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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 2024 term Winter 2025 term Summer 2025 term

AGHE 803 – Demography and Geography of Aging

AGHE 818 - Rethinking Aging and Dying 

AGHE 821 – Aging and Mental Health

AGHE 810 - Epidemiology of Aging

AGHE 816 – Pharmacology and Aging

AGHE 830 – Legal Considerations in Aging

AGHE 831 - Social Justive in Aging and Health

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 September 6, 2023

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.

Participation in the on-site intensives is mandatory, other than in cases of exceptional extenuating circumstance. AGHE MSc students pay to cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the on-site intensives. Students are required to fund their travel to and from Kingston. 

Admission & Fees

Please note that the application portal for Fall 2024 admissions is now open.

The application deadline to apply to the Aging and Health Master of Science program is April 22, 2024.

Please contact the Graduate Assistant ( if you have any questions. 


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 and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA) online application site.

Note: If you receive and accept an offer of admission to the program, we will require you to make arrangements for us to receive an official hard copy transcript that shows that the degree has been granted and the date of graduation, for each degree completed, from the university’s Registrar’s Office (or equivalent).

The transcripts should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA), Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6.

Two reference letters are required. At least one of these reference must be an academic reference for applicants who have graduated from university less than five years prior to application. Applicants who have graduated from their most recent degree more than five years prior may submit exclusively professional references if they wish. Referees should be either previous or current supervisors of the applicant's work (professional or academic). 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).

Your referees will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs via email, and asked to provide their reference using an online reference form. The referees listed will NOT be contacted until your application has been successfully submitted and the application fee has been received.

Applicants are required to list any skills and abilities that you feel are relevant to your area of study. Please include any leadership experience, continuing education, community involvement, etc. in this section.

Additionally, applicants can provide employment information in order of relevance to your area of study.

The statement of interest should outline career goals, how a MSc in Aging and Health will help achieve those goals, and articulate your interest in the field of aging and health.

Satisfactory results in an accepted English language proficiency test must be confirmed as part of the application process. The list of accepted tests of English language proficiency and the minimum score(s) required for admission into graduate programs can be found on the Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs web site.

Tuition and Intensive Fees

AGHE MSc students pay to cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the on-site intensives. Students are required to fund their travel to and from Kingston.

Information on tuition and other fees are available through Queen’s University Office of the University Registrar website

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 and Postdoctoral Affairs Studies website.