Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology



Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology

Whether you are seeking to better understand your own life’s journey or a family member’s or to become part of one of the most in-demand professions, the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology provides an ideal foundation for future learning and professional growth. 

Why Study Gerontology?

There is a growing need for the skills and knowledge to meet the variety of challenges related to aging, especially here in Connecticut with the seventh-oldest population in the country. By 2030, those over the age of 60 are expected to make up 26 percent of the state’s population.

Why Study Gerontology at CCSU?

Our program is designed for those new to the field, thinking about making a career change, or those already working with older adults.  Whether you want to focus on direct care, research, policy, or the aging process itself, CCSU’s program will meet your educational needs:

  • Multidisciplinary faculty with expertise in the multidimensional aspects of aging
  • Opportunities for both practical application and applied research in gerontology
  • Evening and hybrid formats accommodate busy schedules of working adults
  • An equal balance between core and elective courses allowing for personalized learning.

You will

  • Learn about research on aging and enhance your research skills
  • Learn how to effectively advocate for the needs of older adults
  • Make a difference in the lives of older adults—and perhaps even your own.


What Can I Expect from the Classes?

  • Engaging and practical content from faculty with expertise in the aging process and the diverse societal systems involving older adults
  • Assignments that enhance understanding and critical thinking of social policies and community-based interventions that benefit older adults and their families
  • Courses offered in the evening with several designed as hybrid formats
  • Small sections composed of students from diverse educational and experience backgrounds.



Required courses focus on interdisciplinary study of gerontology and the implications of aging in our society. Required courses examine social, cultural, psychological, health, economic, and public policy issues related to aging.

Elective courses cover a broad range of topics such as health psychology, chronic illness, geriatric mental health, sociology of the aging body, intimacy and aging, writing about aging, and entrepreneurship. Students also have the option of participating in directed research or internships to pursue their specific interests and goals.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants with a GPA between 2.40 – 2.99 who demonstrate potential and whose coursework and/or experiences relate to gerontology can be considered for conditional admission.

Applicants must also submit a resume or CV and an essay that addresses past experiences, career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate training in gerontology.

To learn more and apply:


Program Contact

Carrie Andreoletti, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychological Science
Coordinator of Gerontology