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Graduate Program in Gerontology

College of Arts and Sciences


Name: Lisa Hollis-Sawyer
Phone: (773)442-5846
Link: Department Website


The mission of the graduate Gerontology Program is to contribute to the quality of life of older adults through education, research, and community service.  To that end, the program seeks to train practitioners through a broad education in the history, characteristics, and circumstances of this older population and prepare them to make a contribution to direct service, advocacy, and research.  As such, this program is appropriate for individuals working in the field, for those seeking professional-level entry into the field, and also for those whose interest is in studying aging for their own academic or personal growth.

Is this for me?

The new Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology and M.A. in Gerontology Programs are designed to meet the educational needs of a variety of student groups: those already working with older adults, those contemplating a career change, and those working in other fields who wish to increase their knowledge of aging processes.  All students complete a set of required courses providing a solid background in the concepts of gerontology.  For the master's degree, additional elective courses permit the student to gain expertise in either counseling/clinical gerontology or administration/social policy.


The Baby Boom generation is aging and their aging-related needs are affecting all aspects of society (e.g., education, service industries).  Professionals in all fields need to be trained in gerontology to better understand how to serve a population whose average age will continue to rise until about the year 2050.