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Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5957, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

12 course quarter credits.

PSL5002
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners (4 quarter credits)
PSL5007
Introduction to Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
HS5993
Human Services Integrative Project* (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

28 course quarter credits.

HS5510
Survey of Current Issues in Gerontology (4 quarter credits)
HS5514
Social and Cultural Aspects of Aging (4 quarter credits)
HS5518
Biological and Health Aspects of Aging (4 quarter credits)
HS5522
Psychology of Development and Aging (4 quarter credits)
HS5526
The Family in Later Life (4 quarter credits)
HS5531
Community Advocacy for Aging Populations (4 quarter credits)
HS5534
Leading Across the Continuum of Care (4 quarter credits)

Two Elective Course

8 course quarter credits or choose any graduate course.

Recommended elective course:

HS5597
Human Service Professional Development* (4 quarter credits)
HS6001
Practicum 1: Short-Term Supervised Field Experience* (4 quarter credits)

OR

Choose any graduate course(s).

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5957, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.