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Gerontology Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging as a social, behavioral, and biological science, including the physical change and psychosocial aspects of aging. The reality of our aging society is resulting in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. There are many diverse opportunities for a career in the field of aging.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies examines the aging process, and looks at both health and disability among the elderly. As a student in the program, you take courses covering topics such as nutrition and exercise, aging and the older person, programs for older adults, and the psychosocial aspects of aging. You also participate in a service-learning experience in an agency on aging or in a long-term care facility.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies prepares you to work in adult healthcare facilities in such careers as:

  • Aging consultant 
  • Aging advocate 
  • Family support specialist 
  • Assisted living caregiver 
  • Resident care associate 
  • Elder care provider 
  • Personal care attendant 
  • Home care specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Gerontology core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Gerontology elective courses (6 credit hours) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  

        IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
        Cavanaugh Hall 147 
        425 University Boulevard 
        Indianapolis, IN 46202 
Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • SHRS-W 350Survey of Programs for Older Adults3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 370Psychosocial Aspects of Aging3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 375Physical Change & Aging3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 450Seminar in Gerontology3 Credits
  • SHRS-N 265Nutrition and Exercise3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 220Aging and the Older Person3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 410Service Learning in Geriatric 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74

Additional fees will apply.

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  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.