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

Jan 09, 2020

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 three at the top of the category.

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Gerontology is the study of aging in both the well-being and social aspects of the field. Many undergraduate gerontology programs are available. Graduate studies exist in specific gerontology programs as well, as within related social services and professional healthcare fields. The University of Southern California, California State University at Fullerton, and Brigham Young University are three top-ranked schools to offer these programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Each was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2020.

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California is a research university and one of the oldest colleges in western United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked USC tied for 22nd among the top national universities in 2020.

The Davis School of Gerontology offers numerous programs in both the social and health aspects of aging. The Bachelor of Science 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 and several graduate level certificate programs in gerontology.

California State University Fullerton

The university tied #3 on U.S. News and World Report's 2020 list of the top public universities in the country. California State University - Fullerton was tied for #17 among all western regional universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2020. 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.

Brigham Young University in Provo, UT

BYU helps gerontology students find important internships and professional experience. Undergraduates at BYU can pursue a minor in gerontology, which includes courses in topics such as adult development, human nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and the sociology of aging. Students must also complete at least three hours of mentored research in the field, as well as a nursing practicum. For 2020, BYU was tied #77 among all national universities by U.S. News and World Report and #12 on the publication's list of best value schools.

Top Gerontology Programs

Here are some more schools that offer education in gerontology.

School Name Distinction Location
Georgia State University Their Gerontology Institute awards eight scholarships for gerontology students Atlanta, GA
San Diego State University 75% 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 In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #11 on its list of top schools to offer nurse practitioner programs in gerontology Baltimore, MD
Duke University Tied for #2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of the best schools with nurse practitioner/gerontology programs Durham, NC
Virginia Commonwealth 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

Students who want to study gerontology can find relevant academic offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many programs include research and/or clinical training requirements.

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