Gerontology - Graduate Certificate

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus


The Gerontology graduate certificate is offered jointly offered with the University of Akron and offers basic preparation for students in their selected discipline while concurrently providing specialized training in gerontology. Coursework completed at either institution may be applied to the certificate. The certificate program is flexible; students can tailor the courses taken toward completion of the certificate to meet their unique professional interests.

The Gerontology certificate is based on the recommended standards of excellence established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The faculty at both Kent State University and the University of Akron are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in gerontology. Many are fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. Faculty are available to assist students with course selection, research projects and other matters of interest in the field of gerontology.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution1

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the graduate admission website.


Student must be matriculated in a graduate degree program or hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Students may be admitted with non-degree status, but they must complete a graduate degree prior to being awarded the certificate.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Disclosure statement for this certificate.

Graduate Certificates for the College of Education, Health and Human Services

  • Students seeking a graduate certificate must maintain a minimum 3.000 grade point average. A graduate certificate student who receives a combination of more than 8 credit hours of B or lower grades, or more than 4 credit hours of grades lower than C is subject to dismissal. Students who are unable to maintain academic standards of the College are subject to dismissal for academic reasons. Grades of C- or below are not counted toward completion of the certificate.
  • Certificates must be completed within six years after the first graduate enrollment.
  • No more than 2 credit hours of workshop may be used toward a certificate.
  • Before being eligible to be awarded a Certificate, students must be admitted to the Certificate program.
  • Students currently in a graduate degree program may also apply to a certificate program. Their degree seeking coursework may be applied to the certificate coursework with advisor approval. The courses must be completed within six years and satisfy certificate course requirements
  • Students who have a previous graduate degree and are not currently seeking another graduate degree may transfer a maximum 6 credit hours with advisor approval. These credits may include hours from another KSU program, or from another accredited institution, if the following conditions are met: (1) courses were at the graduate level; (2) a grade of "A" or "B" was earned; (3) credit will be less than six years old at the time the certificate is conferred at Kent; and (4) student was admitted as a graduate student at the time the course was taken.
  • Some program areas may be more restrictive. Students are advised to consult their program.

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements


Certificate Requirements
Gerontology Research Methods3
Gerontology Research or Practicum3
Gerontology Elective3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18

Meets the psychosocial requirement of the certificate. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Certificate GPA
  • Students declared in a doctoral degree should enroll in the doctoral level version of these courses, if offered.
  • A thesis or dissertation may be applied toward certificate requirements if it involves an aging-related topic. Students can also apply a practicum/internship course within their degree program as a capstone experience in the certificate program.
  • Minimum 12 credit hours must be at the 600 level (University of Akron), 60000 level (Kent State University) or above designation.
  • Maximum 3 credit hours is transferable from outside the university.