Gerontology Certificate

Department of Gerontology, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

Students pursuing the graduate certificate in gerontology are seeking a formalized understanding of the aging process that serves to complement an existing graduate degree such as counseling, business, public administration or social work. Students also pursue the graduate certificate in gerontology to expand their knowledge beyond the undergraduate level.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Christopher Kelly, Graduate Program Chair

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 210H


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Student must apply to both Graduate Studies and to the department.

Degree Information

Required Courses (6 hours):

GERO 9110/SOC 9110Applied Social Gerontology

3 credits

GERO 8940Practicum

3 credits

GERO 8356Issues in Aging

3 credits

1 GERO 8940: This course is not required if pursuing the concentration in Interior Design.  This course may  be waived in extraordinary circumstances.

2 GERO 8356: This course is only required if pursuing the concentration in Interior Design

Electives (12 hours):

Select any GERO 8000- or 9000-level course in consultation with your advisor to determine which courses meet your career goals.


Interior Design Concentration Courses (9 hours):

Select nine (9) hours of Interior Design courses in consultation with your advisor


Interior Design Concentration Electives (3 hours):

Select three (3) hours from the list of courses below:

GERO 8516/PA 8516Long-Term Care Administration

3 credits

GERO 8726Baby Boomers and the 21st Century

3 credits

GERO 8556/HED 8556Health Aspects of Aging

3 credits

GERO 8756/COUN 8756Mid-life, Career Change, Preretirement Planning

3 credits

GERO 8940Practicum

3 credits


Total Credit Hours: 18

Other Program-Related Information:

Alternative Delivery

Distance courses are available for both the certificate and the MA programs.

Dual program in Gerontology and Law

Students may pursue a certificate in gerontology and a law degree through the UNL College of Law. Students must apply to each campus to be considered.