Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will it take to get my PhD?

    Coursework can be completed in 2 ½ years, with the remaining time to degree spent working on the qualifying paper and dissertation. You are required to complete a minimum of 69 credits of core and elective credits, three semesters of colloquium series, an empirical research policy paper, a qualifying exam paper, and a minimum of nine dissertation credits.
  • Is this program available for part time study?

    Yes, but you must be available to take day-time classes. Admissions priority is given to full time applicants.
  • Are GRE scores required?

    Yes, all candidates must take the GRE. If you took the GRE within the last five years, we will accept an official notification of that score. We do not require a minimum GRE score, but it is important component of our competitive selection process.
  • Can I transfer credits?

    Graduate courses already completed from a graduate program where a degree was not awarded or credits earned beyond the degree’s minimum requirements will be evaluated individually for transfer credit. Prior courses work must be equivalent to course work offered in the program for transfer credit to be awarded. The maximum number of transferable credits is usually six, although more is possible.
  • Do you offer financial aid?

    Although the cost to attend is affordable, we do offer teaching and research assistantships to full time doctoral students on a competitive basis. Read more »
  • Do you require TOEFL for international students?

    All applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree from a college or university outside of the United States are required to take either the test English as a foreign language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS). Applicants are exempt if they have attended an English-speaking college or university in the United Sates for a period of at least two academic years full time or received at least 4 years of education (including their undergraduate program) in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand , Scotland, Singapore, United States or Wales. Read more »
  • When is the application deadline for the PhD program?

    Priority is given to those who submit the application portfolio and all supporting credentials by February 1. Applications received after February 1st will be considered on a space-available basis. Read more »
  • What do your graduates do after graduation?

    Graduates will be prepared for teaching and research positions in universities and colleges, as well as professional positions in state and local government, public and private research firms, and non- profit agencies. Read more »
  • Do I need my Master's degree to apply to the PhD program?

    No, a Master's degree is not a prerequisite for this program. You can earn your Master's degree as you pursue your PhD in Gerontology.