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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Aging Studies

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/agingstudies.html

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; Dept of Sociology & Corrections: Aging Studies
113 Armstrong Hall
507-389-5188

 

The program, in cooperation with the Center on Aging, coordinates the delivery of the curriculum in human aging and facilitates activities of education, research and service which create, disseminate and apply knowledge about aging. The primary purpose of the graduate curriculum in aging is to provide a knowledge base in aging studies which, when combined with professional knowledge and skills, prepares the student for practice in the aging network. The program offers both general and administrative tracks of study at the graduate level. In addition to the Master of Science in Aging Studies, Minnesota State also offers a Graduate Certificate of Study in Aging Studies and specialized coursework leading to original licensure as a nursing home administrator in Minnesota. The University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Program Application Requirements


All applicants must submit the following documents directly to the Aging Studies Program.
1. Three unique letters of reference. Duplicate references (the same reference with a different referrer’s name) will lead to an automatic rejection of the application. References must be from academic or professional sources – no personal references will be accepted. Academic references may include course instructors, faculty mentors of research projects, academic internship supervisors, or faculty advisors. Professional references may include employment, non-academic internship, or volunteer experience supervisors.
2. An academic writing sample (2000-3000 words, in English).
3. A Personal Statement (500-1000 words, in English) on why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree in Aging Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and what career path they have in mind for its use.

Other Admission requirements
Priority review of applications for graduate degrees and certificates in the Aging Studies Program will be provided for those received prior to the following dates each semester: July 15 for Fall term, November 15 for Spring term, and March 15 for Summer term. Full admission requires a baccalaureate degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The GRE is not required.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships and special funding opportunities in Aging Studies may be periodically available. In addition, a Rose M. Hull Scholarship recipient is selected through competitive applications each March. Contact the program director for current information relating to graduate or research assistantships and other funding opportunities.

One-half of the total credits for the degree must be 600 level credits (excluding the thesis or alternate plan paper credits). A minimum of 24 credits of age-related courses are required under either plan. Within these 24 credits, a maximum of six credits of internship and either four credits of thesis or two credits of alternate paper research may be included.

Aging Studies MS

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits; Alternate Plan Paper - 34 credits)

 Common Core

Social - Psychological
Choose 3 credit(s):

  • ANTH 536  *Anthropology of Aging (3)
  • PSYC 566  Psychology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 504    Sociology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 505    Sociology of Death (3)  

 Bio Medical
Choose 3 credit(s):

  • ANTH 521  Health, Culture and Disease (3)
  • BIOL 517   *Biology of Aging and Chronic Diseases (3)
  • HLTH 555  Health and Aging (3) 

 Elective Policy / Applied Theory
Choose 3 credit(s):

  • GERO 550  Innovations in Aging Policy (3)
  • GERO 585  Topics in Gerontology (1-3)
  • GERO 603  Transformative Leadership in Aging (3)
  • SOWK 519  Social Work and Aging (3) 

Required Electives
Choose 8-14 credit(s):
Note: SOC 517 is also listed as CORR 517

  • FCS 574    Residential Management for Families and Special Needs (3)
  • GERO 580 Nursing Home Administration (3)
  • GERO 601 Current Health Issues in Aging (3)
  • GERO 677 Individual Study (1-4)
  • HLTH 541  Death Education (3)
  • RPLS 582 Leisure and Older Adults (3)
  • SOC 517   Program Administration (3)
  • SOC 566   Program Planning (3)

Required Thesis or APP Credits
Choose 1-6 credit(s):

  • GERO 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2); or,
  • GERO 699 Thesis (3)

 Required Core
Choose 12 credit(s):
A 600 level research course fom any department (3 credits) is required. Six (6) credits of internship are required.

  • GERO 600 Gerontology Theory and Practice (3)
  • GERO 697 Internship (1-6)

* - Course has prerequisite courses

 

Aging Studies MS

Management of Aging Services Emphasis

(Thesis Plan – 33 credits, Alternate Plan Paper - 35 credits)

Required Core Courses

Aging Core: Choose one course from each of the following areas.

Social-Psychological

  • ANTH 536  Anthropology of Aging
  • PSYC 566  Psychology of Aging
  • SOC 504    Sociology of Aging

Bio-medical

  • BIOL 517  Biology of Aging
  • HLTH 555 Health and Aging

Policy/Applied Theory

  • GERO 585  Topics in Gerontology: Public Policy and Aging
  • SOWK 519 Social Work and Aging
  • GERO 601  Seminar in Gerontology

Gerontology Core:

  • GERO 600 Gerontology: Theory and Practice
  • GERO 697 Internship (6)

Sociology Core:

  • SOC 517  Program Administration (3)
  • SOC 566  Program Planning (3)
  • SOC 607  Program Evaluation (3)
  • SOC 605  Seminar: Social Research (3)

Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • GERO 694 Alternate Plan Paper* (2); OR
  • GERO 699 Thesis (3)

*Students completing an APP program must complete an additional 3 credits
of electives.

Approved electives:

  • FCS 574     Residential Management for Families & Special Needs People (3)
  • GERO 580  Nursing Home Admin (3)
  • GERO 677  Individual Study (1-4)
  • RPLS 582   Leisure Needs of the Aging (3)
  • SOC 505    Sociology of Death (3) or HLTH 541 Death Education (3)
  • or any course not taken to fulfill one of the required categories.

