As our population ages, there is a great need for individuals who understand older adults, the aging process and support systems/programs for older adults. To meet these needs, Western Michigan University’s gerontology program offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate program.

There are a growing number of career paths available for people interested in working with, for, or on behalf of the fastest growing age segment in the U.S. If you are considering a minor in gerontology or the graduate certificate, here is a list of related careers from the book, "101+ Careers in Gerontology".



The gerontology minor complements many majors at Western Michigan University. It begins with Gerontology 1000, which is also a WMU Essential Studies course.

Grad cert

You can complete this 9-credit graduate certificate in aging studies completely online. There are also many opportunities to meet with instructors and other students.

WMU has added a new Nursing Home Administrator career path for this high demand career

We now offer three classes (nine credits) in the WMU School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs that can help you qualify to take the Michigan Nursing Home Administrator licensing exam.