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The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to serve professionals in diverse disciplines, in a variety of industries, who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge about gerontology and geriatrics, and specialized knowledge of aging and aging processes in their particular disciplines or occupations. The student will complete the required core curricula for the program (6–7 credits). The remaining three or more courses (8 or 9 credits) would be selected from a prescribed pool of elective courses.

Admission to the gerontology certificate program does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or any other graduate school entrance examination. However, students should satisfy all other requirements for admission to the corresponding graduate degree from which the certificate curriculum is drawn. Nondegree students who demonstrate potential and motivation for doing graduate work may be admitted provisionally. Course work completed on a nondegree basis that satisfies the course requirements of a graduate program within the University may be applied as advanced standing toward that degree, with the exception of the JD program offered through the School of Law.

Admissions

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology should have a bachelors degree. You are not required to completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or any other graduate school entrance examination for admission; however, students should satisfy all other requirements for admission to the corresponding graduate degree from which the certificate curriculum is drawn. Non-degree students who demonstrate potential and motivation for doing graduate work may be admitted provisionally. Course work completed on a non-degree basis that satisfies the course requirements of a graduate program within the University may be applied as advanced standing toward that degree, with the exception of the JD program offered through the School of Law.

Apply Now!

We welcome your application to the certificate program! If you have questions during the application process, please contact Jennifer Bissell, Gerontology Project Coordinator at UCSUR, at bissell@pitt.edu or 412-624-1019.

Curriculum

A minimum of 16 credits is required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Please note that not every course is offered each term.

You can view the Curriculum for a full list of Required and Elective Courses.

Schedule of Courses

Spring Term

  • GERON 2000 Directed Study
  • GERON 2002 Prevention and Health Aging
  • GERON 2005 Perspectives in Aging
  • GERON 2006 Multi-Disciplinary Aspects of Dementia
  • GERON 2007 Caregiving in Aging
  • GERON 2010 Seminar in Aging

Summer Term

  • GERON 2000 Directed Study
  • GERON 2009 Aging and Communication
  • LIS 2970 Information Resources for an Aging World*

Fall Term

  • BCHS 2534: Clinical Aspects of Dementia Care*
  • GERON 2001 Ethics and Aging
  • GERON 2003 Intergenerational Studies
  • GERON 2004 Mental Health and Illness in Late Life
  • GERON 2008 Human Performance, Nutrition and Aging

* Not offered every term. Please check with Program Coordinator before scheduling.

Inquiries and General Information

Feel free to contact us with questions or for application assistance at any time.

Jennifer K. Bissell
Program Coordinator
bissell@pitt.edu
(412) 624-1019

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