Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Master’s in Applied Gerontology and a Master’s in Gerontology?
A Master’s in Gerontology has a focus on research whereas the degree you will receive from Brenau is one designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to use in your current career or to begin a new one.
What is the difference between the master’s degree and the certificate program?
The degree program consists of 30 credit hours (6 core requirements and 4 electives). The certificate program consists of 18 credit hours and is coordinated with the student’s advisor to meet individual needs.
What are the admission requirements for this program?
You must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.50 GPA. You must have taken either Introduction to Psychology or Human Growth and Development or their equivalent. GRE scores are not required.
Are all classes online? What is the format for online classes and how much time do they require?
Yes. There are no holidays or breaks in the online programs. We do have an annual Meet and Greet for those able to attend.
Courses are offered through the user-friendly Blackboard course management system that allows students the flexibility to access the classroom 24/7 as their schedules allow. On average, the course work requires between 10-14 hours per week.
Do I need to be a computer whiz to take online classes?
No. If you’ve sent an email or surfed the web, you have the basic skills you need. Tech support is available if you have questions or problems.
What are the minimum computer requirements for online courses?
You will need an IBM Clone or Apple Mac with a Pentium processor. You will also need Internet access (56K or faster; DSL or cable modem is highly recommended), an email account (provided by Brenau), programs recommended by your instructor (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel), a web browser and a printer. Be aware that the Blackboard system has known issues with AOL.
Note…the faster your system and its components, the faster you will be able to access your class. The above are basic requirements. Cable, DSL, and satellite access are best where available. WebTV generally is unacceptable because it does not have download and print capabilities.
How do I interact with my professor and fellow students?
Professors are accessible by email and telephone. You will interact with your fellow students primarily using the Blackboard system or email. Students also sometimes use phone or Skype for group projects.
Can I begin the program anytime?
We have rolling admissions which means you may apply at any time. Students who are formally accepted to the program may start at the beginning of any session (DI or D2) in fall or spring.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The degree program can be completed in one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students. The certificate program requires 18 cedit hours.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Brenau University offers financial aid in the form of federal Stafford loans for graduate students. Any student who wishes to apply must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can find out about available financial aid at Brenau by following this link http://www.brenau.edu/?page_id=2326
Keep in mind that new students must also complete all Brenau University admissions requirements and be fully accepted for admission before financial aid can be processed.
Can online students get ID cards?
Yes. Online students are eligible for a Brenau student ID card. You can apply online.