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Health and Aging, M.A.


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M.A. Degree


Admission


The M.A. offers students a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and aging. Admission to the M.A. degree program requires an average of B+ or better in an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent. Upon admission, students will be accepted into the one year course work and research paper option. Students must apply for the two-year course work and thesis option during their first term of studies.

Degree Requirements


Students will have two options for completing their M.A.

A. Course Work and Research Paper Option (one year)


Students will be required to complete six (6) half courses, including:

  1. HLTH AGE *701 Social Science Perspectives on Health and Aging , and HLTH AGE *702 Research Methods and Design in Studies of Health and Aging 
  2. Four elective courses offered by Health, Aging and Society or by another department or academic unit (provided that permission has been obtained from those departments or academic units). One of the four courses can be taken as an independent study with a faculty member (HLTH AGE *706 Independent Study ). Only two of the four elective courses may be taken in a department or academic unit other than Health, Aging and Society.
  3. A research paper (7500-8500 words, excluding references) supervised by a core or associate faculty member. The research paper will be read by the supervisor and another faculty member. (If the supervisor is an associate member, then the second reader must be a core faculty member selected by the supervisor in consultation with the student).

B. Course Work and Thesis Option (two years)


Students will be required to complete four (4) half courses, including:

  1. HLTH AGE *701 Social Science Perspectives on Health and Aging , and HLTH AGE *702 Research Methods and Design in Studies of Health and Aging 
  2. Two elective courses offered by Health, Aging and Society or by another department or academic unit (provided that permission has been obtained from those departments or academic units). One of the two courses may be taken as an independent study with a faculty member (HLTH AGE *706 Independent Study ). Only one of the two elective courses may be taken in a department or academic unit other than Health, Aging & Society.
  3. A thesis that involves original and independent research (20,000-25,000 words excluding references) supervised by a core faculty member or an associate member if approved by the graduate committee. The thesis will be orally examined by a committee including the supervisor and two other faculty selected by the thesis supervisor in consultation with the student.

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