TOTAL: 33 credits (Thesis); 35 credits (Alternate Plan Paper)
 

Aging Studies MS

Management of Health Services Emphasis

(Thesis Plan – 34 credits, Alternate Plan Paper - 37 credits)

Required Courses

Aging Core:
Choose one course from each of the following areas.

Social-Psychological

  • ANTH 536  Anthropology of Aging
  • PSYC 566  Psychology of Aging
  • SOC 504    Sociology of Aging

Bio-medical

  • BIOL  517  Biology of Aging
  • HLTH 555  Health and Aging

Policy/Applied Theory

  • GERO 585  Topics in Gerontology: Public Policy and Aging
  • SOWK 519 Social Work and Aging
  • GERO 601  Seminar in Gerontology

Gerontology Core:

  • GERO 600 Gerontology: Theory and Practice (3)
  • GERO 697 Internship (6)

Health Sciences Core:

  • HLTH 580 Community and Program Development for Health (4)
  • HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health (3)
  • HLTH 659 Health Administration (3)
  • HLTH 668 Grant Proposal Writing for Health Professionals (3)

Students completing an APP program must complete an additional three (3)
credits of electives.

Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • GERO 694 Alternate Plan Paper (2); or,
  • GERO 699 Thesis (3)

Approved electives:

  • FCS 574    Residential Management for Families & Special Needs People (3)
  • GERO 580 Nursing Home Admin (3)
  • GERO 677 Individual Study (1-4)
  • RPLS 582 Leisure Needs of the Aging (3)
  • SOC 505   Sociology of Death (3) or HLTH 541 Death Education (3)
  • Or any course not taken to fulfill one of the required categories.

TOTAL: 34 (Thesis) 37 (APP)

 

Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

The Certificate of Study in Aging Studies is granted upon completion of 15 credits of coursework in Aging Studies and related courses. The Certificate program includes 5 specific courses that are designed to build and enhance skills in the areas of leadership, program administration and policy development. The goal of this certificate is to develop transformational leaders that can become a force for positive social change related to aging within their communities and organizations. This program is fully online and is designed to support the ability of working professionals to meet their educational goals without disrupting their careers. Admission to the Certificate program requires formal application to the Aging Studies. The Director of the Aging Studies serves as the academic advisor for students pursuing this certificate.

 Common Core

  • GERO 550  New Directions in Aging Policy (3)
  • GERO 600  Gerontology Theory and Practice (3)
  • GERO 603  Leadership and Transformation in Aging (3)
  • SOC 517     Program Administration (3)
  • SOC 566     Program Planning (3)

Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration provides multidisciplinary perspectives and coursework which culminates in a professional practicum experience. Students engaging with this certificate typically expect to enter careers in long-term care administration in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities. Most students will also take both the Minnesota and federal nursing home administrator license exams once all coursework is completed.

Organizational Management Core
(Choose 3 credits)

HLTH 659 Health Administration (3)

Managerial Accounting Core
(Choose 2 credits)

  • MBA 630  Accounting for Managers (2)

 Gerontology Core
(Choose 3 credits)

  • GERO 600 Gerontology Theory and Practice (3)
  • SOC 504    Sociology of Aging (3)

Health Care and Medical Needs Core
(Choose 3 credits)
 

  • HLTH 555  Health and Aging (3) 

Nursing Facility Services Core
(Choose 3 credits)

  • GERO 580 Nursing Home Administration (3)

Human Resources Core
(Choose 3 credits)

  • MBA 642 Management of Human Resources (2)
  • POL 662 Seminar:  Human Resources Management (3)

Practicum Experience
(Choose 6 credits)
 

GERO 698 NHA Practicum (1-6)

 

Course Descriptions

GERO 580 (3) Nursing Home Administration

Issues and trends, programs and services, funding mechanisms and regulations. Meets state educational requirements for specific content areas.

GERO 585 (1-3) Topics in Gerontology

Topics vary as announced in class schedule. May be retaken for credit if topic is different.

GERO 590 (1-3) Workshop

Workshop topics vary as announced in class schedule. May be retaken for credit.

GERO 600 (3) Gerontology Theory and Practice

This course will provide students with an integrated knowledge of theory and practice in gerontology and examine the challenges involved in studying and providing services to the elderly, as well as ethical and advocacy-related issues in an aging society.

GERO 601 (3) Current Health Issues in Aging

Topic varies with offering. May be taken more than once.

GERO 603 (3) Transformational Leadership in Aging

This course will focus upon the critical examination of leadership in the context of organizations serving older populations. The course will include exploration of decisions, processes and ideas exhibited by transformational leaders in aging in the US and globally.

GERO 677 (1-4) Individual Study

Prerequisite: consent

GERO 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Prerequisite: consent

GERO 697 (1-6) Internship

Prerequisite: by application and consent

GERO 698 (1-6) Practicum: Nursing Home Administration

For students following the program of study for nursing home administration

Prerequisite: by application and consent

GERO 699 (1-3) Thesis

Prerequisite: consent