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 curriculum or be integrated with a graduate degree program at UMKC.  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. The certificate may also be integrated with the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.


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 Courses
Electives 23
Total Credits18

The practicum requirement should be enrolled in after all other core requirements are completed.


Three elective credit hours can be taken to complete the program. Students should contact the gerontology program director to identify appropriate electives.