Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Advances over the past 50 years have led to substantial increases in life expectancy and a growing population of older adults with diverse needs and interests. Many U.S. states predict dramatic workforce shortages in industries that provide services to our aging population. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly around the globe, as is the number of career paths that involve working with older adults (e.g., healthcare, administration, finance, housing, and consulting).

In as little as 2 semesters, you can earn your Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and help improve the aging experience of older adults. The certificate, offered through UGA's College of Public Health, provides you with the formal training necessary to expand your existing professional skillset and amplify your career opportunities. All courses take an interdisciplinary approach and provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain to real-world scenarios. Courses are offered fully online in an asynchronous format and are structured to fit into the busy schedules of graduate students and working professionals.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is offered through the College of Public Health's Institute of Gerontology and is available to:

  • Graduate students already enrolled in a degree program at UGA
  • Certificate seeking students who hold a Bachelor's or advanced degree


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The University of Georgia College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition and Fees

Online Tuition $645 per credit hour 12 credit hours $7,740 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 2 semesters $1,194 USD
Total Program Cost     $8,934 USD
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Online tuition is the same regardless of residency.
UGA students currently enrolled in a campus program will be charged the tuition rate for campus courses, not the online tuition rate.
Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Software (beyond the standard MS Office Suite)
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Promising applicants will be considered for program scholarship.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance for residents 62 and Older

Any resident of Georgia over the age of 62 can earn a UGA degree for free. The USG tuition assistance program for students in GA over the age of 62 includes online classes at the University of Georgia. Those who qualify are encouraged to apply for an undergrad or graduate degree at UGA online or on campus.

Additional information can be found in Board of Regents Policy, Persons Aged 62 and Older. Students who are interested in this program should contact their college or university of interest for additional information. You can find more information about admissions on UGA's Admissions page.


Admission Requirements 

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Gerontology and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.

Application Checklist 

  1. Application - Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee:$ 75 Domestic / $100 International 
  2. Select Campus - Online 
  3. Select Intended Program- CERG, Gerontology (College of Public Health)[CERT_2GRN_ON] 
  4. Statement of purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  5. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission

International Applicants - Must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores 

Application Deadlines

Domestic deadlines 

  • Fall July 1

  • Spring November 15 

International deadlines 

  • Fall April 15

  • Spring October 15


Program Structure

In this fully online certificate program, you will take a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. You must complete a foundations course (3 credit hours), as well as three electives courses (total of 9 credit hours) tailored to your specific interests.


Required Foundation course

Course Title

GRNT 7100E

Foundations of Aging (3 credit hours)

Electives Courses (choice of 3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours)

Course Title

GRNT 6650E

Aging in Society (3 credit hours)

GRNT 7200E

Lifespan Health Psychology (3 credit hours)

GRNT 7400E

Cognition and the Aging Brain (3 credit hours)

GRNT 7500E

Smart Technology in an Aging Society (3 credit hours)

GRNT 7600E Pharmacology and Aging (3 credit hours)

GRNT 8200E

Public Health and Aging (3 credit hours)

Sample Program of Study:


GRNT 7100E (3 credit hours)


GRNT 8200E (3 credit hours)


GRNT 6650E (3 credit hours)


GRNT 7400E (3 credit hours)

Contact Information

Email us using the request for information form or call 706-397-3074



"The professors were great at ensuring office hours were available and even established a weekly workshop for students to present their current research and allowed for feedback from their peers. My future plans are to continue to work in the field of public health emergency preparedness and protect the health of the general public, especially populations that are at greater risk like the older adults that I studied while at the University of Georgia. " - Christopher Russo, '20