Georgetown University MS in Aging & Health

  • DC

About Us


As Americans continue to live longer and healthier lives, it is vital that we find innovative solutions to ensure prosperity and aging. Aging is a dynamic process that fosters new skills and understanding that we can share with our communities. Increasingly, the conversation focuses on creating effective practices and policies to support older adults, combat ageism and promote social justice.

Georgetown University's new master’s in Aging & Health program goes beyond geriatrics to the study of aging well in today’s society. We are training the next generation of leaders in the field of aging. Through interdisciplinary training in theory, economics, policy and the human experience of aging; the Aging & Health Program examines how society can construct a healthier understanding of aging and build a more age-integrated society.

Who should apply?

This degree is appropriate for recent college graduates in any major (humanities, basic and social sciences) who are interested in working with older adults as well as mid-career and encore career students who seek professional advancement or a shift in career track.

The expected time line for full-time students pursing the degree is 11 months. Part-time students may take longer (up to two years). Classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, allowing part-time students to participate fully. Some online and hybrid format classes are available.

Program Description

Students will receive:

  • A thorough, scientifically grounded, training in theory, policy and research in gerontology;
  • Hands-on experience through an individualized and supervised field internship (domestic or abroad);
  • Opportunities to interact with professionals in the field of aging through research experiences and informal mentoring.
  • 30 credits including 18 credits of core classes and 11 credits of electives

The Master of Science in Aging & Health Program offers several concentration areas: 

  • Health Systems Administration 
  • Healthcare Economics and Policy
  • Design your own concentration


Students participate in a monthly seminar series focused on hot topics in aging. Learning from working professionals helps students to network as well as to articulate their knowledge and skills relevant to the workplace.


Options for the Capstone/Internship project include a community-oriented, health services, or research project with a Georgetown or outside mentor, or an internship with a healthcare agency, an advocacy group, NGO, state or federal agency, international health organization or a commercial enterprise. 

Our curriculum is based on competencies endorsed by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Accreditation in Gerontology Education Council (AGEC). 


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