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Certificate in Gerontology

Admission Policies and Requirements

A Certificate in Gerontology can be earned at Temple in conjunction with the students master’s or doctoral program. The certificate can also be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate degree.


Each student must complete 15 semester hours of course work, which in most cases are course work for major and not additional courses. However, these courses must be approved by coordinator of the certificate program. In addition, matriculated and non-matriculated students take at 3 semester hours of independent study or research in the field of aging. Students enrolled in a degree program at Temple degree may satisfy the independent study requirement by focusing on the elderly in their final project, thesis, or dissertation, or field work in working with older adults. To meet this requirement, non-matriculated students are enrolled in an independent study.

Graduates of institutions other than Temple University may have earned the 15 credits required subject to the review of the transcript by the coordinator. This leaves independent study as the final requirement for the Certificate in Gerontology.

Matriculated students are encouraged to consult degree advisors as early as possible in order to coordinate degree and the certificate program.


Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin or handicap. This policy extends to all educational programs and activities.

To apply for admission to the Certificate in Gerontology, all applicants must:

  • Print out, complete and submit Application Form (Link to application form)

  • Complete and submit a Statement of Professional Goals.

  • Obtain and submit two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess applicant's academic ability and accomplishments

In addition:

Undergraduate students:

  • Submit evidence of admission to the University.)

  • Submit official transcript indicating course work completed to date.

Gradute Students:

  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. If no graduate work has been completed, evidence of official acceptance into a graduate level program of study.

Non-Matriculated applicant:

  • Submit an official transcript of all previous college work, showing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a four-point scale)

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be processed upon submission. No application will be reviewed until all supporting credentials, and application are received.

Please contact us if you have any questions at the Institute on Aging.

Mail the Completed Application Packet to:

Duane Kirksey, MD, MSCE
Director, Institute on Aging
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine

1316 W. Ontario St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5220


Acceptance will be based on information provided on the application and supporting documentation. After acceptance into the program, an academic advising appointment will be scheduled.


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