VIEW an interview with the Program Director about the program and application process.

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 8+ weeks to process from start to finish, so time your application accordingly. Those wishing to start in the Fall should allow even more time, as this is the busiest period for the Graduate Admissions staff.

Applications are submitted through Graduate Admissions. Most should apply before the official deadline listed for each semester. Late applicants can often be accomodated, especially those with strong credentials for admission. All prospective students are encouraged to speak with the Program Director, Dr. Tom Meuser, by telephone (314-516-5421) or email ( before or during the application process.  

The on-line admissions form allows for a brief personal statment. 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 letters of recommendation are required. Once you initiate your application, you will receive an email from Graduate Admissions ~5 days later with recommendation letter instructions. We utilize an electronic system for these letters, now, and you will be prompted to provide names, email addresses, etc,  for your intended letter writers. 

Those who have taken collge level classes in the last 7 years are encouraged to obtain letters from former instructors. 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 to the prospective student's ability to succeed in graduate school (e.g., with respect to writing, research, teamwork, public speaking, quality of work product).