The PhD in Social Work with a Dual-Title in Gerontology addresses the critical need for social work faculty and researchers trained in geriatrics who can promote evidence‐based practices and serve as role models for future generations of social workers specializing in the field. The program enhances student knowledge of the diversity of older adults in terms of race, culture, socioeconomic status, and psychosocial and physical health status, and the consequences aging in political, economic, and program administration contexts. The program promotes interdisciplinary collaboration as a key element of geriatric social work by providing comprehensive gerontological research, competencies and scholarly skills.


  • Dual-Title in Gerontology application deadline is December 18. Students start the following fall semester


Doctoral applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or its equivalent in upper-division coursework.


Dual-title students take the same coursework as other PhD students, with the following requirements:

  • Students select gerontology as their cognate and select 9 credits from a list of approved gerontology courses
  • Students select a gerontology-focused substantive exam and dissertation under the direction of a gerontology faculty member

Application information

Students should submit the required PhD program materials and include in their essay their reasons for pursuing a PhD Dual-Title in Gerontology. Apply Now

Applicants must submit official GRE scores taken within the last five years as part of their Social Work Doctoral Program application. Successful applicants have generally scored 147 on the quantitative reasoning and 153 on the verbal reasoning sections.


Elizabeth Kennedy
Doctoral Program Assistant

Poco Kernsmith, PhD
Doctoral Program Director