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Master of Liberal Studies, Gerontology option

Did you know that people over the age of 80 are the fastest growing segment of our society today? Individuals who have studied gerontology (study of aging) are in high demand in the 21st century. Careers may include areas as diverse as wellness, rehabilitation, marketing, interior design, health care, policy development, government, and law. With a graduate degree, you should be in a leadership role to advance the broad understanding of the diverse and complex issues, challenges, and opportunities that face individuals and society in aging.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is also required on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours to be admitted to this concentration. Program contact info can be found at the bottom of this page. Click here for admission criteria.

The student seeking a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree with an emphasis in Gerontology is required to complete a selection of courses equal to 31 credit hours. Students complete 15 required credit hours and 16 elective credit hours. Each student is required to complete comprehensive examinations and a 3-hour culminating experience (HHP 874). The culminating experience may take many different forms including a research paper or project, the development of original creative work, an internship, or other special projects formulated in conjunction with the program advisor.

Program Summary


IDS 801 Introduction to Liberal Arts (1)
IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3)
IDS 803 Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society (3)
IDS 804 Information Literacy (3)


HHP 605 Introduction to Gerontology (3
HHP 873 Culminating Experience (3)
Electives (15)

Total Credit Hours: 31

Electives (choose 8-12 credits from these courses)

SLP 665 Communication in Aging (2)
PSY 668 Neuropsychology (3)
HHP 617 Nutrition and Aging (3)
HHP 619 Exercise Testing/Prescription for Aging (3)
HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3)
SOCW 620 Spirituality of Aging (3)
SOC 644 Sociology of Aging (3)

Choose 4-8 credits in any of the following subject areas with approval from your advisor (must be 600-level or higher)

Topics and Workshop courses related to aging
Healthcare systems/administration
Art Therapy
Grant writing courses
Health and Wellness coursework related to the older adult
Education of the older adult/teaching strategies
Leadership courses

Comprehensive Exams

As a final step in the program, all students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

Program Contact

For more information, contact Mr. Glen McNeil to see if the Master of Liberal Studies degree concentrations offered through the Department of Health and Human Performance could be right for you. You can also reach Mr. McNeil at (785) 628-5296. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please carefully read The MLS Student Handbook.

For more information, contact

Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program
The Graduate School, Picken Hall 306
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-5578

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