PhD in Gerontology
The PhD in Gerontology program at Simon Fraser University provides advanced research training in gerontology grounded in an interdisciplinary theoretical foundation, current and prospective substantive issues, a range of research methods and statistical techniques, and knowledge to translate research into practice and policy.
The Department of Gerontology has a synergistic relationship with the Gerontology Research Centre that provides students with an enriched educational and training experience, as well as opportunities to apply their skills in an intellectually stimulating research environment.
Admission requires a Masters degree in Gerontology or other discipline in which a significant amount of coursework and/or thesis/project research deals with aging or the aged. Students will be evaluated on an individual basis. Those not meeting these requirements need to take preparatory coursework equivalent to a Masters in Gerontology or Aging Studies.
Candidates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. There must be supervisory capacity in the department to support the candidate’s research. Students must also meet University requirements for a doctoral level program, as per Graduate General Regulations 1.3.4.
This program consists of three core courses, two electives, comprehensive examinations and a thesis. Students may be required to complete up to two additional courses if deemed necessary by the admissions committee. Students may substitute up to three courses from other programs with departmental approval. Students may also complete one directed studies (GERO 889).
There are a variety of funding opportunities for students in the Gerontology PhD program - some are department specific and some are available to all students. Though our department is small relative to others in the university, most of our PhD students have received prestigious awards such as the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
If you are a Gerontology graduate student you must maintain full-time graduate registration (i.e., registration in a minimum of 2 courses or registration in GERO 898 or 899). Candidates must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to be considered for awards or bursaries and a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be considered for scholarships and fellowships. Full Terms of Reference
Application for ALL awards (unless noted otherwise) is made via the online graduate awards application system (GA3).
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