Who We Are

The KU Gerontology Program brings together faculty and students across campuses and disciplines to study all aspects of aging. Affiliated researchers have distinguished themselves in the areas of cognition, dementia care, caregiving, communication, long-term care and housing alternatives, retirement, health disparities, and decisionmaking in later life.

Graduate students can choose to pursue a doctoral degree in Gerontology or combine Gerontology with another discipline through the dual-title Ph.D. program. The Gerontology degree program is interdisciplinary and provides a broad but advanced educational experience. It provides a common focus for all students, yet allows each student to select a course of study most appropriate for his or her career objectives. Graduates from the KU Gerontology doctoral program are pursuing productive careers in academic, public, and private sectors.

The Gerontology Program is actively engaged in service and outreach both locally and nationally. We organize public education events where community members learn about cutting-edge research conducted by both KU professors and visiting scholars. Our affiliated faculty have prominent roles in their professional organizations and are regularly asked by media outlets to share their expertise on current events affecting older adults.

Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times