Gerontology, Certificate

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Older adults are the fastest growing sector of today’s population. The interdisciplinary nature of gerontology makes this graduate certificate ideal for students interested in pursuing or advancing careers as an elder law attorney, a certified geriatric pharmacist, a strategic policy analyst, an educational gerontologist, and much more. This certificate will provide you with important knowledge and skills to better serve the older adult population.

This 15-credit, fully online graduate certificate combines theoretical and applied coursework in aging with a graduate curriculum in any department, such as biology, health care, policy, law, social work, and other behavioral and social sciences.

Our faculty at Mason are well-known in the field of gerontology and have received awards, grants, and other recognition from the National Institute on Aging, the Virginia Center on Aging, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and many other government agencies and foundations.


This 15-credit graduate certificate in gerontology is available fully online and may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Specific program requirements for the Gerontology, Graduate Certificate are available in Mason’s University Catalog. Additional information is available via Mason Online.


Cathy TompkinsCathy Tompkins, Associate Professor
Phone: 703-993-2838