UMass Boston

Aging Studies BA

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Understand and prepare to address the complexities of aging across diverse cultures.

The population is aging at an unprecedented rate, which creates a growing demand for professionals with knowledge and training in aging studies to understand and improve the well-being of older people. This program introduces you to the issues, questions, perspectives, needs, and contributions of older persons. In Aging Studies classes, you will gain a deep understanding of the physiological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of aging, and acquire research and practical skills critical to your professional development, including program planning and evaluation, policy analysis, geriatric assessment, and working with diverse populations. You will be prepared for leadership roles in aging services, policy, research, and advocacy, and cultivate cultural competence in interactions with older individuals, families, and communities. The majority of Aging Studies classes are offered online and at both midday and evening times, to offer maximum flexibility for students.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of aging processes, including social, cultural, economic, and health aspects, enabling you to critically analyze and address the needs, rights, and well-being of older adults.
  • Acquire research skills and interdisciplinary knowledge in gerontology, psychology, sociology, public health, and policy, equipping you to design and implement innovative programs, policies, and interventions that promote healthy aging and enhance the quality of life for older adults
  • Cultivate intercultural competence, empathy, and communication skills, preparing you to engage with diverse populations, collaborate with stakeholders, and advocate for age-friendly environments and inclusive practices at the global level

Career Possibilities

Coordinate and manage programs and services for older adults in government agencies, non-profit organizations, or community centers, addressing their social, health, and economic needs. Work with healthcare providers to develop and implement effective care plans. Or, conduct research on aging-related issues to contribute to evidence-based policy and practice in the field of gerontology. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Aging Program Coordinator
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Aging Policy Advocate
  • Aging and Workforce Consultant


Plan Your Education

How to Apply

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Deadlines & Cost

Early action deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: June 15

Financing Your Education

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For detailed course descriptions, please visit the university catalog for Aging Studies BA.

Required Courses (24 Credits)

  • GERON 150 - Introduction to Aging and the Life Course 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 160 - International Perspectives on Population Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 250 - Mental Health and Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 260 - Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 325 - Applied Research in Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 342L - Aging and Society 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 401 - Field Placement I 3 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Take four courses from below.

  • GERON 170 - Sexuality and Aging
  • GERON 180 - Diversity and Aging
  • GERON 190 - Death and Dying
  • GERON 240 - Policy and Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 350 - Families in Later Life 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 355 - Service Delivery Issues for Aging Populations 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON 441 - Global Aging Field Placement II 1-4 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Degree Requirements

If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.

University Requirements

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Major Requirements

Complete 36 credits from twelve courses including eight required courses and four electives.

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