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Gerontology Degree

Master of Arts

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.

Program Details

Gerontology Degree

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 Evening

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

$65,000 - Median income range of recent Bethel Graduate School alumni

-2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Professional networks

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.

Leadership training

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.

Providing hope

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.

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
  • Counselors
  • Housing advisors
  • Grant writers
  • Lobbyists
  • Marketing specialists
  • Social workers
  • Care managers
  • Case managers
  • Hospice and palliative care workers
  • Consultants


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
  • Ecumen
  • Self-employed consultant

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