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P.O. Box 310919
Denton, TX 76203-0919
Student Advising Office
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Graduate Faculty: Fairchild, Ingman, John, Lusky, Turner, Yeatts.
The Department of Applied Gerontology offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:
The primary objective of the degree programs is to provide preparation for professionals in the field of gerontology. Programs prepare students to be administrators of long-term care and retirement facilities, home health care agencies and therapeutic day care centers; to participate in the planning, coordination and administration of public and private programs in gerontology; and to hold aging-related positions in business and industry.
University library holdings in gerontology are extensive as a result of systematic acquisitions beginning in the early 1960s. In addition, the nationally recognized Gerontological Film Collection, available through the Media Library, holds more than 400 titles.
Opportunities for research assistantships for qualified graduate students are available.
Students in other fields may minor in applied gerontology at the master's or doctoral level.
Research at the Department of Applied Gerontology is concerned with various social, psychological and policy aspects of aging. Faculty members currently are investigating employee job performance in nursing homes, impact of leadership on culture of nursing homes and retirement communities, development of support ratios as indicators of the impact of elderly migration settlement, development of databases and models for community services planning, geriatric programs in community health centers, the low-income minority elderly, American Indian elderly, and aging and developmental disability.
Major funding sources for these research investigations include the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Center for Health Services, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and the U.S. Administration on Aging.
The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:
Applicants for admission must meet all general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. GPA requirements are described in the Admission section of this catalog. Application also must be made to the Department of Applied Gerontology. A total combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 800 on the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted, including a score of at least 400 on the verbal section.
No specific undergraduate major is required. However, 3 hours of social gerontology are a prerequisite for all master's degree candidates, and 6 hours of undergraduate accounting (ACCT 2020 and 2030, or equivalent) are prerequisites for degree candidates majoring in administration of long-term care and retirement facilities. These prerequisites may be taken concurrently with courses applying to the master's degree.
All majors require completion of 45 graduate hours. Students must complete a capstone course, Proseminar on Applications in Practice, for 3 hours credit. One of the requirements of this course is the production of a major written project.
Only 6 hours of course work at the 4000 level are permitted.
Master's degree candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination.
Candidates for the MA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (normally French, German or Spanish). See the "Foreign Language Requirement" heading in the Master's Degree Requirements section of this catalog for further details.
Required courses: AGER 5300, 5400, 5600, 5710, 5740, 5780, 5810, 5820, 5840, 5850, 5860 and 5940.
Minor in business administration (required): ACCT 5130, BLAW 5050 or 5600, MGMT 5070.
Requests for course substitutions are considered on an individual basis and may be approved if warranted by the student's academic background and/or professional experience. Students earn 6 hours of credit by completing a required 1,000-clock-hour supervised internship in a licensed long-term care facility. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals.
Licensed long-term care administrators may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.
Required courses: AGER 5710, 5780, 5830, 5840, 5860 and 5940. Other AGER courses totaling at least 24 semester hours will be selected in consultation with the student's adviser.
Students earn 3 hours of credit by completing a required 500-clock-hour supervised internship in an appropriate facility serving the elderly. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals.
Students with extensive practitioner experience may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.
Required courses: AGER 5710, 5780, 5860 and 5940.
The internship is optional, with the understanding that, without either the internship or extensive previous experience, the student majoring in applied gerontology will not be prepared for professional practice in the field of gerontology.
Minor (optional): Students majoring in applied gerontology may choose 6 to 12 semester hours in a minor field such as business administration, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation studies, health promotion, recreation or other areas of special interest. Other AGER courses totaling 15 to 27 hours will be selected in consultation with the student's adviser.
Students in other fields may choose applied gerontology for a minor. AGER 5700, 5710, 5780 and 5860 are required for minor students, with additional courses to be chosen in consultation between the student and minor professor.
The department offers an 18-hour Specialist Certificate in Aging, and conducts summer and winter institutes primarily for people employed in the field of aging. Students enrolled in the regular program may enroll for a maximum of 6 hours in these institutes.
The mission of the Minority Aging Research Institute (MARI) at the Department of Applied Gerontology is to increase scholarly and public awareness of contemporary aging issues facing ethnic minority communities at the local, state and national levels. MARI is the only university-endorsed program in Texas that combines gerontology and minority aging concerns and research. Both graduate and undergraduate students are involved in MARI's research and training efforts, and MARI staff are engaged in a variety of minority aging research projects.
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