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Center on Aging

Graduate Programs in Gerontology

Our online graduate programs in gerontology are designed to prepare you for careers with the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Over the past 10 years, the number of Americans 65 and over increased by 30% and is projected to more than double to 98 million in 2060. Those who are 85+ are the fastest growing segment of the older adult population. Be a part of the growing field of gerontology by completing our online masters degree in gerontology or graduate certificate in gerontology.

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 At a Glance

Program TypeMaster of Science
Academic HomeCenter on Aging, College of Human Ecology
Delivery100% online
Credit Hours36
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
Estimated  cost$20,880*
Credit hour cost$580* (flat rate, regardless of residency)
Additional information

No admission deadlines. Courses offered on a semester basis.  Classes offered Spring, Summer and Fall

 *Based on 2018-2019 academic year tuition rate. Hours and costs will differ depending on transfer hours, course choices, and academic progress.

K-State's online Gerontology program has been selected #5 in the nation by Great Value Colleges!


Number 5 affordable online masters degree in gerontology Best Online Masters in Gerontology

Career Opportunities in Gerontology
  • Community, religious or human services organizations
  • Health care, long term care in retirement communities
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Adult and intergenerational education
  • Academic and research settings
  • Business/industry or professional organizations

Students will be exposed to professors at seven different universities and will have classmates from around the country/world, creating a unique learning experience. Courses are asynchronous, allowing students to work around professional and family obligations. A wide variety of both required and elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. Course schedules are more than a year in advance so students can plan ahead to meet completion requirements.

Testimonials from Gerontology program alumni
Jenna Kilawee

I pursued my graduate degree at a time that could not have been more complicated.  I was working full-time as a Recreation Therapist at the area Veterans Home as well as another full-time job as a caregiver in a group home.  My husband and I had just started our family.  I needed something flexible that would allow me to “attend” classes in the middle of the night; on the weekends; while home on leave with my new son; whenever I had a spare minute.  The Great Plains IDEA program allowed me to do just that.  I was able to continue my life while broadening options in my career.  Even before I graduated with my Master’s of Gerontology, I had the type of job offers lined up that I had always dreamed about:  Leadership roles in the field of aging that would allow me to make a positive long-term impact on the clients and staff that I served.   I am not exaggerating when I say that while my undergraduate Degree in Recreation Therapy gave me a solid yet narrow base in the field of aging, my graduate degree in Gerontology allowed me to truly start a productive and engaging career.

"I wanted a degree from a reputable program, and that's what I got from Kansas State."

Roy Valenzuela, Graduate of K-State Masters in Gerontology program