Gerontology, Concentration in Interior Design
Certificate Degree: Graduate Certificate Program Type: Online Interest: Interior Design

As the demographics of the United States, and the world, increasingly shift toward an older population, a need to understand implications of the built environment on the quality of life of older individuals exists. 

The aging population represents a rapid increase in the number of people 65 years of age and older from 39.6 million in 2009 to 92 million in 2060 (based on data from the US Administration on Aging (2013).) This focus has brought an increased awareness on the impact the built environment has on individuals and their health. 

This combination of gerontology and interior design provides a specialized area of focus that complements a broader graduate degree or offers a mid-career professional a more focused understanding of the relationship between the design of an environment and its aging occupants.

Who should consider this program?
  • M.A. students in gerontology
  • M.S. students in interior design and architecture
  • Professionals desiring additional credentials or certification, such as:
    • senior housing professionals
    • architects
    • engineers
    • interior designers
    • realtors
    • government services administrators
    • hospital and nursing administrators
    • health care workers
    • code officials

Tuition & Fees For Gerontology: Interior Design

Application & Admission

The graduate certificate program requires application and acceptance into: 

  1. UNO Graduate Studies Graduate Admission and;
  2. UNO Graduate Certificate Program (this applies to UNL and UNMC students also)

Call 402.554.2272 if you would like a brochure and paper application.

For more information, please contact:

Julie L. Masters, Ph.D. - University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Department of Gerontology
310 Nebraska Hall - 901 North 17th Street Lincoln, NE 68588-0562
402-554-3953 (UNO) and 402-472-0754 (UNL)

Get additional information including admission requirements and deadlines.

Program & Courses

The cooperative certificate program in gerontology and design is offered through UNO and is a collaboration between:

  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology and,
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture Interior Design Program

Requires the completion of 18 credit hours of courses.

  • Gerontology courses (15 credit hours)
  • Practicum course (3 credit hours)
    Previous aging-related professional experience may fulfill up to 1/2 of the practicum requirement.
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

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