Department of Applied Gerontology

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 273
P.O. Box 310919
Denton, TX 76203-0919
(940) 565-2765
Web site: www.unt.edu/pais/grad/ager

Student Advising Office
Chilton Hall, 273C
(940) 565-3449

Richard A. Lusky, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Eve, Harding, Ingman, Lusky, Turner.

The Department of Applied Gerontology offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

The primary objective of the degree programs is to provide preparation for professionals in the field of gerontology. Programs prepare students to be administrators of long-term care and retirement facilities, home health care agencies and therapeutic day care centers; to participate in the planning, coordination and administration of public and private programs in gerontology; and to hold aging-related positions in business and industry.

University library holdings in gerontology are extensive as a result of systematic acquisitions beginning in the early 1960s. In addition, the nationally recognized Gerontological Film Collection, available through the Media Library, holds more than 400 titles.

Opportunities for research assistantships for qualified graduate students are available.

Students in other fields may minor in applied gerontology at the master's or doctoral level.

Research

Research at the Department of Applied Gerontology is concerned with various social, psychological and policy aspects of aging. Faculty members currently are investigating accessibility of the health care delivery system for adults and older adults, effects of sale of family home and possession loss on elderly women and adult daughters, images of aging in film and literature, ethical issues in geriatric service delivery, sustainable senior communities, senior reengagement and volunteerism, aging and developmental disabilities, mediation and conflict resolution, and use of total quality management and self-managed work teams in long-term care facilities.

Major funding sources for these research investigations include the Environmental Protection Agency, the Retirement Research Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Department of Health.

Degree Programs

The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must meet all general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. GPA requirements are described in the Admission section of this catalog. Application also must be made to the Department of Applied Gerontology. A satisfactory score on the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted.

No specific undergraduate major is required. However, 3 hours of social gerontology are a prerequisite for all master's degree candidates, and 6 hours of undergraduate accounting (ACCT 2020 and 2030, or equivalent) are prerequisites for degree candidates majoring in administration of long-term care and retirement facilities. These prerequisites may be taken concurrently with courses applying to the master's degree.

General Degree Requirements

All majors require completion of 45 graduate hours. Students must complete a capstone course, Proseminar on Applications in Practice, for 3 hours credit. One of the requirements of this course is the production of a major written project.

Only 6 hours of course work at the 4000 level are permitted.

Master's degree candidates must pass an oral comprehensive examination.

Candidates for the MA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (normally French, German or Spanish). See the "Foreign Language Requirement" heading in the Master's Degree Requirements section of this catalog for further details.

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Administration of Long-Term Care and Retirement Facilities

Required courses: AGER 5300, 5400, 5600, 5710, 5740, 5780, 5810, 5820, 5840, 5850, 5860 and 5940.

Minor in business administration (required): ACCT 5130, BLAW 5050 or 5600, MGMT 5070.

Requests for course substitutions are considered on an individual basis and may be approved if warranted by the student's academic background and/or professional experience. Students earn 6 hours of credit by completing a required 1,000-clock-hour supervised internship in a licensed long-term care facility. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals.

Licensed long-term care administrators may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Administration of Aging Organizations

Required courses: AGER 5560, 5710, 5740, 5770, 5780, 5790, 5830, 5840, 5860 and 5940. Other AGER courses totaling at least 15 semester hours will be selected in consultation with the student's adviser.

Students earn 3 hours of credit by completing a required 500-clock-hour supervised internship in an appropriate facility serving the elderly. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals.

Students with extensive practitioner experience may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Applied Gerontology

Required courses: AGER 5500, 5560, 5600, 5710, 5780, 5840, 5860, 5880, 5940 and 6150.

Students earn 3 hours of credit by completing a required 500-clock-hour supervised internship in an appropriate facility serving the elderly. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals.

Students with extensive practitioner experience may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.

Minor (optional): Students majoring in applied gerontology may choose 6 to 12 semester hours in a minor field such as business administration, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation studies, health promotion, recreation or other areas of special interest. Other AGER courses totaling 3 to 9 hours will be selected in consultation with the student's adviser.

Minor in Applied Gerontology

Students in other fields may choose applied gerontology for a minor. AGER 5700, 5710, 5780 and 5860 are required for minor students, with additional courses to be chosen in consultation between the student and minor professor.

Other Advanced Study

The department offers an 18-hour Specialist Certificate in Aging, and conducts summer and winter institutes primarily for people employed in the field of aging. Students enrolled in the regular program may enroll for a maximum of 6 hours in these institutes.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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