Application Deadlines Fall 2020
Combat Ageism and Fight for Social Justice
As Americans continue to live longer and healthier lives, it is vital that we find innovative solutions to ensure prosperity and aging. Aging is a dynamic process that fosters new skills and understanding that we can share with our communities. Increasingly, the conversation focuses on creating effective practices and policies to support older adults, combat ageism and promote social justice.
Our interdisciplinary program looks comprehensively at aging—a demographically inevitable process—and prepares students for emerging careers by shifting the conversation surrounding aging populations. Georgetown University’s new Master’s in Aging and Health Program goes beyond geriatrics to the study of aging well in today’s society. We are training the next generation of leaders in the field of aging. Through multidisciplinary training in theory, economics, policy and the human experience of aging; the Aging and Health program examines how society can construct a healthier understanding of aging and build a more age-integrated society.
Who Should Apply?
Master’s in Aging and Health Program students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. What unites them is their commitment to solving the pressing issues associated with an aging population. This degree is open to all backgrounds: recent college graduates in any major who are interested in working with older adults; as well as mid-career students who seek professional advancement or a shift in career track.
The expected timeline for full-time students pursuing the degree is 11 months. Classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, allowing part-time students to participate fully. Some online and hybrid format courses are available.
Students will receive:
- A thorough, scientifically grounded, training in theory, policy and research in gerontology
- Hands-on experience through an individualized and supervised field internship (domestic or abroad)
- Opportunities to interact with professionals in the field of aging through research experiences and informal mentoring
In my previous role at AARP Foundation, I remember a call that came through our Housing Solutions Center from a 92-old widower who was at risk of losing his home to foreclosure. He had exhausted all financial resources in order to help his wife’s battle with cancer. When she passed away, he was on the verge of becoming homeless. There are limited options for people as they age and with limited income. My passion for aging is to influence interventions earlier in life that support the wealth and well-being of people so that they may live their best lives and not fear for the future.
– Vivian Vasallo, Master’s in Aging and Health Degree Candidate
News and Useful Links
There’s a New Type of Senior on College Campuses
November 20th, 2019
Andrew Carle, an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University on aging and health issues speaks about “university-based retirement communities.”
LCS Foundation Gives $100,000 to Georgetown University’s Aging Program in Senior Living Administration
November 20th, 2019
The LCS Foundation, a Des Moines based not-for-profit organization, established a $100,000 endowment at Georgetown University to support the university’s recently inaugurated concentration in senior living administration
I’m thrilled to be a grandmother. Just don’t call me granny.
July 21st, 2019
Ann Oldenberg, Assistant Director of the journalism program at Georgetown University and a candidate of Georgetown’s Aging & Health master’s degree program writes about her thoughts on being called a “granny”
Preparing for Work in the Aging Economy
September 10th, 2018
As college classes resume this fall, Georgetown University will welcome its inaugural class of students in a brand new degree: a Master’s of Science in Health and Aging. “The longevity market is a really exciting space with a great need for trained, educated professionals,” said professor Pamela A. Saunders, Program Director of the new GU program.
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