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Oklahoma State University

Gerontology – Master of Science

This program is offered on the Stillwater Campus only.

Information on the online MS degree in Gerontology through GP-IDEA is available at:


Graduates of the M.S. specialization in Gerontology provide leadership in Gerontology programs or agencies or pursue doctoral studies. Graduates (a) demonstrate an ability to describe, discuss, and integrate theory, research, and application to address key issues associated with risk and resilience in adulthood, during late and very late life, and among intergenerational family ties (b) establish a solid theoretical foundation in both the interdisciplinary field of Gerontology as well as the broader field of Human Development and Family Science, and (c) gain knowledge relevant to professional issues in Gerontology.

Degree Requirements

Students may decide to complete a 33-hour thesis plan or a 33-hour non-thesis option. Coursework includes:

Gerontology (15 hours)

  • HDFS 5423: Research Perspectives in Gerontology
  • HDFS 5433: Theories of Aging
  • HDFS 5493: Aging and Families
  • HDFS 5413: Adult Development and Aging
  • HDFS 5483: Aging Networks Seminar

Human Development and Family Science (6 hours)

  • HDFS 5213: Lifespan Development
  • HDFS 5513: Issues in Family Science

Research Methods and Statistics (6 hours)

  • HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • HDFS 5133: Research Methods and Design in HDFS

Thesis/Non-Thesis Hours (6 hours)

  • HDFS 5000: Thesis Option (6 hours)
  • HDFS 5110: Directed Study in HDFS (6 hours)