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GRADUATE SPECIALIZATION IN AGING

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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.

Requirements 

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NEW: Starting in the 2017–2018 academic year, the Centre on Aging is requesting students who wish to pursue the Graduate Specialization in Aging (GSA) in addition to their graduate studies at the University of Manitoba, to complete the *Intention to receive the Graduate Specialization in Aging form to better keep in contact with interested students.
*Note: The form is a fillable PDF and should be saved to your computer before returning the completed form in full.

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
Email: Rachel.Ines@umanitoba.ca


Congratulations to our most recent graduates!

October 2017

Amanda Gravelle completed her Master’s of Science Degree (Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences). Her thesis focused on Factors associated with eating assistance among long-term care residents: a making the most of mealtimes (M3) analysis.

Master's of Science student Amanda receives her Graduate Specialization in Aging from Dr. Porter

Erin Egan completed her Master’s of Social Work Degree. Her advanced placement focused on Coping with diabetes: assessment and group work with older adults in primary care.

Brittany Sieradzki completed her Master’s of Science Degree (Family Social Sciences, Department of Community Health Sciences). Her thesis focused on Addressing the strengths and gaps in education and training for long term care staff who provide direct care to individuals living with dementia.

June 2017

Joshua McCullough completed his Master of Social Work in the Faculty of Social Work. His Advanced Field Practice focused on the Analysis of the creation of a Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Plan for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Long Term Care Program.

May 2017

Master students Shauna Zinnick and Eun Kyeong Do were recipients of their Graduate Specialization in Aging at the 34th Annual Spring Research Symposium on May 1, 2017.

Master's student Shauna receives her Graduate Specialization in Aging from Dr. Porter

Master's student Eun Kyeong receives her Graduate Specialization in Aging from Dr. Porter

Graduate Specialization in Aging is administerd by the Centre on Aging 

The Graduate Specialization in Aging is administered by the Centre on Aging


Recent GSA recipients (October 2017)

Erin Egan, Faculty of Social Work
Amanda Gravelle, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
Brittany Sieradzki, Department of Community Health Sciences

Joshua McCullough, Faculty of Social Work (June 2017)