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Department of Gerontology - UNO and UNL campuses
Department of Gerontology


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Congratulation Graduates
Thank you Dr. Priscilla Quinn
Life's Leadership Lessons
Politics in Aging
Summer 2014 courses


Gerontology in Action

Contact Us

Department of Gerontology
CPACS Building Room 211
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
phone (Omaha): 402-554-2272
fax (Omaha): 402-554-2317

901 North 17 Street
310 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0562

Julie Masters, Ph.D., Chair
phone (Omaha): 402-554-3953
phone (Lincoln): 402-472-0754



Interview with Nisha Bengali, a student pursuing a Certificate in Gerontology

department of gerontology.

Education for the 21st century. The Department of Gerontology provides UNO and UNL students with an opportunity to learn of the issues and opportunities facing an aging population at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A Certificate in Gerontology (on campus and distance options) at either the undergraduate or graduate level is available for students wanting to round out an existing major through course work and practical experience working with elders.  

Students may also pursue a Minor in Gerontology  by focusing solely on coursework in the classroom.  

In addition, the department offers a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology through the UNO campus; a Specialization in gerontology at the doctoral level in conjunction with the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences; and three joint programs (M.A./J.D., M.A./M.L.S. and graduate certificate in Gerontology/J.D.) in partnership with the UNL College of Law. The joint program with the College of Law has been approved by University of Nebraska Board of Regents and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.

Key Components

  • Value of Gerontological Knowledge - Students pursuing a course of study in aging do so to complement an existing major such as nursing, family science, business, social work, public administration, and architecture.  Those selecting gerontology courses find the value in learning more about the aging experience as they develop skills to work with an ever increasing aging population.
  • Real Life Experience - For students pursuing a certificate in gerontology, practicums are arranged that afford students with real life experiences in working with agencies serving older adults and their families.  Several of our courses also offer a service learning component for those wanting more experience with this important and growing segment of the population.
  • Long-Standing History - Established in 1973 to address the needs of an aging population, the department of gerontology, through the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the primary provider of gerontological education at the undergraduate and graduate level on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses.


The department of gerontology is housed in 310 Nebraska Hall at UNL and in the newly renovated CPACS building at UNO. Courses are taught in various locations on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. Students are also able to take select on-line courses.  Practicums are arranged in consultation with the academic advisor, at aging organizations throughout Nebraska and in some cases, across the U.S.


Have questions or want more information about Gerontology programs? Fill out our Ask An Advisor form and an academic advisor will be in contact with you.

Last updated 5/1/2014 by Melanie Kiper, webmaster