Gerontology: Graduate Specialization

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Gerontology

Your Future in Gerontology

The Gerontology Program collaborates with six departments; Education, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Work, Public Health and Sociology, to provide students with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning perspective. Students have the opportunity to access multifaceted resources and work together with complementary disciplines.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Gerontology is designed for students who have been admitted into the following Master's degree programs:

Research and theory in Gerontology is reviewed, and the thesis or major project taken in the collaborating academic unit will have a gerontological focus.

This Program has unique features. Renowned leaders in the field of gerontology interact with graduate students and faculty to provide critical comments and a contemporary viewpoint. In addition to class time, lectures, workshops, symposia and forums serve to augment the students’ learning experiences.

Forums for Interdisciplinary Gerontology are discussions where students and members of the community present research to professional service providers, faculty and other students.

Financial Awards and Assistance

Full-time graduate students may be offered assistantships for up to two years. A variety of funding sources are available such as, the Canadian Graduate Scholarships, Term Graduate Scholarships, Graduate Student Professional Bursary, and Ontario Graduate Scholarships. For more information, contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at (807) 343-8010 ext. 8785 or e-mail

Areas of Research

Accidents and Falls                 
Advanced Health Directives
Caregiver Issues
Coping Skills
Driving and Older Persons
Educational Needs of older people & Caregivers
Elder Abuse
Experiences of Aging
Healthy Aging
Medication Use
Rural aging and long-term care services
Palliative Care
Physical Activity
Physiology of Aging
Program Evaluation
Psychosocial Support
Qualitative Gerontology
Respite Care
Social Policy Issues

To apply to the Collaborative Graduate Program - Specialization in Gerontology, you must first apply to a Graduate Program in a Collaborating Department. Please go to Faculty of Graduate Studies' webpage for information on how to apply.  Please note that an additional application is required for the Specialization in Gerontology.