The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014. People 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.*

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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.