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Gerontology, B.Sc.

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Why study Gerontology at Missouri State University? You'll join a Program of Merit, designated by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the only gerontology program approved by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education in Missouri. You will be prepared to work in a variety of industries serving the diverse, growing demographic of older adults.

Our small, student-centered environment fosters valuable faculty-student mentorship. You can earn a double-major of gerontology and psychology with no additional coursework, increasing your marketability.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the gerontology degree, students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of human aging as a combination of psychological, social, and biological processes.
  • Sufficient familiarity with the methods of gerontological research, the ability to apply research methods in a concrete setting, and the knowledge to evaluate their use by others in the field of gerontology.
  • Knowledge of the different theories and principles within gerontology as an interdisciplinary science and the ability to apply this knowledge in a setting working with older adults.
  • An awareness of the historical record of gerontology's development as an interdisciplinary science devoted to an understanding of the issues affecting the aging process.
  • A recognition of the practical and ethical issues involved in studying gerontological phenomena and working with older adults.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Gerontology Elective
  • Community Resources for Older Adults
  • Biology of Aging
  • Gerontology - Health Related
  • Supervised Practicum in Gerontology
  • Seminar in Gerontology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The International Student Application and Fee
  • Official proof of any degree, diploma, certificate and/or transcript must be submitted for your file in the original language and a translated copy
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Required Documentation of Financial Support

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12928 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7588 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7588 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Springfield

  • 725 - 1020 USD/month
    Living Costs

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