Our certificate program offers an 18 credit, six course curriculum, which covers the major areas of Gerontology. These six areas provide professionals already working in the fields of human services, health care, long term care, senior housing, or any other area in which older adults are served, the opportunity to augment and/or enhance their expertise about aging. The professional with this expertise will be better equipped to work with the broad range of interdependent issues that older adults experience, as well as allow for advancement in a career in which aging is a focus.
DJHS accepts applications to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs from any person who possesses, or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies.
- Complete online application form.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree.
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better; or a total score of 950 or higher on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years, or other similar measures.
- Please briefly tell us (300 word minimum) why you are interested in the program to which you are applying for, as well as your professional goals, your assessment of your abilities to manage the challenges of graduate and/or certificate work, and any other information you would like to provide. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized and succinct manner.
- One academic or professional letter of recommendation.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- TOEFL score (if applicable)
- An interview may be required for admission to the program.
Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit NACES.
International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our International Students Page.
Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. Up to six graduate credits may be transferred into this program. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.A. in Gerontology program.
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