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Admission Information: MA in Health & Aging

Admission Information: MA in Health & Aging


The application period for 2016-17 (September 2016 entry) is CLOSED.


The application period for 2017-18 (September 2017 entry) will OPEN in November 2016.


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


Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed by the Department.


NOTE:  Applicants to the MA program in Health & Aging are also strongly encouraged to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's 2015-16 Competition (Scholarship Competition Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015), provided they meet the eligibility requirements.


There are TWO REQUIRED components for the application to 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.


Online applications may be SAVED and accessed at a later time for completion.  Only SUBMITTED applications will be accessible to the Department for review.   After an application is SUBMITTED, please send an e-mail to Kristine Espiritu () to advise your online application is complete.


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 references are required to complete an ELECTRONIC Reference (e-Reference).  By entering the email address of your reference through your online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. If, for some reason, you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send to your references for completion.  Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the reference DIRECTLY to Kristine Espiritu by e-mail () or to the mailing address below.
  • ELECTRONIC Statement of Interest (Maximum 2 pages, double-spaced. References page(s) should be single-spaced and do not count towards the maximum 2-page limit).  Must be UPLOADED as a PDF attachment through your online application on the "Upload Documents" page.  Your Statement of Interest should clearly communicate:
          • 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 UPLOADED as a PDF attachment through your online application on the "Upload Documents" page.
  • ELECTRONIC resumé/CV.  Must be UPLOADED as a PDF attachment through your online application on the "Upload Documents" page.
  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score or other evidence of competency in English.  Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree in which English is the language of instruction.


Please send all (hard copy) 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 Kristine Espiritu (Administrative Assistant) or Lori Ewing (Administrator).

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