Gerontology – Master’s


With more people over the age of 65 alive today than any other period in history, now is the time to advance your knowledge in assisting the elderly. Iowa State University’s online master’s in gerontology applies a cross-section of university-wide disciplines to your study of aging as you prepare for a career in a profession with almost unlimited growth and reach.


We live in an aging society in which the older population is growing both in absolute numbers and in proportion to all other age groups. Businesses, government agencies, service organizations, educational institutions, and self-employed professionals from every economic sector are recognizing the need for specialized knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this changing demography.

Gerontology offers challenging and rewarding careers in a rapidly growing area which needs people with a broad range of skills.

Diverse career specializations

People who are interested in this diverse field come from many disciplines, professions, and clinical areas, such as:

Social work
Nursing Counseling
Public policy
Long-term care administration
Adult education
Rehabilitation therapy

University partnerships

Iowa State University is a member of Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP IDEA), a consortium of universities that have come together to offer fully online degree programs. This collaboration provides Iowa State University students the opportunity to take a variety of courses taught by Gerontology faculty and professionals across institutions.

Admissions Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.

For details visit the Graduate College website.


Total credits: 30

The Course Planner provides a list of courses and shows when they are traditionally offered.

Non-degree credits
You may take up to nine graduate credit hours as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted to the program. If you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student, please start by applying as a non-degree student through the Admissions Office and contact to schedule your courses once your application has been approved.


As a member of GP IDEA, all students pay universal tuition. For more information, visit the GP IDEA website.

Contact Information

2624 Howe Hall

Joe Sample
Faculty Adviser
1369 Palmer Building

Online Program Details

Program Application

Family and Consumer Sciences Program Application

Related Online Programs

Online Gerontology Certificate