MA in Aging Studies - Administration


  1. Admission to the Graduate School at Wichita State University;
  2. A grade point average of 2.750 (4.000) system, in the last 60 credit hours of their bachelor’s degree; and
  3.  International applicants must have a score higher than 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL examination, an overall minimum band score of 6.5 on the IELTS examination, or a score of 58 on the PTE-Academic examination.

Additional supporting documents:

  1.  Contact information for two professional references;
  2. A one-page personal statement reflective of their desire for admittance to the aging studies program; and
  3. Documentation of computer literacy including word processing, email, file attachments and Internet searches within the personal statement. Students are highly encouraged to review the information found on the Wichita State Office of Online Learning website, paying particular attention to the Introduction to Online Learning, and Computer Skills and Preparation information.

To be reviewed for admission, applicants should do the following:

  1. Submit the designated application for admission and supporting transcripts to the Graduate School; and
  2. Submit the additional supporting documents to the program director, by email (preferred);

    or by mail:

Aging Studies Program Director
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 43
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0043

The priority application deadline is July 15 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission. Applications are reviewed when the application and supporting documents are received by the program director. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by the Graduate School. Upon enrollment, he or she will be assessed a $50 nonrefundable acceptance fee. For additional details, please see the program website.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
AGE 622Public Health and Aging3
AGE 717Health Communications and Aging3
AGE 765The Medicare System3
AGE 798Interprofessional Perspectives on Aging3
AGE 804Aging Programs & Policies3
AGE 818Advanced Biological Perspectives of Aging3
HP 800Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice2
HP 801Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice1
Administration Concentration
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Systems in Long-Term Care
Principles of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Health Care Policy and Administration
Health Economics
Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations
Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations
Financing Health Care Services
Concepts of Quality in Health Care
AGE Culminating Experience
Select one of the following culminating experiences:6
Thesis Research (3 credit hours)
Thesis (3 credit hours)
Aging Studies Practicum
Administrator-in-Training Long-Term Care Practicum
Select 6 credit hours from the following AGE electives:
Diversity and Aging
Women and Aging
Age, Work and Retirement
Images of Aging in the Media
Dying, Death and Bereavement
Introduction to Sexuality and Aging
Caregiving and Aging
Selected Topics in Aging Studies
Aging Network Seminar
Economic Insecurity
Systems in Long-Term Care
Physical Dimensions of Aging
Total Credit Hours39

Students are expected to meet with their faculty advisor and create their plan of study following the completion of 12 graduate credit hours, as discussed in the Graduate School section of the Graduate Catalog.