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 prepares you to make a difference in the lives of older adults by managing the many challenging transitions in the industry. 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, insurance, 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.
  • Convenient: The program is 100% online and offers evening and weekend courses, full- and part-time study options, and summer courses.
  • 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.

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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
  • GRE scores are NOT required
  • 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


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 Ellen Birchander 
ellen.birchander  [at]
(617) 287-7300

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

Gerontology Programs
gerontology [at]

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