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Since Fall 2007, the Centre on Aging has provided University of Manitoba students with an opportunity to focus their graduate studies on aging-related topics.

The Graduate Specialization in Aging (GSA) will allow current registered graduate students attending the University of Manitoba, at either the Masters or Doctoral level, to gain additional expertise in the field of aging and to gain official recognition for that expertise.

The Graduate Specialization in Aging is open to graduate students at the University of Manitoba, whose thesis or *major project focuses on the area of aging.

*Graduate students who complete an advanced placement or practicum in their program, in lieu of completing a thesis

Taking the GSA will generally not alter the required courses that students would normally have to take as part of their graduate program, nor any other Department, College, or Faculty requirements. The two core courses can be taken as electives in the student’s program of studies. Being in the GSA, therefore, should typically not entail extending the length of time of the program of studies.


To be recognized as having completed the Graduate Specialization in Aging (GSA), normally students must have at least one committee member who is a Research Affiliate with the Centre on Aging and are required to complete:

  1. Two core courses entitled Social Aspects of Aging (CHSC 7710), and Health and Aging (CHSC 7720). Each core course is 3 credit hours.
    See course description in UM Graduate Studies academic catalog
  2. A thesis or *major project in the area of aging.
  3. A public presentation on the thesis (fulfilled by the thesis defense) or *major project.

*Graduate students who complete an advanced placement or practicum in their program, in lieu of completing a thesis

Obtaining the credentials

Interested students should complete the Intention to receive the Graduate Specialization in Aging form to indicate their intention to complete the GSA during their graduate program of studies.

As a prerequisite for the two core courses, any student outside of the Department of Community Health Sciences require instructor permission to register in one or both of these courses.

Upon meeting all the outlined requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Centre on Aging to inform staff that the GSA requirements have been met. Once the student requirements have been verified, Centre staff will make the necessary arrangements for a student to receive the graduate specialization in aging

For more information, please contact Rachel at the Centre on Aging

Phone: (204) 474-9854

Congratulations to our most recent graduates!

May 2018

Erin Egan, Brandy Stadnyk, Joshua McCullough, and Daniel Saltel (not pictured), were recipients of their Graduate Specialization in Aging at the 35th Annual Spring Research Symposium on May 7, 2018.

Graduate Specialization in Aging recipients at the 35th spring research symposium on May 7, 2018