Graduate Diploma And Master Of Gerontology

Graduate Diploma And Master Of Gerontology
The rapidly ageing population in Singapore and concomitant need for trained professionals in the health, social and psychological services gives rise to the imperative for a Master of Gerontology programme. As the needs of older persons are specialised, dedicated attention within the training to their characteristics as well as ageing process, demand an interdisciplinary Gerontology programme. Singapore University of Social Sciences​'s Master of Gerontology, with a Graduate Diploma option is the first in Singapore to offer a holistic training for a rewarding career in the eldercare and silver sector. Graduates from the Programme will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills to be leaders and consultants in the field of gerontology. They will be prepared to perform challenging roles and functions in both government and private sectors.​

Unique features of the programme:
  • • Enrol for any standalone module of your interest ​
  • • Exciting array of modules and range of lecturers from local and overseas contexts​
  • • Blend of theoretical and practical teaching modes
  • • Flexible enrolment by individual modules for credits

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of at least IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) [IELTS/TOEFL score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application] IF:

• your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium university, OR
• your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

Additional admission requirements may be applicable to some programmes.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by the Singapore University of Social Sciences from time to time.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes. The decision of the Admissions Committee of the University is final and binding. The University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.
Students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate with a Master.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:
• 30 cu of Core Courses
• 30 cu of Electives in Specialisation Track (Practitioner, Management and Research)

Next Available Intake
July 2020

Application Closing Date
15 March 2020

Tuition Fee
For current tuition fee, click here.


The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here​ for more details.


VWO's Charities Capability Fund (VCF) - For Counselling, Social Work and Gerontology programmes only
To apply for VCF Funding, please visit the NCSS website. Applicants from health-related organisations should check with their respective organisations and health clusters for possible sponsorship. For Gerontology Programme: Interested VWO staff can be advised to apply for VCF under non pre-approval on a case by case basis.​
Alice Lim Memorial Fund 
To apply for Alice Lim Memorial Fund, please click here for more details. ​

Study Grant

Anonymous donors are sponsoring study grants for needy students pursing the this graduate programmes at Singapore University of Social Science​s. Please click here​ for more details.

SkillsFuture Study Award for Healthcare and Social Sectors

Applicants may apply for the study award for Healthcare Sector which is worth $5000. Please refer to the following website for details:​​​

SkillsFuture Fellowships

The SkillsFuture Fellowships are for Singapore Citizens with at least 10 years of working experience in the same, or related, industries or job functions. The award is worth $10,000 and further details are available in the following link:​​​

  1. 1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma (GDGER) & Master of Gerontology (MGER)? 
    One intake a year; every July. 

  2. 2. What is the duration to complete the GDGER & MGER? 
    GDGER is a 1-year programme and MGER is another 1-year programme. 

  3. 3. What is the maximum candidature for GDGER and MGER? 
    The maximum candidature for GDGER is 2 years and additional 2 years for MGER. 

  4. 4. When are the lessons scheduled? 
    Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour, except for RSS 501 which is scheduled on Wednesday evenings.

  5. 5. Currently I'm currently holding a full-time job, how should I go about completing the MGER internship?
    The internship can be arranged with Singapore University of Social Sciences​'s appointed supervisor to accommodate to your full-time work schedule. 

  6. 6. How long is the duration for MGER internship? 
    2 semesters (1 year) usually from year 2 onwards when students have completed the 6 compulsory courses under Graduate Diploma in Gerontology. Students have to clock 200 hours within this timeframe. 

  7. 7. Is it the students' responsibility to look for internship partners or will Singapore University of Social Sciences assist? 
    Students are advised to suggest their preferred agencies for internship. Ultimately, Singapore University of Social Sciences will assign them with a supervisor and agency. 

  8. 8. How long will the dissertation take? 
    Students can take up to 9 months to complete the dissertation.
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