McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall 212
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4L8

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health, Aging & Society
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Gerontology
Description The M.A. in Health & Aging is an interdisciplinary study of social and cultural aspects of health and aging. Complementing an attention to key conceptual and methodological debates in the social sciences, this degree highlights a number of key research fields in the study of health and/or aging, such as: social-cultural dimensions of health and aging; systems, services and policy; and environments and health inequalities. The M.A. program in Health & Aging allows students to advance their education and training in social scientific research practices. The program emphasizes the importance of formulating and conveying a critical analysis of contemporary issues and challenges with regard to health and/or aging. Students are encouraged to develop an independent program of research in health studies, aging studies or at the intersection of the two areas of study.
Website: Health and Aging (Course Work plus Major Research Paper) at McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies
Course Based? Yes
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:

Provincial: $8,939.16
National: $8,939.16

Cost per year is based on the 2017-2018 academic year, and represents tuition cost for three semesters. Mandatory supplementary fees are not included. Please see website for complete cost breakdown.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Applicants whose university studies were completed at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (official letter from the institution is required). The English Language Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date. The most common English Language Proficiency exams: TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based), minimum of 20 per band (please use TOEFL department code 080 (Other Social Sciences)); and IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section. Other English Language Proficiency exams may be accepted.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

Applicants are required to have: an Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field; an average of B+ or better in the final two years of full-time undergraduate studies (or equivalent); and a strong interest in health and/or aging studies.