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Students may apply for the Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG) or the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (GCG) through Graduate Admissions. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for consideration. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted under certain circumstances and should speak with the Program Director, Dr. Tom Meuser, before applying.

Students interested in our 15 credit Minor and/or our 18 credit Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies (UCGS) should speak with the Program Director, Dr. Meuser, directly. Currently enrolled undergraduate students in good standing apply directly through the Gerontology Program to pursue these credentials. Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above qualify. Addition of a new Minor or Undergraduate Certificate must be communicated to the Registrar via this FORM. See the Degree Options page for more details.

ROLLING ADMISSIONS - The Gerontology Program reviews new student applications on a rolling basis. This means that a prospective student can apply for admission for ANY upcoming semester: Fall, Winter-Spring or Summer. Applications usually take 6-10 weeks to process from start to finish. Those wishing to start in the Fall should allow at least 10 weeks, as this is the busiest period for admissions staff.

UMSL recently adopted a "quick admit" process for graduate programs only. Prospective students with strong credentials (typically an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher) who learn about the Gerontology Program late may still be considered for admission, even as close as one week before a term is to start. Talk with the Program Director, Dr. Meuser, to learn more.

PERSONAL STATEMENT - The on-line admissions form allows for a brief personal statement. Prospective applicants are encouraged to send a separate, more detailed statement directly to Dr. Meuser by email. This statement should address the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in studying Gerontology at UMSL?

2. What experience do you have in working with and/or relating to older adults to date?

3. What are your career goals in this field? What would you like to be doing in 3-5 years?

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Once you initiate the application, you will receive an email from Graduate Admissions with recommendation letter instructions. We utilize an electronic system for these letters; you will be prompted to provide names, email addresses, etc,  for your intended letter writers. 

Those who have taken college level classes in the last 7 years are encouraged to obtain letters from former instructors (at least two). Those coming back to the University after many years away may obtain letters from close professional associates. The letter writer must be able to speak about the prospective student's ability to succeed in graduate school (e.g., with respect to writing, research, teamwork, public speaking, quality of work product, consistency and dependability).

Questions? Contact Dr. Meuser at 314-516-5421 or by email.


"I would encourage a student who is interested in the program at UMSL to sit in the class before you make the decision.  If your heart really isn’t in the field, then it’s not the field for you.  You really have to have a calling or passion for this field to get involved in it."  Torrey Johnson, MSG  (2010 Graduate)