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Gerontology Graduate certificate Program (Non-Degree) – Online

Get Started – This online program begins every Fall and Spring term

Application Deadline

This program accepts applications throughout the year, and you can begin the program at the start of any academic Fall or Spring semester. It is recommended that you apply at least 60 days before the start of the semester for which you desire admission, but you can contact the Academic Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Current Graduate School Students

If you are currently an admitted graduate student in another UNC program and would like to add in this certificate, you do not need to reapply. Please 1) contact the Program Coordinator, indicating that you are an admitted graduate student; and 2) email the Graduate School at sonja.rizzolo@unco.edu to tell them you wish to add the Gerontology Certificate.

Application Process

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Graduate Certificate (Non-Degree): Gerontology (Extended Campus) as your academic program of interest on the application.
    • Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are NOT required for this program).
    • International applicants: please read the additional directions below.
  2. You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
    • A Statement of Interest. View the Gerontology Statement of Interest guidelines
    • One academic or professional letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your academic potential and abilities - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to this individual.
    • A resume

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision.

International Students

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2-4 terms
$565/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Susan Collins, PhD

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