Social Gerontology, MA
Master of Arts Degree in Social Gerontology
Why Pursue This Program
With thesis and non-thesis options, the Social Gerontology, MA online program is designed to meet the educational needs of working professionals and those interested in research. The program provides students with a sophisticated understanding of an aging population.
Students in this program study:
- The human aging process
- Biological, psychological and social changes associated with aging
- The services that assist in the aging process
- Program planning and evaluation
The Social Gerontology, MA program is offered 100% online and can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning the student and instructor may access the content at any time and do not need to be available at a specific time. The program has embraced online learning as a reflection of the 21st century, and this program offers students a convenient, thought-provoking way of learning about the aging experience.
Two tracks are offered:
- Thesis: Designed for professionals who wish to gain additional knowledge and insight from the research in the field of gerontology, to interpret the research critically and who may wish to be prepared to conduct research on their own.
- Non-Thesis: Designed for practitioners currently working with older adults or aspire to work with elders in some capacity. The non-thesis option provides students with the necessary educational support to understand age-related changes. The training will also allow students to design, implement and evaluate programming for elders and their families.
The program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha 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 the neuroscience of aging, end-of-life planning, aging prisoners, 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. Administration on Aging. The shift demands qualified professionals who can address the impact individuals in this age group will have.
Gerontologists may work in a variety of settings. Some include:
- Hospice Care Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Independent Living Communities
- Senior Centers
- Nutrition sites
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Government Offices
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.