Gerontology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The MA in Gerontology prepares students for professional or academic roles requiring specialization in aging. It is for those with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline and who have completed coursework in aging.


If you want to study all aspects of human aging, from the larger perspective of society to the special perspective of the older person, then you will be interested in this program. Study the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging.

There are four program components: a core methods course; electives; Thesis or Capstone Project; and internship.

Students complete seven courses: one core; and six electives chosen from the two concentrations. Students who complete a thesis in lieu of the project will take two less electives.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Health Policy & Applied Issues in Gerontology
  • Development and Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults
  • Analytical Techniques for Gerontological Research
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods in Gerontology
  • Advanced Statistics for Behavioural Analysis in Gerontology
  • Interdisciplinary Theories in Gerontology
  • Community Based Housing for Older People
  • Institutional Living Environments
  • Principles and Practices of Health Promotion/Population Health
  • Families, Communities, and Health
  • Mental Health & Illness in Later Life
  • Aging in a Technological World
  • Special Topics in Gerontology: Topics vary
  • Directed Studies
  • MA Project
  • MA Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

Full-time studies are recommended. Each year a limited number of students may be accepted for part-time studies. If a student is accepted on a part time basis they must be available to take classes in the daytime during the week. The Masters in Gerontology is not available via distance education.

List of Documents to be Uploaded
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Work / Volunteer Experience in Gerontology
  • CV including scholarly work
  • Statement of Research Interest
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post secondary institutions (see above)
  • Writing Sample (optional but recommended)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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