MA in Aging Studies - Social Science


  1. Admission to the Graduate School at Wichita State University;
  2. A grade point average of 2.750 (4.000 system); 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 deadlines are: July 15 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; April 15 for summer 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 717Health Communications and Aging3
AGE 765The Medicare System3
AGE 798Interprofessional Perspectives on Aging3
AGE 818Advanced Biological Perspectives of Aging3
HP 800Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice2
HP 801Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice1
Social Science Concentration
AGE 813Advanced Sociological Perspectives of Aging3
AGE 814Advanced Psychological Perspectives of Aging3
AGE 804Social Policy and Aging3
ElectiveSelect one 500 or higher level elective3
AGE Culminating Experience
Select one of the following culminating experiences:3
Thesis Research (3 credit hours)
Aging Studies Practicum
Administrator-in-Training Long-Term Care Practicum
Any 3-credit-hour graduate-level course in AGE or PHS could count as an elective with advisor approval. Outside graduate level courses in SCWK may also be considered. Consult a graduate advisor for approval.
Total Credit Hours30

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.

Applied Learning

Students in the Master of Arts in aging studies programs are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from these programs. The requirement can be met by completing the following course requirements: AGE 717.