School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Aging and Health

Aging & Health

“All Aging and Health programs have online course requirements as well as mandatory on-site sessions held in Kingston, Ontario.”  


"The MSc Aging and Health Program at Queen's University is extremely topical as interest in all things boomer escalates.  The opening on site session was very helpful in letting us meet our classmates and professors in person before we moved into the online phase of the program.  The course materials are thought provoking and challenge our definitions of what it means to age and to have freedom of choice.  I feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this program in its inaugural year .”

Alida Moffatt, M.Sc. student in Aging and Health

Program Contact

Gerri Lyman
Research & Post Professional Programs Graduate Assistant
Louise D. Acton
31 George St.
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6,

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 75302







Program Overview

Queen’s University Graduate Diploma (GDip), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) in Aging and Health are innovative new programs that provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of aging, with a focus on health and healthy living. Students will develop multi-disciplinary knowledge of individual aging processes, the effect of aging on social systems, and the policies needed to support healthy aging.  


The GDip, MSc and PhD programs in Aging and Heath are tailored to meet the evolving needs of today’s student. These programs are offered in a blended format that includes on-site intensives and on-line components. Participants will enjoy the professional networking and experiential opportunities of an on-site program with the benefits of distance learning flexibility.  

Career Paths - Employment opportunities

The Queen’s University GDip, MSc and PhD in Aging and Health position graduates for success in a variety of settings that serve the growing population of older adults including government, for-profit and non-profit organizations. Students in the PhD program will also be prepared for positions in research, and academia.  

Degrees Offered

G.Dip.: 8 Months

M.Sc.: 12 months

Ph.D.: 48 months

Method of Completion

“All Aging and Health programs have online course requirements as well as mandatory on-site sessions held in Kingston, Ontario.”  

GDip: Five term courses (includes two core) completed over eight months

MSc: Seven term courses (three core and four electives) plus a project, completed over 12 months

PhD: Four term courses, comprehensive examination and thesis, completed over 48 months

Core Courses: Masters

AGHE 800 Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services

AGHE 802 Ethics and Biomedical Ethics of Aging

AGHE 811 Normal Aging Processes

Core Courses: PhD

AGHE 901 Knowledge Translation and Uptake

AGHE 903 Critical Analysis of Theories of Aging

Sample Elective Courses:

AGHE 804 Health and Social Systems for Older Adults

AGHE 814 Mobility and Functioning amongst Older Adults

AGHE 812 Religion, Spiritual Health and Aging

AGHE 815 Chronic Conditions and Self-Management

AGHE 819 Planning for Age Friendly Communities

Students in the MSc program will complete a project that develops skills for critical appraisal and integration of evidence to address a defined question related to aging and health.

Students in the PhD program will conduct independent research to complete a thesis addressing a defined research question related to aging and health. Supervisors for the PhD reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program. 

Academic Prerequisites, Deadlines, Fees & Funding

Academic Prerequisites

A B+ average or above from any four year undergraduate degree program or equivalent. For admission to the PhD program applicants should have a master’s degree in a related discipline.

A current CV should be submitted directly to the Program Assistant by email upon application.

Applicants to the PhD, MSc (AH) and GDip (AH) are required to submit two references. At least one academic reference is required for students who have graduated less than five years prior to application. Applicants who have graduated more than five years prior to application are not required to submit an academic reference. Referees should be either previous or current supervisors (professional or academic).

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 550 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.


IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Key Dates & Deadline

Application Deadline:

G.Dip & M.Sc. - April 1st.

Ph.D. - February 15th

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application prior to the deadline as decisions will be made promptly following that date.


  • Application Fee:  $110
  • GDip, MSc and PhD students will pay an annual program fee that will cover the cost of accommodation and meals during the onsite sessions, as well as some course-related learning materials throughout the program.

  • Information on tuition, the program fee and other fees are available through Queen’s University Office of the University Registrar website
  • Please note that the program fee amount is available in the Fall/Winter Graduate and Professional Programs Fee Schedules.

Funding (for Doctoral Students)  

Please contact Dr. Kathleen Norman, Associate Director (Research & Post-Professional Programs) -

Learning Outcomes
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