Special Master's Program

Senior Graduate

The CSUS Gerontology Special Master's Program is an individualized graduate program. Because there is no set curriculum for the program, each student meets with the Program Director to discuss his or her unique needs and goals. With permission from the Director, students will combine a concentration in Gerontology with a secondary academic discipline of their choice, and will title their own degree. In the past, students have chosen disciplines such as psychology, sociology, education, therapeutic recreation, ethnic studies, marketing, and public policy to enhance their degree in Gerontology.

To see the list of core graduate classes, see our Graduate Flyer.

View our brochure for the Special Master's in Gerontology and Public Policy and Administration to see a sample of how such a degree might be developed. Remember, you can choose any appropriate secondary discipline.

For general information about the Special Master's at Sacramento State, see the current Catalog.

Additional Special Master's Degree Samples

The following chart shows the secondary disciplines and degree titles of past and current Gerontology Special Master's students.

Discipline

Secondary Discipline

Degree Title

GERO

Health Science

Health and Aging

GERO

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Recreation Administration and Management for Older Adults

GERO

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Activity Therapy and Aging

GERO

Organizational Behavior and Environment

Gerontological Studies and Corporate Organizations

GERO

Public Policy and Administration

Senior Employment and Education

GERO

Social Work

Quality of Life in Aging Populations

GERO

Public Policy and Administration

Aging Paradigms and Policies

GERO

Education/Nursing

Aging and Community Education

GERO

Public Policy and Administration

Elder Related Government Administration

GERO

Public Policy and Administration

Elder Policies and Politics

GERO

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Healthy Aging and Recreation

GERO

Education

The Memory Bump in the Hmong Community

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

It is required that students entering the Gerontology Special Master’s Program take the General Subject GRE*.  There is no specific score students must achieve.  The GRE is mainly used as a diagnostic tool to gauge potential students’ abilities in writing and critical thinking, but a lower score will not necessarily cause your application to be denied.  GRE must be taken within the last 10 years, and must include a writing component. For more information about the GRE, click here.

*Note: Students who, within the last 10 years, have successfully completed a Master's Degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher do not need to submit GRE scores.

Application Procedures

Students must apply online via CSU Mentor and submit the Graduate Special Major Application and Special Major Declaration, along with 2 copies of all college transcripts, to the Office of Graduate Studies. Students must also submit a Gerontology Program Application and GRE scores* to the Gerontology Program Office, Benicia 1018.

BE SURE TO PLAN EARLY! Students interested in pursuing a Special Master's degree should meet with Dr. Osborne at least one year in advance to form a faculty committee and to ensure timely enrollment into the program. See our Advising page for information on making an appointment, or come to one of Dr. Osborne's Prospective Student Advising sessions.

Submission deadlines for the Special Master's degree are determined each semester, and prospective graduate students will receive the dates after they have begun working with Dr. Osborne on their application.

*If you will be unable to complete the GRE prior to the deadline, please contact our office. We may be able to make an exception. All other materials must be submitted by the deadline.

For more information about applying to the Special Master's program, see our Admissions page.