Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Applied Aging Sciences, M.S.

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences  
Department: School of Aging Studies 

This Major shares a core with the Gerontology, M.A.  


The M.S. in Applied Aging Sciences familiarizes students with important questions and challenges relevant to older Americans, providing applied, interdisciplinary approaches and solutions. The program trains students to recognize that there are multiple perspectives on virtually all issues that confront individuals working in the field of aging, and to gain key skills in multidisciplinary gerontology. Graduates of the program possess the education and training necessary to staff, consult with, and lead the expansion of institutional and community-based programs, government agencies, and private sector initiatives that serve older adults in Florida, the nation, and the world.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The GRE examination is optional for applicants who either have a 3.25 or higher GPA for all work completed as an undergraduate student, a 3.50 or higher in a completed master’s degree program, or a completed doctoral degree (including professional degrees such as the JD and MD), all from an accredited institution.
  • For students submitting a GRE score, a preferred GRE score of at least 149V (41st percentile), 142Q (16th percentile), 3.5 A.W.
  • Statement of Purpose in pursuing a M.S. in Applied Aging Sciences
  • Current Resume
  • Two (2) letters of references

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Courses - 9 Credit hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit Hours
  • Capstone - 3 Credit Hours


Shared Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Electives (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

The remaining hours of coursework beyond the required Core coursework and Capstone class must be selected from other graduate courses in gerontology. The following courses are suggested for the following areas of interest:

Capstone Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

The Capstone may include an internship, portfolio, or project, selected in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Following completion of the necessary coursework, students enroll in GEY 6910 , and complete a capstone applied research project designed to integrate key knowledge, concepts, and information in the field of gerontology. This course is pass/fail and must be taken and passed by all students in the M.S. major to meet requirements for the degree.

Internship (3 Credit Hours)

Internships are available for students local to USF who need practical experience in the field of aging. Please consult with the Program Director at least one semester before intended enrollment in an internship. 

Comprehensive Exam

Students complete the Capstone requirement in lieu of a comprehensive exam.