New Programs in Gerontology!

Now recruiting the Fall 2015 cohort for the new on-campus, interdepartmental Master’s and Doctoral degree  programs in Gerontology!


(1) Visit the Graduate College website to complete a university application.

(2) Prospective students should also e-mail their CV/resume and completed supplemental application and assistantship form to the program.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Margrett,

New demographic – new career possibilities

branding_choose_101There are more people over the age of 65 alive today than any other period in history. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of older persons will surpass the number of children within 10 years.

The ISU Gerontology Program applies a cross-section of university-wide disciplines to the study of aging to prepare graduates in diverse areas of a profession with almost unlimited growth and reach. The program strengths include:

  • A cross-departmental curriculum allows students to pursue their own interests and gain skills in a wide variety of gerontology-related areas: from architecture to exercise to technology. Faculty/discipline areas »
  • Online programs are available for working professionals. Students benefit from available online-only programs and online programs that combine with on-campus courses. More »
  • Gerontology program collaborates with other universities and colleges across the state to improve gerontology education. ICAP »
  • Faculty, staff, and students are involved in a variety of programs and services that directly help older Iowans. More »
  • Gerontology research on campus addresses issues from the lab to the community. More »

Gerontology News from the College of Human Sciences

Nearly $2 million grant to aid Iowa State study tracking evolution of couples into later adulthood
An assistant professor in human development and family studies received a $1.9 million grant to study later adulthood.
Anonymous donors establish endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences
Pamela White is the inaugural holder of the new dean's chair, which allows her unrestricted use of earnings to advance the college’s priorities.
  Iowa State partnership to improve awareness and access to dementia services
Iowa State is partnering with the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association to improve access to dementia-capable services. ISU gerontology program director Jennifer Margrett says the partnership will help shore up gaps in services.
Iowa State adds graduate degrees in gerontology
Iowa State University now offers on-campus, interdepartmental master’s and doctoral degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging.
Iowa State partnership helps address needs of an aging population
College of Human Sciences researchers are among those working with Northcrest Community to provide older adults with options to maintain their lifestyle.
ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving
Iowa State professors developed the "Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise" program, which uses video games to get older adults moving.
Iowa State students help older adults get active
Students in an Iowa State University kinesiology course will help with assessments during Active Aging Week, in an effort to encourage people to be more active and see the benefits of exercise.
Gilligan studies relationships between parents and adult children
Megan Gilligan is a new assistant professor in human development and family studies. Her research focuses on relationships between parents and adult children.
New graduate certificates explore well-being across the lifespan
Iowa State University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies recently added four new certificates to its graduate offerings.
Iowa State prepares students for careers in gerontology
Iowa State professors are educating students through the gerontology program, which offers both an undergraduate and graduate-level minor, to meet the demands of the state’s and nation’s aging population.
  • Attending Conferences

    Faculty and students attended the 2014 Gerontological Society of America conference in Washington D.C.

  • Why study aging?

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    In this video students from several Iowa schools share advice and insights about the study of gerontology, rewarding and diverse career options, and job security well into the future.

    (Video by ICAP partners and the Iowa Gerontological Society)

  • Did You Know?

    Aging individuals and their families can locate resources like Powerful Tools for Caregivers offered through Iowa State Extension and Outreach.