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Gerontology, Graduate Minor

Graduate Minor

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Gerontology, Graduate Minor uses a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing the worlds rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning.

What can a gerontology minor do for you? 

  • You gain knowledge of the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging.
  • With the knowledge gained, you also learn about the challenges of aging and how to address these.
  • You gain insight into working with older adults.

This degree can be a valuable companion to your other degree(s) and will give you an edge over other candidates.

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, healthy aging, resiliency and public policy.  

Career Outlook: 

According to the Administration for Community Living, by 2020, 77 million people will be 60 and older in the U.S. The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population. The degree allows students to have flexibility with coursework and can be easily paired with other majors and minors in other disciplines to expand career opportunities. The high demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing and career opportunities are numerous and varied.

A minor in Gerontology complements many different degree types but is of interest to those in the areas of:   

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Business

Lyn Holley, Ph.D.

Lyn Meridew Holley, member of the UNO Thompson Learning Community, Graduate Faculty, Native American Studies Faculty and Honors Faculty, has received awards for teaching excellence that include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and nomination for the 2014 OTICA. Her research interests include public programs and services for the aging, intergenerational relationships, lifespan resilience and long-term staffing policies and programs.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. International Students must take IELTS.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application for admissions .
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee .

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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Students choose 9 credit hours from the courses listed. 
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GERO 8356-850Advanced Principles in the Biology of Aging3

Course Number: GERO 8356-850

This course is intended for students in gerontology and in other fields who are interested in a humanistic approach to understanding significant issues which affect the lives of older people.

GERO 8676-850Programs & Services for the Elderly3

Course Number: GERO 8676-850

This course is provided to give the student a historical overview of programs for the elderly; examine the national policy process as it relates to the older American; and review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged.

GERO 8730-850Dying, Death and Grieving3

Course Number: GERO 8730-850

An examination of theory and research relevant to interaction with the older, terminally ill person, focusing on communication with widows and other survivors as well as the dying patient

GERO 9110-850Applied Social Gerontology3

Course Number: GERO 9110-850

An overview of social gerontology with an emphasis on the interplay between social, psychological and physical elements in later life. Restricted to graduate students only; required of gerontology students.

GERO 9460-850Seminar in Aging & Human Behavior3

Course Number: GERO 9460-850

This course will examine in detail age-related changes in psychological processes and explore the implications of these changes for behavior. The course is intended primarily for graduate students in psychology and gerontology.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $365.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $418.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1095.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1256.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $653.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1961.25
Note: A Student Access & Success Fee of $98.05 is billed each semester. 

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