Gerontology nurse with two patients

The certificate in applied gerontology is a collaborative UWM certificate program, that is run by the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Department of Social Work.

This certificate is designed for students who have an interest in linking practice and research to improve the quality of life of older adults. UWM’s nationally recognized faculty are dedicated to mentoring students in their chosen paths through the field, be it into academic research and publishing in the field of aging, or innovating practice methods in the care of older adults in the community.  Find out how the applied gerontology certificate will benefit your academic and career goals.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus

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Why Applied Gerontology

Americans are living longer than at any other time in history. In the United States, by 2035, there will be more adults over the age of 65 than children below the age of 18. This means that for the first time in history, older adults will outnumber children. There will be an increasing and ongoing need for professionals to help support older adults.

Aging is a dynamic field of study where demographic and generational shifts are impacting all disciplines and demanding innovations in how we care for older adults.


The graduate certificate in applied gerontology (GCAG) provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or conduct academic research in aging. The program focuses on the biological, psychological, social, policy and ethical aspects of aging.

There are many employment options that support older adults, including medical, hospice, long-term care, rehabilitation, home- and community-based services, behavioral health, corrections, criminal justice, research and policy analysis, program development, advocacy, education and training.

Find out how the applied gerontology certificate will benefit your academic and career goals.