Volume 1: 2019.2020

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, and is only available online.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The certificate program in gerontology is designed to expand students' marketability and skills in their chosen profession by providing a broad educational base concerning factors related to the aging of individuals and society. The program was developed on the premise that students and professionals in a variety of disciplines and professions have the greatest potential to meet the pressing needs of the aged and our changing society, provided they are given the requisite training in the application of gerontological knowledge.

All certificate courses must be taken at Webster University. Students may pursue the certificate by itself or integrate their certificate studies with an MA degree program. Students enrolled in the MA degree program in gerontology are not eligible to receive the gerontology certificate.

The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements. View this program's Gainful Employment Disclosures at to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.


The 18 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in gerontology include the following courses:

  • GERN 5000 Gerontology (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • GERN 5600 Economic Issues for Older Adults (3 hours)
  • GERN 5620 Physiology of Aging (3 hours)
  • GERN 5630 Psychology of Aging (3 hours)
  • GERN 5640 Management of Programs for Older Adults (3 hours)
  • GERN 5670 Social Science Perspectives in Gerontology (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admissions materials to:

Webster University
Office of Admission
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119