Gerontology

Established in 1986, SF State’s Gerontology Program is the only public higher education institution in the San Francisco Bay Area which offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Gerontology.  The Gerontology Program also offers two SF State Scholars Program with accelerated, blended programs enabling students to earn two degrees in 5 years: BA in Social Work + MA in Gerontology, and BA in Sociology + MA in Gerontology.  The MA in Gerontology is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related human service field. 

The MA in Gerontology is designed to: 1, emphasize the broad, interdisciplinary nature of issues which relate to and influence older adults; 2, provide students with the academic expertise, professional experience and research capabilities necessary to pursue advanced study at the doctoral and professional level; 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 diversity, social justice, consumer-driven services and global issues to promote intergenerational understanding; and 5) 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.

The SF State Scholars Program offers students a unique opportunity to earn two degrees (BA in Social Work + MA in Gerontology, or BA in Sociology + MA in Gerontology) in five years.  This blended, interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with an academic roadmap and meaningful opportunities to: 1) be active learners fully engaged in exploring our most important societal issues, 2) promote life-long learning, 3) a richer understanding of aging in the global world, and 4) a realization of the activist potential of our disciplines.  Successful completion of  both degrees (BA in Social Work + MA in Gerontology, or BA in Sociology + MA in Gerontology) will enable students to master the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to leverage themselves for advanced doctoral/professional studies, productive career opportunities, and worthwhile service to a diverse community of elders.