Graduate Gerontology Studies
The Department of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies offers students innovative graduate programs for the study of aging. The PhD program is one of the oldest program of its kind and has produced more PhDs in gerontology than any university in the world. Further, our award winning and pioneering online Management of Aging Services program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This program has trained hundreds of students who have gone on to careers as administrators and managers in the field.
Globally, people are living longer than ever before and the demand for scientific research for the development of effective policies and services to support aging populations is increasing at a rapid rate. Gerontologists are tasked with:
- Influencing federal and state policies like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act
- Creating community-based programs that assist older people and their families
- Understanding diversity in later life as well as the causes and consequences of health disparities
- Reporting the economic challenges of aging