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--Advancing the well-being of our aging society

Societies around the world struggle to address aging. According to the U.S. Census, 2035 will mark the first time older adults will outnumber children, while an estimated 5.6 million Americans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  The demand has never been stronger for professionals specializing in aging across a wide range of disciplines, including social services and recreation, business development and product design, and health and long-term care. 

The MS in Aging provides students with advanced interdisciplinary knowledge for improving the well-being of older persons, in the context of their diverse families and communities. The program addresses the multidimensional aging process, the needs of aging populations, and encourages community collaborations that are both beneficial and sustainable to improve overall well being.

Students in the MS for Aging can choose one of four areas to focus in: Long Term Care Administration, Aging Services and Case Management, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Key program areas of emphasis

  • Apply gerontological frameworks to examine biological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of aging that increase our understanding of stability, longevity, and inequality in later life.
  • Design and implement evidence-based programs, techniques, and strategies to promote older persons’ strengths and adaptations to maximize health and well-being that foster aging in place.
  • Cultivate an integrated perspective on aging through collaboration with older adults, families, providers, employers, and other stakeholders.

The MS program in aging is aligned with ASU's charter and design aspirations in assuming responsibility for the overall health of communities by educating students to become experts in the field of aging. This is achieved by fusing intellectual disciplines together to address the diverse needs of our rapidly aging population; transforming society by being socially embedded with partners in the aging network of health and wellness and social services; and networking with entrepreneurs developing senior-related business ventures.

The program provides students with advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge that focuses on improving the well-being of older adults within the context of their diverse families and communities. The curriculum is competency-based according to Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education competencies for graduate education. The curriculum addresses the multidimensional aging process, the needs of aging populations and their potential contributions to society; reflects national health initiatives; and encourages community collaborations that are reciprocal, beneficial and sustainable to improve health outcomes of older adults.

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Aging, MS

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Fall Priority Deadline: July 1
Spring Priority Deadline: November 1

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

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  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three letters of recommendation
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  5. letter of intent or written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

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