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Master's in Gerontology

The master's in gerontology is an applied program designed to prepare you for work with the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. In a rapidly aging world, you will likely work with and be surrounded by older adults. This degree helps you specialize and have a competitive, professional advantage.

  • Taught entirely online offers scheduling flexibility, regardless of location
  • Does not require the GRE or a thesis
  • Instructors and students from multiple universities brings networking opportunities and diverse perspectives to class experiences

Working professionals and those with families have the ability to complete coursework while still meeting other obligations.  Faculty serve as advisers for online students and are developing ways to be more interactive, giving students a sense of belonging. In addition, an online newsletter, developed with the online student in mind, is sent to students several times a year.

The master's in gerontology is made possible by collaborative partnerships through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA). It was developed as a completely Internet-based gerontology curriculum. The inter-institutional master's program draws on the expertise of graduate faculty and graduate courses from seven partner universities. The program has been offered at Kansas State University since fall 2003.

Great Plains IDEA faculty meeting
Great Plains IDEA faculty annual meeting, April 2018

Program content for this degree is based on core competencies identified by AGHE (Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education). The program requires 36 credit hours, 24 of them in specific courses and the remainder in elective courses.

Most courses will use Internet classrooms. Interactivity between students and the professor is accomplished through email, phone conferencing and the Internet classroom. Students should be able to complete the 36-credit hour program in three years or less while employed full-time.

The list of required and elective courses and their descriptions are listed in the graduate catalog. Although the program does not require a thesis, there is a final exam required.  For information on when the required and elective courses are offered, please see the gerontology course matrix.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) is a consortium of Human Sciences Colleges at ten universities. Students who participate in inter-institutional programs matriculate at one institution, take courses at several, and meet graduation requirements at the institution at which they matriculated. Inter-institutional programs are developed and implemented by teams of graduate faculty representing all institutions.

  • K-State GPIDEA

    Great Plains IDEA at K-State connects you with Amanda Gnadt, the K-State Great Plains IDEA Campus Coordinator. This website is designed to provide you with information about your program, important program deadlines and resources to help you succeed.

  • Global Campus - Technology

    Most courses require the use of technology and media. Use this resource to review computer and software requirements and view information about K-State Online, the learning management system used in online courses.