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Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School of the student’s admission.

Admission to or award of a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.

Application Process

Following Graduate School deadlines, all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at:  

When completing the Graduate School application, please answer the following essay questions in your personal statement:

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Gerontology
  • Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, (b) your career goals in relation to Gerontology and (c) the specific topic in Gerontology in which you are most interested

Official transcripts
Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Letters of Reference
The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Questions about the application process? Call Andrea at 859-218-2021.

Certificate Director
Graham D. Rowles, Ph.D.
Professor of Gerontology
Graduate Center for Gerontology
J527 Kentucky Clinic
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0284
(859) 218-0145

Certificate Coordinator
Andrea Perkins
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 204A
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 218-2021