Graduate Studies

Learning from the Best

Miami is home to some of the top gerontology experts and graduate programs in the world. Our faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally not only for their research and scholarship, but also for their teaching and mentoring of students.  

Integrating Outstanding Graduate Education and Outstanding Research

Our graduate programs are offered through the Department of Sociology & Gerontology and enhanced by the strong connection with the Scripps Gerontology Center. As a gerontology graduate student, you will benefit from the rich Scripps research agenda and opportunities to work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty and researchers on grant-funded projects.  At Miami University, and in the gerontology programs, we embrace the higher education goal of nurturing critical and creative thinkers.  For us, this means fully integrating world-class graduate education with outstanding research.

Miami offers two graduate programs in gerontology:

Master of Gerontological Studies

The Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) degree prepares you for work in a wide variety of aging-related fields. MGS graduates hold jobs in a range of public and private settings as administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and trainers. New job opportunities for well-trained gerontologists are constantly emerging. Many of our graduates go on to pursue doctoral degrees.

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Doctorate in Social Gerontology

Our doctoral program encourages you to integrate knowledge and research methods from a range of behavioral and social sciences in your study of social gerontology. Our program–the first in the state of Ohio, and among the first in the nation–prepares scholars and educators who can meet the challenges, demands, and opportunities presented by global aging. You will be prepared to teach and conduct research in institutions of higher education, and hold positions in policy or service organizations.

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