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Gerontology Graduate Certificate

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to study in Gerontology.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission. This certificate is designed for practitioners, who are not currently enrolled, in a graduate degree program.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below.

Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Kenneth F. Ferraro, PhD
Phone: 765-494-6388 
Dr. Kenneth F. Ferraro, Director
Center on Aging and the Life Course
Hanley Hall, Room 310
1202 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055


Certificate Program Basic Requirements

Applicants currently admitted to, or enrolled in, a graduate degree program are not eligible for the Graduate Certificate

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.0 or equivalent required

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 14
        Speaking: 18
        Writing: 18 
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
       An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
       An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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