As Baby Boomers head into their golden years, the U.S. is poised to experience a massive demographic shift. By 2030, the population age 65+ is expected to nearly double from 43 million to 73 million. The 'oldest old'—those 85+—are projected to surge from six to nine million.
"Well-trained gerontologists are needed now more than ever," says Lydia Manning, PhD, associate professor and program leader for gerontology at Concordia University Chicago.
"Professionals credentialed with graduate degrees in gerontology will be in demand to create new programs, products and opportunities to help older adults age well." In pursuit of this goal, Concordia-Chicago is investing in its gerontology programs through expanded online and on-campus degrees and programs with a commitment to gerontological research.
In January 2014, Concordia-Chicago launched a redesigned online master of arts in gerontology and certificate in gerontology. Concordia University Chicago's online master of arts in gerontology is designed to provide an interdisciplinary course of study for individuals interested in meeting the needs and contributing to the well-being of an aging population. Additionally, this course of study provides an integrated perspective on aging and older adults. Students are trained in the fundamentals of gerontological education, research, and practice.
Learn more about Concordia University Chicago's online master of arts in gerontology at gradschool.cuchicago.edu/ma-gero.
About Concordia University Chicago
Founded in 1864, Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
Concordia-Chicago equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. More than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Concordia-Chicago, located 10 miles west of downtown Chicago in River Forest.