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Meet the growing need for elderly aid

Master of Science in Applied Gerontology

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Georgia’s population is getting older…will you be ready?

Georgia’s population is growing faster than the vast majority of the country. Earning your MS in Applied Gerontology from Brenau will qualify you to enter the rewarding and rapidly growing workforce assisting the aging population, ensuring you job security—especially in Georgia.


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These jobs—and increased salaries—could be in your future

Nursing home director interacting with seniors

Nursing Home Director

Georgia Salary: $105,804
National Salary: $77,700

Manage the operations of a long-term care facility and make all final business and financial decisions.

Duties include: managing staff, overseeing budget, interacting with patients and families and ensuring federal, state and local regulations are met.

Human services manager interacting with seniors

Human Services Manager

Georgia Salary: $70,728
National Salary: $55,100

Lead the flow of work and resources in a nursing home, mental health treatment center or non-profit.

Duties include: community outreach, staff management and planning and implementing policy changes.

Female medical director talking to a senior patient

Medical Director

Georgia Salary: $271,231
National Salary: $102,400

Develop, implement and evaluate medical procedures and ensure they’re in accordance with federal policy and share administrative functions related to medical services.

Duties include: recruiting and managing physicians, updating medical policies and building relationships with vendors.

Salary data via Burning Glass Technologies



Healthcare Administration is on the rise

Georgia Salary: $96,220
National Salary: $74,800

Supervise the day-to-day clinical and administrative operations of hospitals and health care facilities.

Duties include: creating employee work schedules, monitoring budgets and maintaining patient records.

Ready to get started? Call an enrollment coach today to start your application: 866.239.4762


How is an “applied” gerontology degree different than other gerontology programs?

This degree is application-based, which means you’ll graduate ready to implement real-world skills to the workforce. Other master’s degrees are research-based, and prepare you for research work in the field of gerontology.


Classes you’ll take

Over the course of this 30-hour program, you’ll take a variety of classes that have been specifically developed to help you build the tactical skills you’ll need while on the job.

Core Courses (21 credit hours)
  • Cultural and Social Issues of Aging
  • Death, Dying and Loss
  • Effective Communication with the Elderly
  • Fieldwork or Major Project
  • Foundations of Gerontology
  • Physical Aspects of Aging
  • Psychology of Aging
Electives (9 credit hours)
  • Aging in Place
  • Aging in the Family
  • Basic Mediation Skills in Aging
  • Elder Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics and Leadership in Health Care
  • Ethics and Professional Orientation
  • Geriatric Pharmacology
  • Global Health Perspectives
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Social Policy and Aging

“I continue to use resourceful skills adapted from my Brenau education to enhance the lives of those growing older and help them prepare for what is to come.”

— Holley Kelley, M.S., C.P.G., FT, MS
Applied Gerontology Graduate, 2013
Author, CEO and “Aging GreatFULLy” show host


Course highlights

100% Online

Only 100% online program of its kind in Georgia.

7-Week Classes

Graduate in as little as one year with our accelerated courses.

11:1 Student-to-Teacher Ratio

Get personalized attention from your professors.

Here’s how much you’ll pay


  • $742
    Per credit hour, 30 credit hours required
    Tuition cost applies to the 2020–2021 academic year.

  • 85%
    Brenau students who qualify for financial aid

Make your degree even more affordable

You don’t have to pay for your degree entirely on your own—take advantage of the variety of financial aid options available, including:

  • Federal and state grants
  • Loans
  • Scholarships

Learn more about financial aid at Brenau


“Getting my master’s in applied gerontology has opened so many doors for me! I’m working as a geriatric care manager and [have been] asked to be a part of a working group in figuring out ways to get needed and correct resources to the older adults in our community. Because of Brenau and the Applied Gerontology program, I am accomplishing my dreams!”

— Paula Law
Applied Gerontology Graduate, 2011


Transfer to Brenau and only pay for the classes you need

Get credit for the classes you’ve already taken—saving big on time and money—by transferring past credits to Brenau. As a graduate student, you can transfer up to 9 credits from classes in which you’ve earned a “C” or better.



How do I start?

Take the next step toward your career in gerontology. Request more information today and a coach will be in touch.

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