MA in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Gerontology

No longer admitting to emphasis area as of Fall 2021.

This online-only Master's program is designed to prepare professionals who are either working directly with older people or are involved in education and research related to the elderly. Professionals offering direct services often are involved in health promotion programs; directing intergenerational activities; managing senior centers or retirement communities; counseling older people and their families; and helping people plan for retirement.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
H_D_FS 7252Adult Development3
H_D_FS 7255Aging Policy3
H_D_FS 7256Environments and Aging3
H_D_FS 7257Aging and the Family3
H_D_FS 8251Perspectives in Gerontology3
H_D_FS 8253Physical Health in Aging3
H_D_FS 8254Gerontology Research Methods and Program Evaluation3
H_D_FS 8258Professional Seminar in Gerontology3
Comprehensive Exam or
H_D_FS 8972Internship in Human Development and Family Science1-99
Suggested Electives
H_D_FS 7259Mental Health and Aging3
H_D_FS 7260Women and Aging3
H_D_FS 7261Biological Principles of Aging3
or any advisor approved course

NOTE: Up to 6 credits can be transferred from other graduate programs if the courses are deemed relevant by your advisor.


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School website for the minimum qualifications for the degree program and the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.

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