Gerontology (MA)

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education predicts that, by the middle of the 21st century, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65, and there will be 15 to 18 million persons over the age of 85.

This means that the next few decades will see a growing need for individuals with training in the field of aging and the aged. And because gerontology is a relatively new field, individuals entering the field today are pioneers in many ways; most gerontology students go on to create their own positions or businesses within the field as career opportunities continue to expand.

The Master of Arts in Gerontology at Webster is a fully-online program with curriculum designed for the field's growth and need for innovation. It provides a broad educational base in the field of aging and the aged, preparing students for a wide range of careers in a variety of sectors. The applied gerontology core courses, as well as the program electives, are concerned with maximizing the applied and theoretical bases necessary for a successful career in gerontology. The courses in this program draw upon a variety of disciplines such as the behavioral and social sciences, management, political science, and the natural sciences. This interdisciplinary perspective reflects the complexity of the environments within which individuals live and age. Given this complexity, our graduates often seek additional licensure and certification to specialize their work in a particular area based on the requirements of their employer and/or state of residency.

In addition to the online Master of Arts in Gerontology, Webster University offers a graduate certificate in gerontology and an MBA with an Emphasis in Gerontology.

For more information on the Gerontology program, explore the degree in the graduate catalog.

Program Directors

Eric Goedereis
Eric Goedereis
Assistant Professor
Webster Hall 304


Gary Kannenberg
Gary Kannenberg
Webster Hall 304

Program Representative

Tanya Seale
Tanya Seale

Webster Hall 320
Ph: (314) 968-6970
F: (314) 246-6094


Program Advisor

                                                       Paula Aguilar
                                                   Academic Advisor
                                               Garden Park Plaza 142