Program Description

The MS in Gerontology is a 48-unit program which emphasizes a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial-spiritual study of aging and aging processes. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills required to enhance and support the lives of older adults and their families in the community and geriatric practice settings.

Students exploring this degree are encouraged to consider a dual degree with the School of Behavioral Health’s MSW Program to maximize their career options.

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Program Length

2 years

Possible Careers

Gerontologists may be employed in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities, either working directly with older adults or in administrative roles overseeing proper care procedures. Many gerontologists work in the areas of advocacy or as consultants and/or directors for community programs and senior centers. Teaching and research are also career options.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Winter of 2021 Oct 16, 2020 Dec 1, 2020
Summer of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Nov 15, 2020 Jan 15, 2021
Autumn of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Nov 15, 2020 Feb 15, 2021

Admissions Requirements

  1. A four-year baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants must submit a completed application, including a personal statement; application fee; all college and/or university transcripts; and at least three letters of recommendation—preferably one of which is from an academic source and one from a work supervisor.
  3. Applicants must meet the minimum academic and professional compatibility criteria established by the program. These criteria include:
    • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with lower grade point averages will be considered if the last 45-quarter credits (30 semester units) of non-field practica coursework shows significant improvement or if they have additional attributes that demonstrate preparedness and an appropriate fit for graduate education in the area of Gerontology. Work and volunteer experiences must be verified by employer/supervisor statements on official agency stationery. Further consideration will also be given to individuals who provide evidence of additional graduate coursework, certifications, and/or training that illustrate preliminary preparation for a career in Gerontology. Students who are admitted to the Gerontology Program with a cumulative G.P.A. below 3.0 may be required to participate in individualized academic assessment and a targeted learning assistance program.
    • Demonstration, through the application and interview processes, of compatibility with professional standards set by the program including the ability to develop and nurture interpersonal relationships, communication skills, self-awareness, professional comportment, critical thinking skills, fit with the mission and values of Loma Linda University and the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, and the capacity to successfully complete the Master of Science in Gerontology curriculum.


The MS in Gerontology degree curriculum is built on a liberal arts perspective. Individual applicants whose undergraduate degree does not reflect this perspective may be asked to enroll in additional courses.

Please note: Any prerequisite requirements must be completed before admission to the MSW degree program.

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2020-2021

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $17,745 $16,600
Fees $2,700 $3,975
Books & Supplies $797 $1,025
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $21,242 $21,600


Expected costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 9
Room & Board $12,645 $11,655
Transportation $2,880 $2,880
Personal Expenses $2,070 $2,070


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.