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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Kerstin Gerst Emerson, Ph.D.

When you’re curious and passionate about a field, it’s a joy to teach others. I hope to pass on some of my enthusiasm for the field, and if nothing else, instill more awareness of and appreciation for older adults.

Kerstin Gerst Emerson, Ph.D.


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 Gerontology 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 online 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

Other online programs you may find interesting:  Master of Social WorkMaster of Public Health, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.


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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.


Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Admission Requirements 

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program 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


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would pay $7,740 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

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

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.


Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program Structure

In the fully online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology 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

GRNT 7100EFoundations of Aging (3 credit hours)

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

GRNT 7200ELifespan Health Psychology (3 credit hours)
GRNT 7400ECognitive Health and Aging (3 credit hours)
GRNT 7500ESmart Technology in an Aging Society (3 credit hours)
GRNT 7600EPharmacology and Aging (3 credit hours)
GRNT 7650EAging in Society (3 credit hours)
GRNT 7750E       Aging in Place
GRNT 7800E  End of Life and Older Adults
GRNT 8200EPublic Health and Aging (3 credit hours)

Sample Program of Study:

FallGRNT 7100E (3 credit hours)
 GRNT 8200E (3 credit hours)
SpringGRNT 6650E (3 credit hours)
 GRNT 7400E (3 credit hours)


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“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

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