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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 specialize 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.

Program Offered

Aging, MS

Offered by
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Downtown, Online

Plan of Study

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Application Deadline

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

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (15 credit hours)
HCA 501 Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (3)
HCA 502 Research and Program Evaluation Issues in Aging (3)
HCA 503 Diversity in Aging (3)
HCA 504 Caregiving Issues for Families and Professionals (3)
HCA 505 Interdisciplinary and Community Collaboration in Aging (3)

Track (6 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Other Requirements (3 credit hours)
HCA 509 Interventions to Support Aging in Place (3) or
HCA 510 Innovations in Program Development and Policy (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
HCA 593 Applied Project (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students choose a track for a total of six credit hours:

  • aging services and case management
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • long-term care administration
  • palliative and end of life care

The program also requires nine credit hours of electives to support the track and career interests. Students should see the academic unit for the current approved elective list. Other courses may be used with approval of the academic unit.

For other requirement coursework, students select either HCA 509 or HCA 510.

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