Master of Arts (MA) in Gerontology


Welcome to the Gerontology Program

The Gerontology Program began a new partnership with the School of Social Work in January, 2009. The Master of Arts degree program is very well-positioned to meet the aging population challenges of California, the nation, and globally.

The Gerontology Program is interdisciplinary and professional in nature. This applied gerontology degree program is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related human service field. Coursework is designed to: 1. Emphasize the broad, interdisciplinary nature of issues which relate to and influence older adults; 2. Provide students with the academic background, professional experience, and research capabilities necessary to pursue advanced study at the doctorate level; and 3. Prepare students for professional practice and leadership positions in the public and private sectors where gerontological knowledge is required.

The field of aging is one of the most exciting and dynamic fields of study. We hope you will find our program to be an exciting next step in launching your career or furthering your gerontological research interests that result in your becoming a leader and state-of-the-art service provider/administrator working to improve the lives of elders throughout society.

Sincerely, Brian De Vries, Ph.D.

Professor and Coordinator, Gerontology Program


Gerontology Program Overview

A prospective student must fulfill the general university requirements as stated in the section of the Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admissions of the SFSU Bulletin. To be considered for unconditional admission to the MA in Gerontology, a student must have completed an undergraduate major in an appropriate field with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students whose undergraduate major did not include Gerontology courses should consult the Faculty Advisor about making up coursework in Gerontology. If the student's undergraduate record meets the basic requirements and gives promise of a successful pursuit of graduate work, the program will recommend that the student be admitted to graduate classified status or graduate conditionally classified status specifying the conditions and time limit within which they must be met.


For current information regarding program admission and application materials, please go to the Gerontology Program link on the Admissions section of the website menu.


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San Francisco State University

Gerontology Programs

1600 Holloway Avenue - HSS 227

San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: (415) 338-1684

Fax: (415) 338-0591