One of the top hesitations for students considering an online program is the fear that they won’t have the opportunity to connect with professors when they have questions or to obtain lasting connections for the future.
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.
- 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||$8,934 USD|
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Software (beyond the standard MS Office Suite)
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Promising applicants will be considered for program scholarship.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance for residents 62 and Older
Any resident of Georgia over the age of 62 can earn a UGA degree for free. The USG tuition assistance program for students in GA over the age of 62 includes online classes at the University of Georgia. Those who qualify are encouraged to apply for an undergrad or graduate degree at UGA online or on campus.
Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Gerontology and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.
- Application - Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee:$ 75 Domestic / $100 International
- Select Campus - Online
- Select Intended Program- CERG, Gerontology (College of Public Health)[CERT_2GRN_ON]
- Statement of purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
- 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
Fall July 1
Spring November 15
Fall April 15
Spring October 15
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
Foundations of Aging (3 credit hours)
Electives Courses (choice of 3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours)
Aging in Society (3 credit hours)
Lifespan Health Psychology (3 credit hours)
Cognition and the Aging Brain (3 credit hours)
Smart Technology in an Aging Society (3 credit hours)
|GRNT 7600E||Pharmacology and Aging (3 credit hours)|
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)|
News & Events
"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