Graduate Program and Certificates

Graduate Program Offerings in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University

The Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University offers two online graduate certificate programs, including the (1) Sociology Graduate Certificate, and the (2) Aging, Health and Society Graduate Certificate .



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Sociology Graduate Certificate  is comprised of six courses (18 credit hours) and can be completed in one full year (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer semesters). This program is designed to prepare students with a Master’s degree in another field to teach undergraduate sociology courses and/or serve as a foundation for the pursuit of other sociology-related graduate degreee.                                      




Health and Aging handsThe Aging, Health, and Society Graduate Certificate comprises four courses (12 credit hours) and serves to enhance students’ knowledge and skills related to aging, health, and healthcare policies/systems.  The program is designed to prepare students for careers in aging. This program can be completed in one year (i.e. Fall and Spring semesters). Students in the Aging, Health and Society Graduate Certificate program have the option to complete the North Carolina Administrator-in-Training (AIT) licensure program for Assisted Living facilities.




Neither certificate program has on-campus requirements. Courses are delivered entirely online and asynchronously. Graduate faculty are actively engaged with students in these programs through research, program evaluations, internships, and instructional development opportunities (in preparation for college teaching).

Those interested in these programs can apply here.

If you have any questions or would like to speak more about these programs, you are welcome to contact the Graduate Program Director, David Russell, PhD, at the following email address: