The online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide graduate education in Gerontology for those who already have a graduate degree in another field or at minimum have a Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in working with the older adult population. 

The certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate level coursework in core and elective courses related to the study of aging and older adults. The program can be completed in 12 months.  You may begin the Certificate coursework in either Fall or Spring. This 15-semester-hour distance education Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is an online program.  

Students Earning The Gerontology Certificate Will:

  • Investigate the impact of generational differences on their ability to serve and assist older adults
  • Develop or enhance a mindset that allows for greater comprehension of life circumstances older adults experience
  • Develop an awareness of the growing professional opportunities to serve a rapidly growing segment of the population
  • Reflect upon and prepare for one’s own successful aging

For more information about Gerontology studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, please visit the Gerontology Department’s website: