Master of Science in Gerontology


When Students will participate in class instruction and discussion through Blackboard on a weekly basis. On average, students can expect to participate in four evening face- to-face learning and collaboration sessions at RHEC. All face-to-face sessions will be scheduled and coordinated based on course syllabi and student availability to maximize the in person experience.
Average Time to Complete Full time student status (9-15 credits per semester) averages a completion time of 2 years of instruction. Students may elect to participate as a part-time student which will lengthen time to completion.

About the Program

VCU | Master’s | Hybrid – The Department of Gerontology serves the people of the commonwealth of Virginia and the nation by providing educational programs related to the understanding of aging and promoting optimal aging. The department encourages education through discovery of new knowledge, interdisciplinary interaction, professional behavior and service to the aging network. The department’s primary focus is to prepare individuals for positions in the network of aging services. These gerontologists are educated to serve as supporters of optimal aging for older persons and families and caregivers. The master’s program provides quality education leading to careers as services providers, educators and researchers. The department also provides assistance and services to the community and engages in research and scholarly activities related to gerontology.

Studying at RHEC provides the unique opportunity for face-to- face interaction to distance students. By participating in classes in this hybrid fashion, students are able to make connections with other students, alumni, and community partners in a way that is not typical for distance education.

Career Paths

  • Administrative Gerontology (e.g., Assisted Living, Long Term Care, or other Aging Service Agency Administration)
  • Educational Gerontology (e.g., Teaching, Training, Community Education)
  • Entrepreneurial Gerontology
  • Policy/Advocacy (Local, State, National)
  • Social Services and Geriatric Care Management

Courses & Requirements

30 credit hours | Course Checklist

  • Understand the biological, psychological and sociological underpinnings of aging in U.S. society as established by Association for Gerontology in Higher Education core competencies.
  • Gain understanding and respect for the interdisciplinary team process in effective gerontological practice.
  • Through a lifespan biopsychosocialspiritual approach, gain understanding of empirically and theoretically based components contributing to optimal quality of life and performance in late life as well as knowledge and skills in best practices to promote optimal aging across the life span.
  • Gain understanding of the existing aging network across federal, state and local levels. Thorough understanding will enable students to successfully identify their niche in the aging network, contribute to a growing field and deliver effective eldercare services.


One time Gerontology Program Fee (upon enrollment): $200

Full-time, In-state tuition may be about $6,561.50 per semester

Full-time, Out-of- state tuition may be about $12,625.50 per semester

Part-time students are charged per credit hour.

*Note that these are estimates only and may not reflect actual cost.

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of VCU, you will have access to:

  • Library Services: Databases, Inter-library loan, Off-campus delivery to distance students
  • Division of Academic Success: requesting accommodations, study skills, tutoring, and other academic support
  • VCU Health Writing Center: Assistance with professional academic writing
  • Scholarships available to qualifying Master’s in Gerontology students

How to Apply

All Students must apply through the VCU Graduate School website. We accept applications in all semesters of study. All students will need:

  • 3 letters of reference
  • Personal Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Application fee of $70
  • In-State Residency form, if applicable
  • Resume

All documents must be uploaded or submitted to the VCU Graduate School.

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