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Post Baccalaureate Diploma

This program, for those with a bachelor’s degree who are working or plan to work with older adults, provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective on aging with a focus on requisite knowledge and skills for meaningful intervention and application of research findings to practice.

Admission Requirements

  • completion of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum graduation grade point average of 2.5
  • three reference letters attesting to personal qualities and characteristics, ability to complete a post baccalaureate program, and career potential and dedication to the gerontology field. Obtain an application package from the program office including letter of reference forms, program information and a separate application to the gerontology diploma program.

Consult the department for information on application.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of 30 units, as laid out below.

A 2.5 CGPA is required on courses applied toward the diploma. Students entering without experience of working directly with older persons in a job or volunteer setting may be required to complete a practicum. A criminal record check is required prior to starting the practicum.

Some diploma program courses have prerequisites that should be completed before enrolling in the program. Contact the program advisor for information on prerequisites and general program requirements.

Courses other than those listed below may be designated for gerontology diploma credit from term to term. Check with the department for this course list.

Students complete all of

Required Courses

Students complete a minimum of six units, including

GERO 300 - Introduction to Gerontology (3) *

Examination of the aging process from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Physical and health factors in aging, economic and vocational factors in aging, family and community relations of older people, social policy and politics of aging. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on normal aging. Prerequisite: 60 units. Students who have taken GERO 101 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eireann O'Dea
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.


GERO 301 - Research Methods in Gerontology (3) ^, *

This course examines research methodology applied to the field of gerontology. Key areas covered include: operationalizing gerontological concepts; sampling older populations; longitudinal designs; outcome and process evaluation of seniors' programs; and elementary data analyses. Prerequisite: 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 John Pickering

or any other approved research methodology course*

* should be completed at the beginning of the program

^, * recommended and should be completed at the beginning of the program

Elective Courses

Students complete a minimum of 24 units from any gerontology 300 or 400 level courses listed under the gerontology minor. This may include the three unit-based PBD practicum, unless a waiver is granted by the department. In special circumstances, students may request to take elective courses outside of the gerontology department with approval by the Gerontology Undergraduate Chair.

Students must also complete a practicum unless a waiver is received.