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Postgraduate Certificate Gerontology

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program at Portland State University is unique in its inclusion of courses from various disciplines such as urban studies and planning, public policy, social work, psychology, and sociology.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Blended / Online

Through coursework (completely or mostly online) and an 80-hour internship, students will learn how and why we age and the implications of the “demographic transition.” Our talented faculty helps students find ways to optimize the aging proces, plan for one’s own aging, create age-friendly communities, and recognize and reduce ageism, stigma, and negative stereotypes.

You will emerge from this program understanding the purpose, strengths, and challenges of programs and services for improving the quality of life for older people and their families, and also know ways to recognize, value, and utilize the resources older adults represent. Our alumni go on to work with and on behalf of older adults in a wide range of private, government, and non-profit sectors.

What can I do with an online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Portland State University?

Employment possibilities in the field of aging services are vast, and there are myriad opportunities for entrepreneurship in this field that are yet to be discovered. They include positions at international, federal, state, and local levels of governments, as well as positions in non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Our faculty are global leaders on the cutting edge of social science research on aging, including best practices in housing and long-term care, planning for age-friendly communities, behavior health, aging services, workforce development, work-life issues and family caregiving. Gero certificate alumni survey; link to and describe Careers in Aging (AGHE)


Courses Included

  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Perspectives on Aging
  • Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • Sociology of Aging