Gerontology MA

Admission to the Gerontology MA has been suspended.

The Master of Arts degree in gerontology is one of Youngstown State University's newest degree programs. With a solid interdisciplinary focus on social epidemiology and aging, the program differs from the few others of its kind in the state, and it joins only a small number of others in the country.

What You'll Study

The Gerontology master's program gives you an interdisciplinary approach to learning social epidemiology and aging through a blend psychology, political science, social work and human ecology coursework.

You'll study the health of older adults, including risk factors of disease that affect the health of the aging population. You'll also examine the relationship between demographic factors, such as gender, race, SES, and health and illness factors within the aging community.

The program is ideal for any professional currently working in aging- and health-related areas or for recent graduates of undergraduate programs such as:

  • Gerontology
  • Sociology
  • Nursing and nursing home administration
  • Health professions and public health
  • Human ecology
  • Biology
  • Social work


Internships and Jobs


  • Ohio Living Park Vista
  • Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Area Agency on Aging 11


  • Comfort Keepers
  • Direction Home Eastern Ohio

One More Thing

YSU's program has a lot of opportunities for research, which is great for graduate-level studies."

Amber Durkin, Graduate Gerontology Student

Master of Arts in Gerontology