Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology with a specialization in Long-Term Careprogram is in the BGSU College of Health and Human Services.   

  • Masters Available
  • Offered Online
  • Masters Available
  • Offered Online

Master of Science

Interdisciplinary Gerontology

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology (MSIG) with a specialization in Long-Term Care (LTC) provides an interdisciplinary education in aging studies that prepares individuals to be administrators of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care, hospice and other home and community-based services.

Completion in as little as
4 semesters

Online  Courses

 Start Dates
3 Per Year

 Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Length
Most are 7 weeks

About the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology (MSIG) with a specialization in Long-Term Care (LTC)

The MSIG LTC program at BGSU is a flexible, professional degree that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis through online classes. It is the only National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board (NAB) and Health Services Executive (HSE) accredited graduate long-term care program in Ohio. This allows a license to have more portability between states, professions and job promotion. Students graduating from an HSE program are eligible to take the licensure exams for assisted living, nursing home and home and community-based services administration. The MSIG LTC program includes the nationally required 1,000-hour internship, which is the only face-to-face requirement of the program, so students are eligible to sit for licensure for federal, state of Ohio, and many additional states who accept reciprocity from NAB accredited programs.  

Unmatched Student Support

BGSU is the only university in Ohio and only one of ten in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. The eCampus team proudly offers a one-stop-shop experience for all of your questions. Our main goal is simple: your success from registration to graduation 


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Why complete this degree at BGSU

  • Courses are 100% online and can be completed on a full-time basis or on a part-time basis for working professionals (internship is face-to-face)
  • The only NAB-accredited graduate long-term care program in Ohio and one of a select few available across the United States
  • HSE-approved means graduates can take the licensure exams for assisted living, nursing home, and home and community-based services 
  • Graduating from a NAB, HSE program means your license will have more portability between states, professions, and job promotion 
  • The Administrator in Training (AIT) provides additional practical training and experience in the students’ local areas 
  •  A low faculty-to-student ratio means small class sizes and individualized attention
  • Expert and caring faculty with experience in the field


  • 12 online courses
  • Tuition estimate-$17,268
  • Finish in 4 or 8 semesters
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Strengths

  • BGSU is one of only a handful of universities in the United States that has earned the Quality Matters Online Learner Support Certificate, the gold standard for online support services.
  • Broaden your professional career opportunities
  • The program can be completed in a minimum of 4 semesters.
  • The curriculum pattern is flexible to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Faculty and student engagement in the classroom is exceptional.
  • Faculty are experts in the field and all hold graduate or doctorate degrees


  • GERO 6010: Current Perspectives in Gerontology (3)
  • GERO 6100: Aging Policy and Programs (3)
  • GERO 5105: Principles of Assisted Living and Home and Community-Based Services (3)
  • MHSA 6310: Human Resources and Leadership Development (3)
  • GERO 6020: Health and Aging (3)
  • GERO 6530: Research Methods in Gerontology (3)
  • GERO 5110: Principles of Nursing Home Administration (3)
  • GERO 5500: Health Care Finance (3)
  • GERO 6250: Administration of Aging Programs (3)
  • MHSA 6400: Healthcare Law and Ethics (3)
  • GERO 6860: Directed Practicum/Administrator in Training (AIT)/Internship (3)
  • GERO 6860: Directed Practicum/AIT (3)

Professional opportunities

Graduates of the MSIG LTC program are prepared for careers as administrators of nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Graduates are also prepared to work for social service and non-profit agencies such as county aging services and Area Agencies on Aging. Other professional opportunities include the areas of policy and outreach within healthcare organizations, as well as local, county and state health programs.


Cheyenne Abrego - ProMedica Senior Care - Perrysburg Commons

"My experience in the MSIG LTC program was absolutely amazing. The professors went above and beyond to make sure we understood the material and could relate it to our desired career paths, which made a motivating learning environment. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and BGSU will forever hold a place in my heart."

BGSU Degree | World-class faculty | 7 week online courses 

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. To gain regular status admission, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants between 2.7 and 3.0 may be considered for conditional status, and those below 2.7 may be considered for special status. Applicants are required to submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where degrees were earned must be submitted.

Applicants are also required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if the GPA is below 3.0.

All applicants must submit a personal statement outlining past academic and/or professional experience, future career goals, and interest in gerontology and long-term care administration. Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic and professional promise are also required.

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Application Online

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee. If for some reason all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.


Submit Official Collegiate Transcripts

Request official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The Office of Transfer Evaluation will then evaluate your official transcript for possible credit towards your degree. Official transcripts should be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


eCampus Enrollment Specialist Will Help you Enroll

Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete.  At that point, you will receive an email from an eCampus enrollment specialist with instructions for registration.

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Health and Human Services


Graduates of the MSIG LTC program will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of long-term services and support (LTSS) systems, understand the role of each in the continuum of care, and be able to describe the differences between them.
  • Learn and experience all of the domains of practice in long-term care administration. 
  • Integrate concepts and theories to address gerontological research topics. 
  • Critically assess the quality of gerontology research and identify appropriate research questions and issues to improve the discipline in practical ways. 
  • Apply classroom knowledge within organizations and agencies, while helping to shape policy and advocacy regarding aging-related issues.

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)

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Updated: 07/27/2022 03:19PM