As the number of Americans over the age of 65 grows, the opportunities for careers in fields related to aging also continue to grow. A background in gerontology will be a valuable asset whether your field is pharmacy, nursing, fitness, nutrition, finance, or a host of other disciplines related to aging populations.

The Certificate requires 10 credit hours. Here is a partial list of the courses you can choose to complete your Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

  • HDFS 64900 Multidisciplinary Gerontology
  • SOC 57600 Health and Aging in Social Context
  • SOC 60900 Aging and the Family
  • GRAD 59000 Biology of Aging

For a full list of courses, see Course Guide.

What are the benefits?

By enrolling in this program, you will receive several benefits: increased gerontology expertise, participation in our professional and student organizations, the "Aging Exchange" newsletter of the Gerontology Program, and opportunities to participate in university and national gerontology conferences and seminars.

Who can enroll?

You are eligible to enroll if you have a Bachelor's degree in any field of study and are interested in studying aging. The Certificate is designed for non-degree seeking students who would like to learn more about the aging process or who work with older adults. Graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree should enroll in the gerontology minor or dual-title PhD.

For more information about admissions procedures for non-degree seeking students, consult Purdue University Graduate School Admissions at

For more information about the Gerontology Graduate Certificate or graduate minor, email:

Center on Aging and the Life Course

Material Sciences and Electrical Engineering Building
MSEE 308, 501 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907.


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.

Basic Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any field

  • Domestic Applicants

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
  • International Applicants

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
    TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: Minimum Score Required: 550 or equivalent on computer-based test

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please contact our graduate program staff.

Application questions may be directed to: