Gerontology Certificate

Purpose of the Program

The Certificate Program is a 12 credit multi-disciplinary program administered through the School of Social Work. The program is designed to prepare graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals to work in the field of aging in a variety of settings, integrating gerontology into the student's primary discipline. Adding the gerontology certificate to existing educational and/or work experience is likely to enhance an individual's career opportunities and options.

Read the university's gainful employment disclosure on this program.

Program Requirements

To earn the Graduate Gerontology Certificate, the student must successfully complete 12 credits of approved courses for the Certificate Program. Up to nine of the 12 credits may be applied to both the Certificate and the graduate degree, subject to approval of the relevant academic department and the graduate school. 


For admission into the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Meet Wayne State University Graduate School admission standards
  2. Hold a master's degree from an accredited educational institution or be actively pursuing a master's or doctoral degree at Wayne State University
  3. Have a combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale or have completed a graduate degree at Wayne State University

Program Goals

Completion of the program will develop and/or enhance knowledge in a number of areas to include:

  1. Psychological aspects of aging in the context of human development
  2. Aging in a political and economic context
  3. Health, biological and physiological aspects of aging
  4. Provisions of services to older persons in a variety of settings
  5. Communication with older persons
  6. Public policy and administration of programs for older adults.


Applications are accepted throughout the year and students may begin the program during any semester.


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All current Wayne State graduate students or Wayne State graduate alumni: For further information about the program, please contact:

Uma Sudarshan
Gerontology Certificate Program Advisor
School of Social Work, Wayne State University
5447 Woodward Avenue, Office 031
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-4409

Applicants who are not Wayne State University graduate students or WSU graduate alumni must submit an application for admission to the Graduate School before applying to this program.

            The following steps need to be followed to apply to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application Form online at
  • Request official transcripts from ALL previous colleges or universities attended  to be sent directly from the institutions to the WSU Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward
Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202  

For further information about the program including application material, please contact the Gerontology Certificate Program Advisor, Uma Sudarshan at GERO_CERT@LISTS.WAYNE.EDU or 313-577-4409 or Coordinator, Joy Ernst at

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