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New Gerontology PhD program launches fall ’09

April 3, 2008

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SFU will introduce a new PhD program in gerontology in September 2008 that builds on the gerontology department’s successful master’s program, the first and largest of its kind in Canada. The four-year doctoral program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will coincide with the gerontology department’s two current streams of study — aging and environment, and health and aging.

Gerontology professor and department chair Andrew Wister says the new program is timely for a number of reasons. First, the country’s aging population has raised the visibility and importance of gerontology and created enormous demand to fill aging-related jobs in academia, government, NGOs and the private sector.

Second, there has been a significant expansion in the number of undergraduate and graduate programs offering aging and gerontology training, which places SFU at the cutting edge of a rapidly developing discipline.

Third, the synergies between the gerontology program and SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre will give PhD students an enriched educational and training experience and opportunities to apply their skills in a research setting.

Admission to the doctoral program will require a master’s degree in gerontology or a master’s degree from another discipline in which a significant amount of coursework and/or thesis research has dealt with aging or the aged. Those not meeting these requirements will need to take preparatory coursework equivalent to a master’s degree in gerontology or aging studies.
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