Doctoral Specialization in Gerontology (Ph. D.)


The departments of Child, Youth and Family Studies and Gerontology, in conjunction with the Graduate College, offer a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Human Sciences with a specialization in gerontology. The specialization draws on theory, research and practice in the field of education, gerontology and human development.

Due to the unique nature of this interdepartmental specialization, students are able to benefit from the broader range of expertise and perspectives.

In pursuing a specialization in gerontology at the doctoral level, students have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research in order to generate new knowledge or reform educational theory.

Benefits of the Specialization in Gerontology

  • Students design their own program that includes courses from both Child, Youth and Family Studies and Gerontology
  • Work with faculty from both disciplines who are leaders in the field
  • Acquire knowledge through various avenues including symposia, formal classes, directed studies, research projects and workshops
  • Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of an aging population
  • Strengthen research and writing skills to produce quality research suitable for publication and presentation at national conferences

Courses in the Specialization in Gerontology

Students pursuing the specialization in gerontology will have the opportunity to create a program of study with advice and support of their doctoral advisory committee. Upon admission to the program, students will work with their advisor to formulate a formal program of study. Courses include those offered through Child, Youth and Family Studies and Gerontology and are available on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses of the University of Nebraska.

Gerontology Faculty

Application Deadlines and Processes

For more information contact the Department of Gerontology at 402-554-2272.