Excellence in Aging Graduate Micro-Credential

student intern with elderly client.

Develop the skills you need to improve the care and well-being of older adults, their families and caregivers.

The Excellence in Aging micro-credential consists of two courses and a non-credit seminar series that prepare current and future professionals to successfully work with and on behalf of the older population. 

Skills you need. Proof you have them.

Gain a well-rounded, holistic experience in the field of aging through exposure to multiple topics and a range of content areas. This program will help to strengthen and increase the availability of providers, and enhance direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology. 

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Program Overview

These courses are open to graduate students from any major, as well as social work non-degree (non-matriculated) students.

You can complete this program fully online or as a hybrid. Upon completion of the courses, seminars and reflection paper, you will earn a micro-credential on your academic transcript, as well as a digital badge you can showcase on your digital résumé, social media profiles or e-portfolio.

Non-degree (non-matriculated) students

If you are not a UB student, and you wish to enroll in our courses but do not plan to pursue a degree, you may enroll as a non-degree or non-matriculating student. To do so, you must first apply and be approved for non-degree (non-matriculated) status before submitting the micro-credential application and registering for courses.

Receive New York Contact Hours for SW 706 and SW 721

SW 706 and SW 721 courses are approved for NYSED social work contact hours to renew your license registration. If you have a license in another state, check with your state regulatory board to determine if New York hours will be accepted in your state.

Use this form upon completion of a course to request a NYSED social work contact hours certificate.


Louanne Bakk.

Louanne Bakk
DSW Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Email: louanneb@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-1861