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Full time Sample Program

The Master of Science Degree in Gerontology



The application deadline for fall admission is April 15 of each year .The application deadline for spring admission is October 1 of each year.

Completion of the admission process prior to that date is required for consideration for admission to the Master of Science degree in Gerontology.

If you are interested in taking courses in a Spring semester, prior to your proposed admission to the program, please contact Dr. Barbara White for information about registration through "Open University".

* If you are interested in a Certificate in Gerontology to complement your major field of study, please go to the bottomof this webpage.


What is Gerontology?



CSULB Gerontology Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Admission to the Master of Science in Gerontology Program at CSULB (For Prospective Students)



Master of Science Degree Requirements


What Can I do as a Professional Working in the Field of Gerontology?


Student/Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities


Our History & Program Highlights


CSULB Gerontology Program Newsletter

Sigma Phi Omega: The National Academic and Professional Society In Gerontology


Other Information

Bulletin Boards:2nd floor FCS (first boards right/left up the stairs)

Beach Board Sites: Master’s in Gerontology Student Website

Associated Center: Center for Successful Aging

Graduate Student Resources (Click Here)

Websites of Interest to Gerontology


Scholarship Information

Gerontology scholarship available $250-$500 in the spring of each semester by application. Generously donated by or in honor of the following:

  1. Dorothy L. and Margaret A. Fornia Gerontology Scholarship
  2. Swanner-Fosnight Scholarship in Gerontology
  3. Jeanne Bader Schoarship

For Scholarrship application form, please contact the Graduate Advisor

Certificate in Gerontology

Please visit the Gerontology Certificate website for admission requirements and the application process graduate/csulbgerontologycertificate.htm


Program Director and Graduate Advisor


Dr.Barbara White

Phone Number: (562)985-1582

Office: FCS-FA-14



Gerontology Certificate Advisor


Dr. Maria Claver

Phone Number: (562)985-4495

Office: FCS-FA-11


Program Lecturer


William Goeller, MS


Program Instructor

Lisa Lares, MS


Cynthia Schlesinger, MS 


Melanie Weir, MS

Program Graduate Assistant

Elena Ionescu, MSGc

Elena Ionescu, MSGc