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Dementia and Aging Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Patti Giuffre
UAC, Room 449A

Advisor Support
Lindy Knowles
UAC, Room 449B

In response to the critical need for a competent workforce for the aging population, Texas State created the master of science program in dementia and aging studies. The curriculum emphasizes knowledge of dementia, aging and the person-centered model of care in long-term care, research or an advanced practitioner plans of study.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. Dementia and Long-Term Care 33 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Practitioner 33 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Research 33 Thesis No minor

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Office regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority March 1 March 1
Fall - Standard July 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work: at least six hours of undergraduate sociology/social science courses related to aging or gerontology. (Two years of documented experience in the field of gerontology may be substituted for three or six hours of social science prerequisites). Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (two pages, double-spaced with your full name and contact information) describing your personal and career goals. Include your academic interests and the relationship of this graduate degree to your life/personal goals. Also, discuss why you are interested in this particular graduate program and explain your career goals after earning the degree.The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the following:
    • Did you demonstrate a familiarity with the field?
    • Did you indicate your strengths (background, experience, training, and education)?
    • Did you express how the program will hone your skills?
    • Did your statement show excellence or promise in writing skills? 
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals competent to assess the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career in this field of study

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

Additional Information

  Background Course Work
If you do not have sufficient background courses or work experience in social science or areas related to aging or gerontology, you must take leveling courses prior to beginning graduate studies in the program. Courses may be completed as a non-degree seeking student (with approval from the Director of Graduate Programs in Sociology) at Texas State University or other universities.