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Top Gerontology Schools: List of the Top Schools in the U.S.

Read up on some of the top gerontology schools in the nation. Go over a list of these schools and learn about the program details and rankings of two at the top of the category.

School Overviews

Gerontology is the study of aging in both the wellbeing and social aspects of the field. Many undergraduate gerontology programs are designed as preparation for graduate studies in gerontology, social services or professional healthcare fields. The University of Southern California and California State University - Fullerton are two top-ranked schools to offer these programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Top Gerontology Programs in U.S. Schools

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California (USC) is a research university and one of the oldest colleges in western United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #25 among the top national universities in 2014.

The Davis School of Gerontology offers numerous programs in both the social and health aspects of aging. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development and Aging has a social science track and a health track, both of which prepare the student for further professional education in the social services and healthcare fields. The programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Gerontology and a Master of Aging Services Management provide professional education and training for those interested in careers in business management and social services for the aging. The school also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and several graduate level certificate programs in Gerontology.

2. California State University - Fullerton

In 2014, Cal State Fullerton was 40th in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the top master's universities in the western region of the U.S. The school offers an M.S. in Gerontology with 30 units of coursework in topics such as aging and public policy, social and ethical issues in aging, the economics of aging and aging and dementia. Gerontology may also be studied at the undergraduate level as a minor or as an area of focus within kinesiology, sociology and human services programs at Cal State Fullerton.

List of Good U.S. Colleges and Universities with Programs in Gerontology

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University BYU helps gerontology students find important internships and professional experience. Provo, UT
California State University - Fullerton The university ranked #9 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the top public universities in the West. Fullerton, CA
Georgia State University The school's Gerontology Institute awards seven scholarships for gerontology students. Atlanta, GA
San Diego State University Seventy-five percent of students who graduate from the gerontology program secure jobs in the 'aging network.' San Diego, CA
University of Georgia Students can join Sigma Phi Omega, the professional honors society in gerontology, or a university student group in gerontology -- G(erontology) Dawgs Student Group. Athens, GA
University of Maryland - Baltimore County In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #8 on its list of top schools to offer nurse practitioner programs in gerontology. Baltimore, MD
University of North Carolina at Greensboro UNC ranked #10 on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 list of the best schools with nurse practitioner/gerontology programs. Greensboro, NC
University of Southern California USC ranked #5 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of up-and-coming schools. Los Angeles, CA
Virginia Commonwealth University The university provides eight specific scholarships and awards for gerontology students. Richmond, VA
Wayne State University Gerontology students have access to a Research Colloquia, four research labs, and a research volunteer pool. Detroit, MI

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