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Program and Application Information
Program Coordinator:Dr. Susan Ray-Degges
Department Phone:(701) 231-7218
Application Deadline:Based on first major requirements.
Degrees Offered:Ph.D. Dual Major
English Proficiency Requirements:Based on first major requirements.

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (dual-major) option in Gerontology at North Dakota State University provides unique opportunities to study and conduct research in this growing and exciting field. The Gerontology Ph.D. at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is a dual-major linking a discipline based Plan of Study with an interdisciplinary perspective on aging. Depending on your specific area of interest, students will combine academic coursework in a primary major (Developmental Science, Exercise Science and Nutrition, or Occupational and Adult Education) with a secondary dual-major in Gerontology. The mission of the Gerontology Ph.D. is to promote aging-related research and education at North Dakota State University that uses a discipline based perspective that serves to enhance the length and quality of life.

Admission Requirements

Based on first major requirements.

In addition to meeting the requirements for the first major, the following Gerontology requirements must be completed.

ADHM 705Environment and Aging3
HDFS 722Methods and Theories in Gerontology3
HDFS 760Aging Policy3
HDFS 816Advanced Human Development III: Middle through Late Adulthood3
HNES 652Nutrition, Health and Aging3
or HNES 726 Nutrition in Wellness
or HNES 727 Physical Activity Epidemiology

Other Requirements:

  • Dissertation on a Gerontology-related topic.
  • Committee chair from the home department.
  • At least two committee members from the approved Gerontology faculty list, one who must be from the home program area.