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MA in Health and Aging

The Masters in Health and Aging takes a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary and historical topics in the study of health and/or aging.

Health and Aging

The MA in Health and Aging takes a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary and historical topics in the study of health and/or aging. Faculty in the department have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, political science, human geography, social work and economics.

The objective of the program is to provide students with knowledge of the many contemporary academic disciplines and debates, and societal and system issues, that relate to health and aging, and the ability to formulate and convey critical opinions and arguments in relation to them.

Program Details

The Program

The MA program in Health and Aging provides students with an opportunity to think critically and creatively and to develop a theoretical foundation in the social sciences and advance their research and analytical skills.

Students have two options in achieving the MA degree

One Year Program: This option takes 12 months to complete. It features two terms of course work (six courses) and a major research paper (MRP) completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Two Year Program: Once accepted into the program, students may apply for the two year degree option that requires course work in the first year (four courses) and a thesis in the second year that is based on original research under the supervision of a faculty member. The program attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and offers a broad-based understanding of the key issues and debates in the study of aging or health. Students can choose to focus on health or aging or both in their studies.

Program Details

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Admissions

Applications will be accepted starting in November. Admission to the MA degree program requires an average of B+ or better, in an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent, in a related field. The M.A. in Health and Aging encourages students from any academic background to apply provided the student has an interest in the social sciences.

To apply, begin by creating an online application: http://www.mcmaster.ca/ola/grad.html. All applications will be submitted to the Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee. You will be expected to include:

  1. all academic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution;
  2. two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work;
  3. statement of interest (2 pages maximum);
  4. a sample of writing;
  5. resumé/CV. If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score or other evidence of competency in English must also be submitted.

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Contact Us

For additional information regarding the PhD program, please contact Kristine Espiritu (Graduate Administrative Assistant): espirit@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 x27035.