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The population around the world is rapidly aging and many countries around the world are becoming an aging society. People are living much longer, and the number of elders is continuously rising.  This substantial change in demography affects individuals, families, societies, and policy makers in all aspects.  Professionals with knowledge and expertise in the field of social gerontology will increasingly be in greater demand in the upcoming years.

The International Joint Master’s Degree in Population and Social Gerontology is the collaboration between Mahidol University and Miami University, USA.  The Program is structured that students spend their first year at Miami University and their second year at Mahidol University, and the degree is granted jointly by both Universities.  The Joint Master’s Degree in Population and Social Gerontology is the first of its kind in the world and offers unprecedented opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, as students move through the program as a cohort.  Administrative support and valuable research experience for students are provided by the Scripps Gerontology Center (Miami) and the Institute for Population and Social Research (Mahidol).

This two-year Program combines specialties in population and social research and gerontology studies of the two universities. It is specially developed to respond to the future's aging society and has a distinctive role to produce graduates equipped with expertise in research relating to the elderly in economic, social, cultural and health areas. Graduates of the Program can succeed as researchers, lecturers, policy analysts, marketing planners and social workers in this emerging field of aging.

After graduation, students will have

  • Both substantive and applied knowledge in population and social gerontology, leadership in public policy on aging population on the basis of ethics and morality
  • Ability to synthesize and combine multidisciplinary approaches/concepts in the areas of population, sociology in line with gerontology
  • Ability to combine community interaction related to aging policy in order to anchor pro and con paradox of aging population
  • Ability to effectively single out appropriate data and sources relating to population and social gerontology to be applied for public policy including skills of applying IT in the forms of publications and seminars/meeting.

Institute for Population and Social Researn at Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

:: Study Plan

(Total minimum 45 credit hours)

Year 1 at Miami University, USA

All required courses (11 credit hours)

GTY 602   Perspectives in Gerontology (3)
GTY 605   Proseminar (1)
GTY 608   Logic of Inquiry (4)
GTY 667   Policy and Politics in Aging (3)


Required course (10 credit hours)

GTY 611  Linking Research and Practice (3)
GTY 708  Quantitative Methods and Statistics (4)

Choose two of the following electives (3 credit hours each):

GTY 563  Gender and Aging (3)
GTY 572  Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)
GTY 576  Aging and Environment
GTY 585  Long Term Care in an Aging  Society (3)
GTY 684  Global Aging (3)
GTY 686  Global Health and Health Care System (3)
GTY 745  Sociology of Aging  (3)

May-July or August

Required course (Audit)

Summer Field Placement- in US or in Thailand
(5 to 10 credit hours; minimum of  5 credit hours) 

Year 2 at Mahidol University, Thailand
August - October

All required courses (6 credit hours)

PRRH 550 Substantive Demography (3)
PRRH 555 Analytical Techniques in Demography (3)

Obtober – December

Required course (6 credit hours)

PRPG 550 Aging Programs in Cross Cultural Contexts (3)
PRPG 552 Economics of Aging (3)

Students can choose from the following electives:
PRPG 552 Economics of Aging (3)
PRRH 510 Behavioral and Social Dimensions of AIDS (3)
PRRH 520 Reproductive Health: Perspectives & Issues (3)

January – August

Thesis  (12) Either in US or in Thailand

Students can choose from the following electives:
PRPG 551 Monitoring and Evaluating Social and Health  
Programs in Gerontology (3)
PRPG 553 Seminar in Population and Social Gerontology (3)
PRRH 565 Statistics for Social Analysis (3)
PRRH 566 Social  Research Methodology (3)
PRRH 630 Applied Social Research (3)


Download: Study Plan

Application and Admission

All applications and required document must be directly sent to:

Master of Arts Program in Population and Social Gerontology (International Program)

Qualification of applicants:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Test of English command is required: TOEFL (PBT of 500 or CBT of 173 or IBT 61) or IELTS (6.0)

Important deadlines :

March Closing application
August Beginning of first year study at Miami University, USA
August Beginning of second year study at Mahidol University, Thailand

* Please visit our website to see the date of deadlines.


All applications and complete required document must be directly sent to:
Master of Arts Program in Population and Social Gerontology (International Program)
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
Salaya, Puttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, 73170 Thailand

Current Students
Academic Year 2014 - 2015
Ms. Medina Adulyarat
5638717 PRPG/M
  Ms. Naphaporn Sapsopha
5638718 PRPG/M
Ms. Laura Marie Hahn
5638719 PRPG/M
  Ms. Jessica Elane Leytham
5638720 PRPG/M
Our Alumni >>
Student Activities :
  • AGING in Ohio : Population Age 65+ 2000 and 2010 by County

We are grateful to Ms. Parnnachat Tipsuk, a graduate student in the Master of Population and Social Gerontology program at Miami University, for her help on this project. This project was funded by a grant from the Ohio General Assembly through the Board of Regents to the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University


  • Ms. Courtney Joy Pycraft is teaching in English class.

For more information, please contact :

PloychompooMs. Ploychompoo Sukustit
Program Officer
Ph.D. Program in Demography
Institute for Population and Social Research
Mahidol University at Salaya
Putthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND

Tel +66 2 441-0201 ext. 303
Fax.  +66 2 441 9333
E-mail: ploychompoo.suk@mahidol.ac.th

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