Social Gerontology, M.A.

Department of Gerontology, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

Students pursuing the MA in Social Gerontology are seeking a formalized and in-depth understanding of the aging process by either pursuing a thesis or non-thesis option.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Christopher M. 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:

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

MASGER Degree Requirements

MASGER Required Courses (12 hours thesis option-15 hours non-thesis option):

GERO 9110/SOC 9110Applied Social Gerontology

3 credits

GERO 9460/PSYC 9460Seminar in Aging and Human Behavior

3 credits

GERO 8676Programs and Services for the Elderly

3 credits

GERO 9020Graduate Seminar in Statistical Applications

3 credits

GERO 8940Practicum

3 credits

GERO 8940: (non-thesis option only)

MASGER Electives (18 hours thesis option-21 hours non-thesis option):

Any graduate-level Gerontology course can count toward the MA, as well as other courses outside the Department of Gerontology with the advice and consent of the advisor.

MASGER Exit Requirements:

Thesis Option:

GERO 8990Thesis

1 - 6 credits

Non-Thesis Option:

Comprehensive Examination

Total Credit Hours: 36

MASGER-Other Program-Related Information:

Alternative Delivery

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

Dual Degree in Social Gerontology and Law

Prospective students must apply to both UNO and UNL. Please refer to the Gerontology Departmental Handbook for more information. If pursuing the dual Social Gerontology and Law degree the LSAT will be accepted in lieu of the GRE.