Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

The Western Michigan University Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies enhances the knowledge and skills of individuals who work with or study older adults and aging processes.

As individuals age, gerontologists seek to improve their quality of life and promote their well-being within their families, their community and society through research, education and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging process and aging populations. As a student in this program, you will learn about the biological, social and psychological foundations of human aging with a focus on global and cultural variations.

You can earn a graduate certificate on its own, or to supplement other graduate education. The certificate may be of special interest to those who are enrolled in programs related to health and human services, preparing for careers in public service and program administration, and those in basic and applied science fields who are interested in the study of aging.

Related graduate degrees include:

  • biological sciences
  • counseling psychology
  • behavior analysis
  • audiology
  • sociology
  • public administration
  • social work
  • music therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • spirituality, culture and health
  • family and consumer sciences

Courses are offered online and the certificate can be completed in one year. Financial aid for the certificate is only available if you are pursuing another graduate degree at Western Michigan University. Contact Financial Aid at (269) 387-6000 for more information.