Graduate Certificate in Gerontology


UCSUR, the College of General Studies (CGS) and the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services have collaborated to create a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Stay competitive in your field with specialized knowledge of aging and the aging process. Adapt your delivery of services, programs, or products with in-depth knowledge of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of an aging population.  You can enroll solely in this certificate program or pursue this certificate along with a degree program.  You can often apply credits you earn for the certificate toward a degree program. To gain credentials and skills in a specific area of study, choose a specialization track in Dentistry, Law, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy/ Rehabilitation, Public Health, Social Work, Gerontechnology or one of two multidisciplinary tracks (i.e., General; Prevention and Healthy Aging).

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The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a 15-16 credit program designed to serve professionals in diverse disciplines, in a variety of industries, who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge about gerontology and geriatrics, and specialized knowledge of aging and aging processes in their particular disciplines or occupations. Students complete a required core curriculum for the program (6–7 credits), plus three or more courses (8 or 9 credits) selected from a prescribed pool of elective courses.

Students have the option to take traditional, classroom-type courses, or online courses, or a combination of both.

Admission to the Gerontology Certificate program does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or any other graduate school entrance examination. However, students should satisfy all other requirements for admission to the corresponding graduate degree from which the certificate curriculum is drawn. Nondegree students who demonstrate potential and motivation for doing graduate work may be admitted provisionally. Course work completed on a nondegree basis that satisfies the course requirements of a graduate program within the University may be applied as advanced standing toward that degree, with the exception of the JD program offered through the School of Law.

 Online Gerontology Certificate

  • More information about the online program can be found here.

Traditional Gerontology Certificate

Graduate Level Coursework, 15-16 credits
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To learn more contact Jennifer Bissell.