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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Our History and Program Highlight


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History of CSULB Gerontology Program

The Gerontology Program at CSULB began in 1977. The Master’s program has been admitting students since 1993. In that same year the Center for Successful Aging was established at CSULB to promote aging-related research, training, and community service. The Gerontology Programs and Center are supported by over 40 faculty in more than 20 departments throughout the campus who offer more than 35 courses related to aging. Age-related master’s degrees are also available in Health Care Administration, Nursing, and Social Work for qualified applicants.

Please refer to Universtiy Catalog for degree descriptions.


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Gerontology Program Highlight

  • CSULB has offered a gerontology certificate program for over 30 years, having recognized early the need for the study of aging by university students.
  • CSULB is one of only a handful of CSU campuses to offer a Master of Science degree in Gerontology.This program has been accepting students since 1993.
  • Two graduates of our Master of Science in Gerontology program have served as executive directors of local Area Agencies on Aging.
  • Graduates of both our certificate and master’s programs are employed in both public and private agencies throughout the region and internationally.
  • The gerontology program offers all university students the opportunity to learn about aging through a popular general education course that meets the recent legislative mandate that the CSU “provide academic courses and training in the field of gerontology for professional service delivery personnel providing services to the senior population”. (CA Assembly Bill 2202, 2003).
  • A graduate of our MS in Gerontology Program was recently selected as the distinguished alumna for the College of Health and Human Services for work in the field of aging.
  • Gerontology faculty have been active members of committees to develop strategic plans for aging in both the city of Long Beach and Los Angeles County.
  • Gerontology faculty and students have the opportunity to work with the CSULB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in mutually beneficial programs and research.
  • The Gerontology Program promotes interdisciplinary learning, research, and service in partnership with local community organizations in support of successful aging.
  • The Gerontology Program and the CSULB Center for Successful Aging periodically co-sponsor educational conferences for seniors and professionals to share current knowledge and research about aging.
  • The Gerontology Program at CSULB offers students an opportunity to take course work in a variety of disciplines.
  • CSULB has over 40 faculty interested in the field of aging who contribute actively through education, research, and service.
  • Gerontology Program faculty and alumni along with other CSULB faculty regularly present papers at the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging annual conferences.
  • Gerontology Program faculty and students actively participate in the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics, the CSU Gerontology Interest Group and summits, and are members and/or fellows of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, and the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners.
  • The Gerontology Program has a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the National Academic and Professional Honor Society in Gerontology
  • The Gerontology Program has received several scholarships from both private individuals/families and organizations in the community that assist both Certificate and Master’s students during their academic careers.
  • CSULB is situated in an urban area with a multi-cultural aging population that provides many opportunities for learning, service, and research.