Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG)
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This is an exciting time for gerontology education at UMSL! Our distinguished, multidisciplinary faculty serve a diverse, committed student body. We care about older adults and their important perspectives and needs! Plus, with our programmatic home in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology & Gender (SGG) and broad-based support from the University Community at large, the Gerontology Program couldn't be better positioned for the opportunities of educating the gerontology work force of the 21st Century!

Founded in 1981, the Gerontology Program is one of the most mature and well-established graduate programs of its kind in the U.S. today. UMSL Gerontology graduates are involved in all aspects of aging-related professional practice in St. Louis and beyond, shaping positive attitudes and building meaningful structures for care and support of older adults. Today, the experience of advancing age is at least as diverse as any other phase of life, and arguably more so. The UMSL Gerontology Program embraces this diversity and makes sense of it for our students, while also grounding them in core values and competencies that define them as "UMSL Gerontologists."

We have degree options to fit just about any learning need or career goal in aging, including direct service, program coordination, and research. Our graduates work for major employers in St. Louis and elsewhere, including the Alzheimer's Association, Lutheran Senior Services, Alexian Brothers, the Mid East Area Agency on Aging, Washington University School of Medicine, etc.

Openness and collaboration are keys to our Program's success. While small relative to other degree programs at UMSL, the Gerontology Program holds a unique position in education and outreach that defies disciplinary boundaries. We all need to know about health, function and success in aging - if not professionally, then certainly for ourselves and family members. My vision for UMSL Gerontology is simple, that we are the preeminent source for academic and professional training in gerontology for our City and Region!

The Gerontology Program is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and our curriculum complies with all current AGHE standards. Students can tailor their courses and practicum learning experiences for a variety of careers in aging. Our graduates are employed in government, not-for-profit and for-profit settings across the St. Louis area and beyond (view Careers in Aging Guide). While most choose to end their education with the Masters Degree, study on the doctoral level is a growing area of interest and opportunity. Two of our 2016 graduates are now pursuing PhD degrees in psychology with an emphasis on aging!

Are you interested in possibly studying Gerontology at the Masters, Graduate Certificate, Minor or Undergraduate Certificate level with us? If so, my door is open to you! Feel free to give me a call (314-516-5421) or drop me an email (

Thomas M. Meuser, Ph.D.                     VIEW Overview Video
Clinical Psychologist
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Director, Gerontology Program
Coordinator, UMSL Life Review Project                   
University of Missouri - St. Louis

574A Clark Hall (north campus)          VIEW Gainful Employment Statement
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121