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Earn your Gerontology Certificate at Marylhurst

Marylhurst University campusThe undergraduate certificate in gerontology represents a unique and exciting approach to the multidisciplinary field of gerontology. The gerontology coursework takes a holistic approach to adult development and aging, recognizing the complex contexts in which individuals travel through life.

Students majoring in psychology, human studies and social science, as well as students in other undergraduate programs are welcome to complete the Gerentology Certificate which provides a highly relevant and useful enhancement to a variety of educational and professional endeavors.

You may earn and apply gerontology courses toward a stand-alone certificate if you already hold an undergraduate degree, or at the graduate level, as part of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Curriculum in the Gerontology Certificate Program

The certificate program is split into two main sections: the core and certificate electives:

Core Certificate Courses: 16 credits

  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Embodiment in Later Life
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
  • Social Systems in Later Life

Certificate Electives: 8 credits
Choose from a variety of gerontology and other relevant courses to earn your 8 credits:

  • Women’s Issues in Aging
  • Senior Power, Politics and Policy
  • Communication and Aging
  • Theorizing and Researching in Gerontology
  • Gerontology: Synthesis and Action

Ready to Start?

For certificate programs, you are able to apply to start four times a year: fall, winter, spring and summer. Admission requirements for certificates are similar to our degree admissions requirements. If you have any questions about this certificate, connect with our Office of Admissions by requesting more information or emailing

  • Regionally accredited university (NWCCU accredited)
  • Small classes with individual focus from our renowned faculty
  • Engaging courses with team-orientated projects and networking opportunities
  • Flexible options with diverse program focus areas
  • Many courses offered online, in the evenings or on the weekends
  • Transfer credit options and prior-learning assessment (earn credit for career/life experience)

Looking for Professional Development?

Maybe taking a series of college credit courses is not what you’re looking for.  Maybe you just want a workshop, a weekend class or seminar around career-related topics. Marylhurst’s Professional Development Center offers a variety of coursework that is not-for-credit (meaning you are not pursuing a degree) and designed to enhance you as a professional.

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