The online Master of Arts (MA) in Gerontology degree 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. 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.
Students of the Gerontology, MA will learn about:
- The human aging process.
- Biological, psychological and social changes associated with aging.
- The services that assist in the aging process.
- Program planning and evaluation.
Two tracks are offered for this program:
- 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.