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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.

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: USC ranked #5 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of up-and-coming schools.

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 tied for 25th among the top national universities in 2015.

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

School Highlight: The university ranked #9 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of the top public universities in the West.

California State University - Fullerton was ranked tied for the 40th-best Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. 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.

Top Gerontology Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University BYU helps gerontology students find important internships and professional experience. Provo, UT
Georgia State University The school's Gerontology Institute awards eight 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 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university tied for fourth on its list of top schools to offer nurse practitioner programs in gerontology. Baltimore, MD
Duke University Duke ranked tied for seventh on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of the best schools with nurse practitioner/gerontology programs. Durham, NC
Virginia Commonwealth University The university provides seven 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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