UMass Boston

Aging Studies BA

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

The world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate, affecting the way societies around the globe deal with the growing number of older people. This online program introduces you to the issues, questions, perspectives, needs, and contributions of older persons and compares the opportunities and challenges associated with aging populations internationally–and prepares you for a career in serving the varied needs of the aging population.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of global 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 in different cultural and societal contexts
  • 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


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How to Apply

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Deadlines & Cost

Early action deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: March 1

Financing Your Education

Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable. Click below to learn more about financial aid opportunities and deadlines.

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Graduation Criteria

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.

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