More Americans are living longer than at any other time in history. Aging is a dynamic field of study where demographic and generational shifts are impacting all disciplines and demanding innovations in how we care for older adults - from Nursing to the Arts, from Architecture to Health Sciences.
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology (GCAG) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or conduct academic research in aging. The program focuses on the biological, psychological, social, policy, and ethical aspects of aging.
This graduate-level certificate is designed for two audiences:
Students wishing to earn a GCAG must complete the required 18 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. No student may complete all 18 credits within a single school or college. A maximum of half of the credits (9) may be double counted toward one's degree program.
The GCAG encourages students to link practice and research to improve the quality of life of older adults. Our nationally recognized faculty are dedicated to mentoring students in their chosen paths through the field; be it into academic research and publishing in the field of aging, or innovating practice methods in the care of older adults in the community.
Required Core Courses (6 credits)
Choice Core Courses (6 credits)
Students choose 6 credits from the following:
Electives (6 credits)
Each student works individually with the Certificate Coordinator to approve the selection of 6 credits from the remaining Choice Core classes and additional electives, which could include a "Practicum" in the student's home department or area of choice. Click here for the list of electives.
There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate program.
This certification program provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of the aging population in a wide range of careers. There are opportunities in nursing, teaching, service, administration, and research that focus on the needs and interests of older adults. These opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions. Click here for more information on Careers in Aging.
Center for Aging and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
2025 E. Newport Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Rachelle Alioto, MSW
Director of Education & Programming