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Graduate Diploma (GDip)

Graduate Diploma

How does the Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Aging and Health Program Work?

Program Overview

We have recently altered the GDip in Aging and Health to enable more flexible completion. Students now have the option to complete the program in any two consecutive terms: i.e., fall and winter terms; or winter and summer terms; or summer and fall terms. Prospective students can now review the proposed timetable of courses, which is available in the program requirements section below, and apply to enter for the two consecutive terms that maximizes their ability to take electives of interest to them.

GDip in Aging and Health graduates will be able to:

  1. Prepared to work in positions that require a comprehensive knowledge of society and normal healthy aging,
  2. Able to analyze research and other forms of knowledge that inform efforts to support healthy aging of individuals in a diverse array of personal, community and societal circumstances and contexts,
  3. Able to provide critical analysis of policies, programs and/or systems that support healthy aging and/or those who care for older adults in society.

GDip in Aging and Health students are required to take 5 courses (15 credits) over two consecutive terms. The program schedule for the fall 2022 term through to summer 2023 is indicated below. Please be aware that this schedule could be subject to change.

Fall 2022 term Winter 2023 term Summer 2023 term

AGHE 802 – Ethics and Aging

AGHE 803 - Demography and Geography of Aging

AGHE 811 – Issues in Aging and Health

AGHE 812 – Religion, Spirituality Health and Aging

AGHE 821 – Aging and Mental Health

AGHE 800 – Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services

AGHE 810 – Epidemiology of Aging

AGHE 816 – Pharmacology and Aging

AGHE 830 – Legal Considerations in Aging

AGHE 804 – Health and Social Systems for Older Adults

AGHE 815 – Chronic Conditions and Self Management

AGHE 819 – Planning for Age Friendly Communities

AGHE 820 – Developing Educational Resources for Older Adults

 *Updated February 1, 2022

Courses listed in the Aging and Health Graduate Calendar represent the range of Aging and Health (AGHE) graduate course offerings in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. 

AGHE 800, AGHE 802, and AGHE 811 (see table in program requirements section for course titles) are all core courses for the Master of Science (MSc) in Aging and Health. GDip in Aging and Health students that choose to take the program when these courses are being offered are able to enroll. Students who choose this option should be aware that AGHE 802 and AGHE 811 are partially taught at the August on-site intensive in Kingston and will need to pay a program fee that covers the costs associated with the accommodation. Similar, AGHE 800 is partially taught in the late March/early April on-site intensive in Kingston and students will need to pay a program fee that covers the costs associated with the accommodation. For more information on the program fee please go to the Admission & Fees section.

Those students that choose to take exclusively other courses will not have to pay a program fee and only the tuition. Depending on course selection, GDip in Aging and Health students could take the program completely online.

Students who successfully complete the GDip in Aging and Health can be considered for advanced standing in the MSc program. Those wishing to enter the MSc in Aging and Health program following completion of the GDip program must apply directly for entry into the MSc program (and pay the applicable application fee). In order to be accepted with advanced standing, the application must be made to the MSc program within 5 years of completion of the GDip program. Once accepted, the student will complete up to three additional courses, plus a project course (AGHE 898), provided there have been no substantive changes in the MSc program requirements in the intervening years. Number of courses required is dependent on course selection during enrollment in the GDip program.

Admission & Fees

There are three routes of entry into the GDip in Aging and Health program every academic year:



Entry to take the program in fall and winter terms » apply by April 1, 2022


Entry to take the program in winter and summer terms » apply by October 1, 2022


Entry to take the program in summer and fall terms » apply by February 1, 2023

For admission to the Graduate Diploma, applicants must have a B+ average or above from any four year undergraduate degree program or equivalent.

At the time of application, official transcripts for all current and previous universities attended can be uploaded to the School of Graduate Studies online application site. Two hard copy originals for all current and previous study showing degree completion and conferral will be required for all applicants who accept an offer of admission. The transcripts should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6.

Applicants who have completed previous university education less than five years prior to application are strongly encouraged to have both references be academic, and at least one must be academic. The other may be a professional reference. Applicants who have graduated more than five years prior to application may submit professional references. Note: While academic references are strongly preferred, a reference may be submitted by an individual who can evaluate you in a performance setting related to your career, for example, professional, volunteer, or direct service environments. A professional referee is most likely a professional supervisor, or someone in a leadership position, and must address issues of particular relevance for graduate-level education (e.g., intellectual curiosity, initiative, self-direction, organization, ability to synthesize conflicting materials, written communication and oral presentation skills, etc.). An applicant's relationship to a professional referee could be collaborative in nature (e.g., having worked on a project or team together); however, the relationship should not be personal in nature (e.g., a family member, friend, or any other conflict of interest).

Upon submission of an application, the referees listed in the application automatically receive an email, which contains a link to the online reference form for that application. Therefore, hard copy reference letters are not required. If a referee prefers to submit a hard copy reference form or cannot submit online due to technical issues, the reference must be placed in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature on the seal and mailed to the School of Graduate Studies.

As well as employment history, the CV or Resume should also include continuing education, community involvement, scholarly publications, teaching experience, research experience, formal education and presentations, etc., as applicable. Submitted directly to the Graduate Assistant –

If required, a minimum TOEFL score of 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. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score. All required test scores must be received directly from the testing agency, before your application is complete. Test scores should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6.

Tuition and Fees

If GDip in Aging and Health students chose to take the courses (AGHE 800, 802, and 811) which are partially taught at one of the on-site intensives they will need to 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.

How to Apply?

Complete applications are reviewed and offers are made on an on-going basis by the program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

When you have completed all the sections, you can submit your application. At this point, you are asked to pay the non-refundable application fee on-line (currently $110 CDN). Remember, you must be able to pay the fee on-line with a Visa or MasterCard number, in order to complete your application on-line.

To continue your application process please proceed to
» School of Graduate Studies website.