The purpose of the PhD in Social Work with a Dual-Title in Gerontology is to address 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. This program is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration as a key element of geriatric social work by providing comprehensive gerontological research, competencies and scholarly skills.


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 apply to the PhD program and indicate in their essay their reasons for pursuing a PhD dual title in gerontology.