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Master of Science (MSc)

Master of Science

How does the Master of Science (MSc) in Aging and Health Program Work?

Program Overview

The MSc in Aging and Health has been designed to be completed at a distance by working professionals. The program is offered full-time (12 months), through a blended format of online learning and short onsite sessions in Kingston. The blended format of onsite intensives and online components couples networking and experiential opportunities with the flexibility of distance learning. 

MSc 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 findings from either qualitative or quantitative standpoints in healthy aging and diseases and disorders of older adults
  3. Able to provide in-depth analysis of ethical dilemmas experienced by older adults and those who care for older clients in society
  4. Able to undertake a project in the community to enhance the understanding of care and compassion for those who are aging



MSc in Aging and Health students are required to take 3 core courses (9 credits), 4 elective courses (12 credits), and a master’s project over 12 months (3 terms – fall, winter, spring/summer). The program schedule is mapped out in the graphic above.

The core courses are (all courses are 3-credit-unit courses):

  • AGHE 800 – Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services
  • AGHE 802 – Ethics and Aging
  • AGHE 811 – Issues in Aging and Health
  • AGHE 898 – Master’s Project

The elective courses, and terms they are being offered, are available below (all courses are 3.0 credit-unit courses). Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change.

Fall 2022 term Winter 2023 term Summer 2023 term

AGHE 803 – Demography and Geography of Aging

AGHE 812 – Religion, Spirituality Health and Aging

AGHE 821 – Aging and Mental Health

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. 

The MSc in Aging and Health program is unique in that it is truly multi-disciplinary and offered in a blended on-site/on-line learning format. There are two on-site sessions (3-4 days each) and the remainder of the program is completed through online coursework and interaction with the professors and fellow students. Registered students are not required to actually live in Kingston. Onsite session attendance is mandatory for MSc in Aging and Health students. 

  • First onsite session is in August
  • Second onsite session is in late March/early April

These onsite sessions are held at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, a conference facility on the Queen’s University Campus.

MSc in Aging and Health students will pay an annual program fee that covers the cost of accommodation and meals during the onsite session, as well as some course-related learning materials throughout the program. For more information on the program fee please go to the Admission & Fees section.

Admission & Fees

Deadline to Apply - April 1st

For admission to the Master of Science, 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 – martina.mcallister@queensu.ca.

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

AGHE MSc students will pay a mandatory 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.