Gerontology is about understanding change. And responding in meaningful ways.
The Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel equips professionals for important work in the growing gerontology field. With people living longer and a rapidly growing number of aging adults, the world will need well-trained gerontologists to provide the services and leadership to respond. Prepare to use your education in a variety of interesting and life-changing roles that bring hope and fulfillment to our society’s older adults.
The Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel equips professionals to become well-trained gerontologists who provide the services and leadership to respond to the needs of and to bring hope and fulfillment to our society’s older adults.
Delivery: Face to Face
Location: St. Paul
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An Interdisciplinary Approach
Bethel’s gerontology professors recognize that aging involves changes that impact our society, culture, economic well-being, and spiritual life. That’s why our courses take an interdisciplinary approach. Gerontology is a field that can be applied to virtually any career, from estate planning and healthcare to grief counseling and chaplaincy. You’ll discover ways to connect with services that other organizations already offer and find opportunities to start something new.
0 Only Christian graduate gerontology program in Minnesota
2.1% Unemployment rate of recent graduate alumni- 2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey
Learn from professionals and guest speakers from several disciplines who will help you connect and network with professionals in many fields. Your cohort members will likely come from many careers to provide a holistic understanding of how aging impacts all aspects of life.
Develop the skills for leadership in programs, institutions, agencies, or congregations so you're prepared for roles that serve elders, their families, and caretakers. You'll have the opportunity to influence social policy that recognizes and honors aging persons and learn how to teach those working with older adults so you can impact the future of gerontology.
Help the aging to reframe their gifts and talents so they can use them to find purpose and benefit society. The oldest members of our communities have a lot to offer and want to serve, and it’s the gerontologist’s honor to advocate for them.
Prepare to effect change
Find ways to change policies or legislation and lead and influence others in agencies or organizations that serve older people. Gerontology also offers opportunities for innovative start-ups in areas as diverse as adult daycare, respite care, financial services, continuing education, marketing, and more.
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
My gerontology education has carried me far in 5 short years. From successful aging wellness to elder fraud prevention, the needs are great. There is plenty of room for creative and innovative solutions.Helen Rickman '09
Current job: 1st Judicial District Colorado Elder Fraud Prevention Unit
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
I am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
Bethel's graduate degree in gerontology broadened my academic foundation and prepared me to better serve the aging community in the Twin Cities area.Nancy Schwartz '11
Current job: Financial Advisor
Enrich People in Your Community
Students enter the gerontology program at Bethel because they’re passionate about responding to the world’s aging population. Whether they’re looking to help people navigate social service agencies, stay in their own home, understand Alzheimer’s, find resources that will enrich their lives, manage finances, or cope with emotional aspects of aging, they’re all here to build skills that lead to meaningful work.
Learn how to:
- Serve the elderly and their families
- Apply gerontology services to specific populations
- Understand how to provide a continuum of care
- Help the aging identify new areas of vocation and identity
- Provide leadership in programs, institutions, agencies, or congregations
- Offer ongoing training to professionals involved with the elderly and their families
- Influence development of social policies that recognize and honor aging persons
- Conduct theoretically grounded, practically relevant research
Our graduates work as:
- Household coordinators
- Financial advisors
- Information and assistance directors
- Housing advisors
- Grant writers
- Marketing specialists
- Social workers
- Care managers
- Case managers
- Hospice and palliative care workers
Our graduates work at:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- LeadingAge Minnesota
- Care Providers of Minnesota
- Volunteers of America
- Augustana Homes & Services
- Commonbond Communities
- Veteran’s Administration
- Walker Methodist
- County Human Service Offices
- Presbyterian Homes
- Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
- Health Dimensions Group
- Foster Klima and Company
- Wilder Foundation
- Fairview Homecare and Hospice
- Self-employed consultant