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Graduate Programs in Gerontology

Our online graduate programs in gerontology are designed to prepare you for careers with the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Over the past 10 years, the number of Americans 65 and over increased by 30% and is projected to more than double to 98 million in 2060. Those who are 85+ are the fastest growing segment of the older adult population. Be a part of the growing field of gerontology by completing our online masters degree in gerontology or graduate certificate in gerontology.

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At a Glance

Program TypeMaster of Science
Academic HomeCenter on Aging, College of Health and Human Sciences
Delivery100% online
Credit Hours36
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
Estimated total cost for 36 credit hours
$21,240 (Based on 2020-2021 academic year tuition rate. Hours/costs will differ depending on transfer hours, course choices, and academic progress.)
Credit hour cost

$590* (flat rate, regardless of residency)
More information is available on the Great Plains IDEA Tuition page or the KSU Cashier's page.

Additional information

Rolling admissions. Courses offered on a semester basis for spring, summer and fall


K-State's online Gerontology program has been selected #5 in the nation by Great Value Colleges and #3 by The Best Schools program!

Number 5 affordable online masters degree in gerontology Best Online Masters in Gerontology 


Community, religious or human services organizationsHealth care and/or long term care in retirement communities
Federal, state and local government agenciesAdult and intergenerational education
Academic and research settingsBusiness/industry or professional organizations


Students will be exposed to professors at seven different universities and will have classmates from around the country/world, creating a unique learning experience. Courses are asynchronous, allowing students to work around professional and family obligations. A wide variety of both required and elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. Courses are scheduled more than a year in advance so students can plan ahead to meet completion requirements.

Testimonials from Gerontology program alumni

AAnthony Zepedanthony -- 2018 graduate

I was informed of my promotion to Regional Technical Training Supervisor U.S and International Market- Hearing Aid Division for Costco. I will be in-charge of the Midwest region, Texas region, Mexico, Australia, England, France, Iceland and Spain as of now! I’ll be coming up with protocols and training on how to help take care of our patients with dementia and helping our older adults with how we deliver services.  .  .  . I finally know that I made it! My Master’s in Gerontology definitely helped me get the position over people even with their doctorates in audiology. I want to say thank you and I am glad I chose KSU and the GP-IDEA program.