The curriculum for the Graduate Center for Gerontology consists of 43 hours of coursework within a doctoral program of study that involves six interlocking elements:
- a required core in gerontology,
- specialized training in a substantive domain selected from clusters of related disciplines,
- training in gerontology and geriatrics-related research methodologies,
- grounding in public health concepts,
- a qualifying examination, and
- a dissertation.
Emphasis on the interaction between social sciences, biomedical sciences, and the humanities, permeates the entire curriculum and core seminars are taught by representative faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.