A graduate Gerontology certificate can be a way to begin to explore a new career or it can bring added value to an existing career. This eighteen-credit program can be taken either as a free-standing certificate or integrated with a graduate degree program at UMKC, such as the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Students from such diverse fields as social work, counseling, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, dental hygiene, sociology, law, architecture, and education have completed the certificate. Students should contact the Program Director to discuss enrollment and a plan of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Utilize gerontological frameworks to examine human development and aging.
  • Relate biological theory and science to understanding senescence, longevity, and variation in aging.
  • Relate psychological theory and science to understanding adaptation, stability, and change in aging.
  • Relate social theory and science to understanding heterogeneity, inequality, and context as they relate to aging.
  • Distinguish factors related to aging outcomes, both intrinsic and contextual, through critical thinking and empirical research.
  • Adhere to ethical principles to guide work with and on behalf of older persons.
  • Engage, through communication with older persons, their families, and the community in personal and public issues in aging.
  • Engage collaboratively with others to promote integrated approaches to aging.


Interdisciplinary Core
A&S 5500Interdisciplinary Colloquium On Aging3
Sociology Core
SOCIOL 5550Sociology Of Aging3
Psychology Core
PSYCH 5543Adult Development And Aging3
Health/Biology Core
A&S 5515The Aging Body: Causes and Consequences3
Field Practicum
A&S 5592Field Practicum In Aging 13
Elective(s) 23
Total Credits18