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The Proposed Gerontology Master of Arts Degree at Youngstown State University. Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology 6/27/12. Program History. First aging related courses in Ohio 1957 Steering Committees 1978, 1996, 2006-present

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The proposed gerontology master of arts degree at youngstown state university

The Proposed Gerontology Master of Arts Degree at Youngstown State University

Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology

6/27/12


Program history
Program History

  • First aging related courses in Ohio 1957

  • Steering Committees 1978, 1996, 2006-present

  • Gerontology major 2008

  • Heavy state and national participation in aging 2000-present


Justification for a gerontology ma
Justification for a Gerontology MA

  • Growth of the Certificate in Applied Gerontology

  • Student Interest

  • University Interest

  • Community Interest

  • Demography of the United States




Ohio s age distribution
Ohio’s Age Distribution


Largest total populations of older adults 2025:

Sources: United States Census and http://proximityone.com/st003065.htm


Admissions criteria
Admissions Criteria

  • GPA

  • GRE

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Letter of intent

  • Optional interview

  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics course

  • 9 semester hours of aging related coursework


Proposed gerontology program
Proposed Gerontology Program

  • 36 credit Hours

  • Internship

  • Interdisciplinary in Nature

  • Applied

  • Designed to use existing areas of expertise at YSU

  • Different than existing MA programs in Ohio




Thesis vs non thesis track
Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Track

  • Students may choose to do a thesis (see above curriculum)

  • OR

  • Three additional semester hours in Field Practicum

  • AND

  • One additional elective for the non-thesis track. The non-thesis track is designed for those who are less likely to continue for a PhD.


Growth opportunities for ysu
Growth Opportunities for YSU

  • Marketing to new parts of Ohio and the United States

  • Expanded emphasis on research

  • National reputation

  • Growing field of inquiry

  • Building on Ohio reputation through our current research



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