The population of the united States is aging at an unprecedented rate. By 2030 there will be more than 71 million older persons, more than twice the number in 2000. The Sage Graduate School Certificate Program in Gerontology will enable you to make a difference in the lives of older individuals by advancing their autonomy and well-being, and by working on issues related to this demographic and social phenomenon.

This graduate program encourages applicants from a variety of fields, is multi-disciplinary in its approach, and will prepare you to provide services to older adults and work in the fields of policy analysis or administration, or in the rehabilitation sciences.

You'll gain:

  • A broad view of aging for professional applications
  • Knowledge of the aging process
  • Understanding of aging as a developmentally appropriate and expected part of the universal human experience
  • Awareness of and attitudes toward older adults
  • Knowledge and skills to enhance opportunities for older adults
  • An understanding of chronic illness and the role of palliative care in health delivery and care plannings.
  • Opportunities to integrate knowledge, experience, and professional applications to serve older individuals

The Faculty

You'll learn from and work with faculty who are experts and practitioners in the field of gerontology and graduates from the highly competitive John A. Hartford Scholar program and the Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education and Practice post-doctoral program. At Sage, you will study alongside professors who practice what they teach.

The Gerontology Certificate Program incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of aging, including policy analysis and development, service delivery, and the physiological and psychological aspects of aging. The curriculum blends liberal studies and professional orientations for the individual who will work to meet the needs of the elderly in our society.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the gerontology program must meet Sage Graduate School admission requirements.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college.
  • Two letters of reference (academic or professional).
  • A brief (2-3 pages) written statement regarding interest in gerontology.
  • Current resume.

The Program

The gerontology certificate program provides a formal course of the study in aging. The program is a sequence of three core courses (3 credits each) and a final project (3 credits) for a total of 12 credits. Courses may be used as requirements or electives in the existing graduate degree programs at Sage, such as psychology, according to the requirements of the particular program.