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Admission Information: MA in Health & Aging

Admission Information: MA in Health & Aging


The application period for 2015-16 (September 2015 entry) is now CLOSED.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2015

The application period for 2016-17 (September 2016 entry) will open in October/November 2015.


Admission to the MA degree program requires an average of B+ or better, in an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent, in a related field.


NOTE:  Applicants to the MA program in Health & Aging are also strongly encouraged to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's 2014-15 Competition (Scholarship Competition Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014), provided they meet the eligibility requirements.


There are TWO REQUIRED components to the application for  the MA in Health & Aging:  1) Online Application; and 2) Supporting Documents.

ONLINE APPLICATION:  To apply for the MA in Health & Aging, begin by creating an ONLINE APPLICATION.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  In addition to completing the online application, all applicants will submit to the Department's Graduate Admissions Committee:


  • All academic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution (must be in an officially sealed envelope).  This includes transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of student exchange programs.  Transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY to the Department of Health, Aging & Society office (mailing address below) from the issuing institution.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work.  All referees are required to complete the Electronic Reference (e-Reference) form, which can be accessed through your online application.
  • ELECTRONIC Statement of Interest (2 pages maximum.  Must be sent BY E-MAIL to Kristine Espiritu, Administrative Assistant,  Your Statement of Interest should clearly communicate:
          • Your reasons for pursuing the MA program in Health & Aging
          • Your specific research interests and focus.  The relevance of your specific research to health and/or aging studies
          • The approach/methods used to tackle your research problem
          • Your academic preparedness to undertake and complete your research, and predicted training outcomes
  • ELECTRONIC Sample of Writing.  Must be sent BY E-MAIL to Kristine Espiritu, Administrative Assistant,
  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score or other evidence of competency in English 
  • ELECTRONIC resumé/CV.  Must be sent BY E-MAIL to Kristine Espiritu, Administrative Assistant,


Please send all supporting documents to:

Department of Health, Aging & Society
c/o Kristine Espiritu
Kenneth Taylor Hall 226
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4


For more information on the application process, please visit the School of Graduate Studies web site.

For additional information regarding the MA program, please contact Lori Ewing (Administrator) or Kristine Espiritu (Administrative Assistant).

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