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Gerontology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology (PhD in GRN) at the University of Kentucky is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide degree coordinated by the Graduate Center for Gerontology within the College of Public Health. 
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The Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology at the University of Kentucky places an emphasis on developing an understanding of the older person, from the level of the physiological and psychological effects of aging on the individual, to the influence of society as a whole, as well as research theory and practice in the field. Gerontology students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including laboratory sciences, healthcare, social sciences, and government and non-profit work; they go on to careers in teaching, service, and as national and international leaders in research on aging.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A Study of the Older Person 
  • Biology of Aging 
  • Human Aging and Adjustment

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

When applying you will need to submit:
  • A personal statement
  • Official GRE, GMAT, or MCAT scores ( The Admissions Committee requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0. Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores must show verbal and quantitative scores at the 50th percentile or better)
  • Scores are waived for applicants who have completed any of the following degrees earned from a U.S. institution – Ph.D, MD, D.M.D., DDS, PharmD, DVM, DO, DNP, DSc.
  • Official TOEFL scores must be submitted by international students from non-native English speaking countries.
  • Transcript(s)
  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
  • Contact info for 3 recommenders
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15112 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6363 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    6363 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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