Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Learn Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Aging

Grand Canyon University's Graduate Certificate of Completion in Geropsychology is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, nursing, communications or a similar field. The program is designed for anyone wishing to use an advanced study of psychology to improve the lives and care of aging populations.

Available through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this geropsychology certificate program allows you to use theories and research as influence toward positive changes in physical and mental health being carried out through our healthcare delivery system. Topics of study in the Graduate Certificate of Completion in Geropsychology program include assisting aging adults and their families with anxiety, depression and physical issues associated with the aging process. You also conduct research on physical and mental conditions related to aging such as dementia and Alzheimer's, and other effects placed upon the body and mind during the latter stages of the life cycle.

Degree Outcomes

Understand Human Development and Fragility

Explore the combined effects biology, psychology, physiology and sociology have on later stages of our lifespan. A geropsychology certificate helps you better understand the physical changes, thoughts and emotions associated with aging, along with a deeper exploration of internal and external factors that influence our behaviors, priorities and actions later in life.

Through reading, research and peer discussions, you gain a better grasp on what influences aging populations. Your study will help you better influence both the aging population and the contributing social, cultural and psychological factors.

What You Will Learn

Study Factors That Influence Aging Populations

Course topics include:

  • Sociology of aging
  • Assisting aging adults and families
  • Social and cultural dimensions of death and dying
  • Physical health and the biology of aging
  • Psychological, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of aging

Career Outcomes

Research and Make Recommendations to Improve Well-Being

As the overall population ages, the demand for new and existing forms of occupational help and study increases, whether in an office, clinical, hospital or government setting. You can also advance toward further education through graduate or doctoral degrees, and conduct research related to physical and mental conditions associated with aging.

Program Domains

Course List

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16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a critical examination of social policies and systems which affect aging and retirement. The impact of multiple social contexts such as family, employment, work, and religion are examined.

Course Description

This course introduces the concept of death in society. Students examine research, theories, and case studies on the sociocultural dimensions of death and dying with a focus on end of life issues and grief management.

Course Description

This course examines the biological principles and research that explain the causes of aging. An investigation into the human experience of biological aging, longevity, and age-related disease is made in order promote and modulate successful aging.

Course Description

This course examines the psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of aging. There is a focus on promoting positive aging and increasing well-being. Prerequisite: PSY-630.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (9 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.