The Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology (GCAP) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or academic research in aging.
Students wishing to earn a GCAP 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.
This graduate-level certificate is designed for two audiences:
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 cracking open all disciplines and demanding innovations in how we care for older adults - from Nursing to the Arts, from Architecture to Health Sciences. The GCAP is:
The GCAP 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.
1) Core Courses (6 credits)
2) Choice Core (6 credits)
Students must choose 6 credits from the following list:
3) Electives (6 credits)
Student will work 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.
Electives Revised May 2013
Specific information on 2013-14 elective courses is subject to change. Additional courses may also be available.
4) Integrative Portfolio
Students must complete an Integrative Portfolio as a final project under the guidance of the Certificate Coordinator and an assigned advisor. This Portfolio includes paper/materials from core courses and an introduction and reflective conclusion that integrates the key concepts from the interdisciplinary coursework and identifies potential impact on their future practice in research or aging services.
Those students who wish to earn the GCAP can be admitted for the certificate program as non-degree graduate students provided they posses a bachelor's or higher degree with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. Admission as a non-degree graduate student does not consistute admission to a master's degree program. Students may also pursue the certificate while enrolled in another graduate program or as a post-graduate student.
Students wishing to pursue the GCAP must submit a Graduate School application and a GCAP declaration form before completion of 6 credits in the certificate sequence. There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate program.
1) Meet the Certificate coordinator (Rhonda Montgomery; email@example.com) to discuss academic goals
2) Be accepted by UWM's Graduate School in order to apply. Visit the UWM Graduate School website for an online application
3) Apply for the certificate program by completing the Certificate in Applied Gerontology declaration form below or call 414.229.3289 to receive a copy by fax or email.
NOTE: Students are not admitted to the program until their declaration has been discussed with and approved by the GCAP coordinator.
Email your completed declaration to Dr. Rhonda Montgomery; firstname.lastname@example.org) or send to:
Rachelle Alioto, MSW
Director of Education & Programming
Center for Aging & Translational Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Learn more about Scholarships. For information about other forms of financial aid options and eligibility visit the UWM's Department of Financial Aid website or call 414.229.4541.
Download specific grievance policies and procedures for the Applied Gerontology Certificate Program.
The Helen Bader Studies in Aging Scholarship program is part of the University's mission of linking academic expertise to community innovation in aging services. Its primary goal has been to mitigate the financial barriers preventing students from studying Gerontology. Since 2004, over $500,000 in Helen Bader Scholarships for Studies in Aging has been awarded to students in a wide range of disciplines.
1. Demonstrate a 3.0 or higher GPA for two consecutive academic years at the undergraduate level or one year at the graduate level
2. Demonstrate a commitment to the field of gerontology
3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in community service, research, extracurricular, and/or other activities
4. Have the intention to complete the Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Gerontology at UW-Milwaukee
Scholarships are awarded each spring to part-time and full-time students who will be pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology the following fall. Past recipients have represented a wide range of disciplines, including Nursing, Health Sciences, Social Work, Architecture, and Non-Profit Management.
For information about other forms of financial aid options and eligibility visit the UWM's Department of Financial Aid website or call 414.229.4541.