UMass Boston

Gerontology: Management of Aging Services MS

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Become a leader in the fast-growing field of aging services.

UMass Boston’s Management of Aging Services MS focuses on preparing you for a leadership position in the fast-growing field of aging services. It’s designed for working professionals who want to advance in their field or change careers by adding a master’s degree to their résumé. Gain practical skills from experienced expert faculty, and prepare for success in a broad spectrum of careers relating to elder care, and long-term services and supports. Apply these skills to virtually any field — advocacy, aging policy, care management, community programming, financial services, nonprofit management, sales and marketing, housing and transportation, and more.

Program Strengths

  • High Quality: Award-winning and accredited program that is part of the second oldest graduate Department of Gerontology in the world.
  • Affordable: Among the lowest online tuition rates in the field.
  • Flexible: Advance at your own pace. Many students complete the program in under 3 years on a part-time class schedule.
  • Interactive: Engage and network with your supportive classmates, instructors, advisors, and staff.

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent at the time of enrollment
  • Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits
    • Applicants who completed the majority of their undergraduate coursework outside of the United States are typically required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English proficiency test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose

Current UMass Boston undergraduates who wish to apply for the accelerated master's program (AMP) should use the AMP application directly. Learn more.

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Foundation Courses (24 Credits)

  • GERON GR 610 - Understanding Data: Research Methods for Managers 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 612 - Healthy Aging Perspectives 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 622 - Aging in Society 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 629 - Psychological Impact of Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 624 - Aging Policy and Programming 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 638 - An Overview of Environmental Gerontology: The Micro-to-Macro Continuum 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 650 - Service Delivery Issues in Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 660 - Organization and Financing of Aging Services 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 670 - Human Resources & Personnel Management in Aging Services 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Complete three from below.

  • GERON GR 630 - Residential Long Term Care Management 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 635 - Leadership and Ethics in Aging Services 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 636 - Technology and Aging 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 640 - Introduction to Senior Transportation 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 645 - Marketing of Aging Services 3 Credit(s)
  • GERON GR 675 - Organizational Change and Aging Services 3 Credit(s)

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

  • GERON GR 692 - Capstone Project Seminar in Management of Aging Services 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Program Requirements

Complete 36 credits from twelve courses including eight foundation courses, three electives, and one capstone course.

Capstone: Completion of a project as part of GERON GR 692.

Statute of limitations: Five years.


Graduate Program Director Kathrin Boerner
kathrin.boerner [at]
(617) 287-7348

Program Manager Martin Hansen-Verma
martin.hansen [at]
(617) 287-7338

Gerontology Programs
gerontology [at]

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