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Major in gerontology

Gerontology – the study of aging – prepares you to care for and support older adults.

Explore age-related issues, changes and disorders. Know the aging process and how to help seniors in daily life.

Join a fast-growing career field where you can make the golden years brighter.

Degree options

Already have a major? You can also earn a minor in gerontology or certificate in gerontology.

Degree plan

Review a sample schedule that details your path to graduation.

Degree plan

Review this sample schedule if you want to major in gerontology and something else.

Degree resources

Ease your transfer process.

Backed by strong credentials and tradition

The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education certifies us as a Program of Merit. We were the first in the nation, in 1999, to earn this distinction.

The Program of Merit designation recognizes gerontology and health profession programs that meet globally vetted criteria.

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Age-Friendly University Global Network

Missouri State University is proud to be a member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network. With a focus on public affairs and diversity, Missouri State University supports student of all ages.

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Why major in gerontology at Missouri State?

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No other school in the state has it

MSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in gerontology in Missouri.

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Two degrees are better than one

Increase your marketability. You can earn a double major in gerontology and another field with no extra course work.

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Enjoy close connections

Our program is small compared to others. That means you get a custom education and personal advising. You can build one-on-one relationships with your faculty, advisor and classmates.

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Have broad career options

Gerontology covers many things, which prepares you for more career fields. Your knowledge can apply to areas like biology, social work, marketing, business and more. Most students have jobs before they graduate.

By the numbers

We’re an affordable, nationally recognized program. You’ll be ready to thrive in a growing career field.



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Expected job growth over the next 10 years (much faster than average) for social and human service assistants.
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Careers and outcomes

People are living longer than ever. With a gerontology degree, you’re prepared to meet this increasing demand for aging services.

Program resources

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