Graduate Admissions

Why the Gerontology Institute?

Due to the diversity of the older adult population, the job market in gerontology also is diverse. Older adults use many different types of services such as legal assistance, housing, health care, counseling, transportation, and many others. This diversity means that gerontologists are needed in a variety of professions. The graduates from our program work for local and state agencies, non-profit organizations, health and long-term care institutions, financial and legal firms, as well as private companies that develop products and services for older adults. Some students establish their own aging-related businesses.

Master of Arts

Apply for Admission

When applying to our graduate programs, you will be submitting all of the documentation to Office of Admissions; the Department does not gather any paperwork, so please do not send any documents to the department, as they will not be processed.

If you have any questions regarding your application when applying to one of our graduate programs. you may direct all questions to the Office of Admissions.

 Get Accepted

Nobody likes to wait, but unfortunately this is your next step. You will eventually be notified regarding your acceptance, but you can always check your application’s status online.

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If you are accepted by the department, you will need to accept the offer and then make plans to join us downtown. The department should be in contact with you with updates on the start of the semester and what you need to do next.

Applicants to the M.A. program are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The admissions committee reviews applications when they are received. April 15th is the application deadline for fall semester, and November 15th is the application deadline for spring semester. International students are advised to apply by March 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester to allow time for obtaining a visa. Application deadlines are also listed on our calendar.
In addition to completing all GSU application forms, submitting official transcripts, and paying the required application fee, applicants to the M.A. in Gerontology must provide the following items:

1. Three letters of recommendation.

2. A statement of educational and career goals.

3. A current resume.

Graduate Certificate

The Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences handles all applications for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Please go to the college website to Graduate Programs, to apply for admission online. Applicants should follow the instructions and have on hand the required information prior to accessing the online application.

For currently enrolled graduate students of GSU, please contact the Office of Graduate Services before applying. There are special circumstances surrounding the application process and fees.

Although July 1 is the application deadline for fall semester, and November 15 is the application deadline for spring semester, applicants to the graduate certificate program are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed by the admission committee as they are received.
In addition to completing all GSU application forms, submitting official transcripts, and paying the required application fee, applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology must provide the following items:

1. Two letters of recommendation.

2. A statement of educational and career goals.

3. A current resume.

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Master of Arts  

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Contact Office of Admissions

In-Person: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Map: Office of Graduate Services

Main Office Number: 404-413-2694

Email: grad@gsu.edu (general), OR gradapply@gsu.edu (applicant information)