Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration in Gerontology
Why Pursue This Program
The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Gerontology prepares students to work with aging adults and their families.
Students in this program study:
- The human aging process
- Biological, behavioral and social changes associated with aging
- The services that assist in the aging process
- Real-world applications in a practicum setting
Students of this program appreciate that it can be completed 100% online. Courses are available in an asynchronous format, meaning the student may access the content at any time and do not need to be available at a specific time, offering a convenient, thought-provoking way of learning about the aging experience.
The program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha through a partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Gerontology, which conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include end-of-life planning, caregiving, resiliency and public policy.
It is estimated that the population of persons 65 years of age and older will increase from 40 million in 2010 to 88 million in 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population.
Students with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Gerontology may pursue an advanced degree or find careers in:
- Aging Services Administrators
- Area Agency on Aging
- Assisted Living Administrators
- Estate Planners
- Financial Planners
- Geriatric Care/Case Managers
- Life Enrichment/Activities Coordinators
- Social Service Workers
More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies.
The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelor's degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.