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In 1987, the National Institute on Aging recognized ULM's excellence in aging by awarding the university funds to develop the first Center on Aging in Louisiana.

Since that time, ULM has led the state in offering and developing coursework in Gerontology, with the distinction of being the only university in Louisiana to offer the Master of Arts in Gerontology, the first to offer the Certificate in Gerontology, as well as being continuously recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education as a "Unique Area of Excellence."

Master’s degree in Gerontology at ULM is a 36-hour 100% online degree program consisting of 21 hours of core courses and 15 hours of “concentration” courses.  Students can choose any one of the following SEVEN concentrations:

1.         Long-term Care Administration

2.         Program Administration

3.         Health Care Management

4.         Small Business Management

5.         Grief Care Management

6.         Mental Health

7.         Aging Studies

Descriptions of courses included in each concentration can be looked up HERE.  

Each concentration prepares students for a successful career in Gerontology.  The courses offered in these concentrations also prepare students to qualify for various national certifications such as, geriatric care manager, case manager, and Grief and Bereavement Coordinator.  Additionally, students receive education and training in launching small businesses relating to elder care services.



“Gerontology is such a growing field in our world today.  Earning a degree from ULM is rewarding for myself as well as my future. I feel like the program ULM offers is one of the best because of the information I learned from our aging society.  With the program being online it allowed me to work my full-time job and still pursue my dreams of earning my Master’s degree.  I will be able to have more job opportunities because of the education I received at ULM. “ 

Miranda Weed, Fall 2017