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Gerontology Certificate

The University of North Georgia offers a Gerontology Certificate.  This program is designed to enable students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, non-degree students, and residents of the community to obtain a certificate in two to three semesters.  To receive the Gerontology Certificate, students must successfully complete 15 credit hours of coursework. Applicants interested in receiving graduate credit for the certificate should apply to Graduate Admissions.

Quick Facts

Online program
Program length 15 semester hours
Practicum or research option
Apply as non-degree
Federal financial aid is not available

Application Deadline

Fall - August 10
Spring - December 10

Types of Admissions

Certificate Non-Degree

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Select Graduate Level Certificates-Gerontology Certificate.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of transcripts from each institution confirming bachelors or master’s degree.

  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.  Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.


Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

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Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in Indiana and Minnesota. If you are not a Georgia resident, email to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs or part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters).

Program Contact

Department of Sociology & Human Services
Pamela Elfenbein

Occupational Outlook

The knowledge obtained in the interdisciplinary Gerontology Certificate can be applied to a variety of professional fields such as social work, psychology, public policy, public affairs, and more.

Typical Work Environment
Depending on your professional focus, a recipient of the Gerontology Certificate could expect to work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, research facilities, and other office or healthcare environments.

Careers and Salaries
Below you will find the 2015 median pay for professions related to the Gerontology Certificate:

  • Social Worker: $45,900
  • Health Educator or Community Health Worker: $43,840
  • Social and Community Service Manager: $63,530 

Job Outlook

  • Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of health educators and/or community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

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