Program Overview

The Gerontology Program offers a professional graduate degree. This applied gerontology degree program is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related human service field. Coursework is designed to:

  • Emphasize the broad, interdisciplinary nature of issues which relate to and influence older adults;

  • Provide students with the academic expertise, professional experience and research capabilities necessary to pursue advanced study at the doctoral and professional level;

  • Prepare students for professional practice and leadership positions in the public and private sectors where gerontological knowledge is required;

  • Empower students with a vision of social justice, diversity, consumer-driven services and global issues to promote intergenerational understanding; and

  • Invest in students a working knowledge of theoretical foundations and prepare students with tools to use quantitative and qualitative methods in applied research for solving a variety of practical problems in the community and link the micro and macro aspects of aging.

Read more about the Gerontology Program's History and Philosophy.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide students with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of issues which relate to aging and influence older adults
  2. Provide students with the content information, experiential qualifications, and research capabilities needed to pursue advanced studies in aging-related fields
  3. Prepare students for professional practice and leadership positions in the public and private sectors where gerontological knowledge is required
  4. Empower students with a vision of social justice, diversity, and consumer-driven services to promote intergenerational understanding in a global context
  5. Provide students with academic knowledge, skills, and experiences to conduct applied research to solve the problems in aging-related communities


Students applying to San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Program should familiarize themselves with its requirements and relevant deadlines for admission set by the Graduate Division.

Applicants to the Gerontology Program are accepted both fall and spring. The deadline for fall application is May 1 and for spring is December 1. To learn more about the program and the admission process attend a Prospective Student Informational Session.

Read more about the Gerontology's scholarships that can help fund your degree.

Gerontology Prospective Student Informational Sessions

Apply Now! Gerontology Program to hold info sessions for prospective students The Gerontology Program is holding info sessions for prospective students on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 6pm and Tuesday, Feb.18 from 7 to 8pm at the SFSU’s Main Campus, 1600 Holloway Ave in HSS 242.

There will also be an online webinar on Tuesday, March 10 from 12-1pm. To join the session, visit URL: You will need to download the Zoom platform in order to join this session. Please allow time prior to the session in order to do so. See the how-to guide for help.

May 1 is the deadline for admissions applications for Fall 2020.

Degree Requirements

The Gerontology Program is an applied, professional program designed for student preparing for a career in the field of again, or related human service field, who wich to improve their knowledge and skills. Degree requirements for the Gerontology program can be found in the University Bulletin.

Career Outlook

Gerontology is one of the fastest growing disciplines within the field of health and human services. Current demographic projections indicate that California will experience a doubling of the population over the age of 65 by the year 2020; furthermore, of all age groups, the group over age 85, the oldest old, is increasing at the greatest rate. Not only will there be greater numbers of older persons by 2020, they will be increasingly single, female and ethnically diverse. A Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gerontology prepares the student for effective performance in a career of service to older Americans. Read more about the career outlook in gerontology. 


Advising for majors is provided by faculty members in the program. If you have questions about non-major requirements, please contact the Graduate Studies Advising Center.

Review the orientation presentation for new students.

The Gerontology Program provides sample syllabi of its courses for students to gain an understanding of the scope of a course.

View a flyer regarding GRN faculty office hours for Spring 2020.

View a flyer regarding GRN's class schedule for Spring 2020.

Division of Graduate Studies

For non major advising for new and continuing graduate students - please visit the Division of Graduate Studies.

Location: Administration Building 254 


Gerontology Program

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, HSS Building, Room 133

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1:00p.m.- 5 p.m.
Phone: (415) 405-0771