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As a distinctive, comprehensive university of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, based in the liberal arts, Concordia University Chicago equips men and women to lead and serve with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected world.





PhD/EdD, Leadership: Gerontology Specialization

The PhD and EdD programs in Leadership with a specialization in Gerontology provide a multidisciplinary framework from which to respond to existing age-related questions, and intensive, in-depth training for those who want unique preparation for leadership roles for addressing issues related to aging. The doctoral candidate’s knowledge base of research methods and theoretical perspectives encompasses various social and basic science disciplines rather than rely on a single disciplinary approach to aging and leadership. This PhD program in leadership and gerontology produces highly qualified and trained social scientists that have training in research methodology and its application in an aging society. The EdD program in leadership and gerontology produces highly qualified and trained stewards of gerontological leadership trained in applied gerontology. Candidates of this degree may actively engage in research, teaching, or service in academic or nonacademic settings. [Source: AGHE Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatric Programs, 2008]

The longevity revolution and growing numbers of people associated with an aging population is creating the need for advanced multidisciplinary study in gerontology. This doctoral program in gerontology reflects the need for expanding the knowledge base in the field and training in the profession. Graduates of our program will be armed with specialized training and will be well positioned to assume leadership roles as a gerontologist in government, healthcare or academic settings. To learn more about the PhD/EdD in Leadership with a Gerontology specialization, contact Concordia University Chicago today.


Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Gerontology hosted a lecture by June Andrews, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Stirling University, Scotland. Professor Andrews, RMN, RGN, FRCN, discussed worldwide best care practices for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She also discussed When Someone You Know Has Dementia: Practical Advice for Families and Caregivers. As Director of the Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre for over a decade, Andrews has made a profound impact on health care in the U.K. and worldwide.

Professor Andrews supports other health and social care teams as a coach and mentor, and has led successful teams for three decades. Most recently, she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, the highest honor that the RCN can bestow.

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EdD Practitioner Track:

  • Practical Applications of Gerontological Leadership
  • Financial and Legal Issues in Gerontological Leadership
  • Research Design
  • Methods of Action Research Inquiry
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research

PhD Researcher Track:

  • Research Design
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Statistics
  • Survey Research