are currently working full-time must provide one reference from a social service/human service supervisor, one reference from a professional colleague or former supervisor and one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services (especially for candidates who are changing careers).
Please provide the following guidelines to your recommender for completion of a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant:
The questions that need to be addressed are:
|Fall (August)||February 15 for full program applicants only|
|Spring (January)||No admission|
|Summer (May/June)||No admission|
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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