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Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study providing students with the tools to lead programs and initiatives in an aging society. The Certificate in Aging Studies program is designed for students who have received a Bachelor's degree or higher. Courses are designed to address the needs of professionals who have an interest in aging or who may currently work in the field of aging, but would like to increase their knowledge. All courses are offered in a totally online format. The Certificate requires 12 credit hours. Courses may be eligible for transfer into another graduate or post-professional program, plan of study, or curriculum.

Certificate Goals:

  •  Provide students with a knowledge base that prepares, supports, and enhances their ability to work with a diverse population of older adults
  • Prepare students for professional positions serving older adults
  • Enable students to fulfill leadership roles in the public and private sectors where knowledge and expertise regarding aging populations is imperative
  • Emphasize the importance and relevance of the relationship between aging populations in the community and other professional providers
  • Apply knowledge of aging policies, programs and services to advocate effectively on behalf of older adults

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Aging program requires the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Application & Fee: Students seeking a graduate degree must complete an on-line Application for Admission (Form A). This form is available from the Graduate School & Research Office wku.edu/graduate. Your completed application along with a one time application fee of $40.00 (non-refundable) is required. 
  • Transcript Record: Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • No GRE is required 

Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at WKU, please contact your advisor to learn how you may be able to apply the graduate certificate in Aging Studies to your current master's program.

  • GERO 501: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
  • GERO 503: Policy Foundations on Aging Services
  • GERO 505: Development & Change in Aging Programs
  • One advisor approved elective. Click here to see a list of preapproved electives.

Department Contact

Program Director: Dr. Dana Bradley
Email: dana.bradley@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2356

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website:  wku.edu/graduate


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 4/24/18