Applied Gerontology Enhancement and Specialization

Volume 1: 2021.2022

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

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Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and is only available online.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The certificate in applied gerontology enhancement and specialization (AGES) is offered to those who currently work, have worked or will work in the field of gerontology and have attained a bachelor’s or master’s degree. This certificate will develop and enhance the managerial and administrative skills of the practitioner and provide students with the knowledge to effectively meet the needs of the aging population in a variety of career settings. 

Students enrolled in the MA degree program in gerontology are not eligible to receive the applied gerontology enhancement and specialization certificate.


The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in applied gerontology enhancement and specialization include the following courses:

  • GERN 5600 Economic Issues for Older Adults (3 hours)
  • GERN 5640 Management of Programs for Older Adults (3 hours)
  • GERN 5670 Social Science Perspectives in Gerontology (3 hours)
  • GERN 5690 Issues in Gerontology* (3 hours)

*GERN 5690 course topics vary


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119