Master of Applied Gerontology

Older people form a significant proportion of the population. As a result, health promotion and health care services for older people are the core business of today’s health care.

The Master of Applied Gerontology (MAG) professional degree at Brock University is designed for health professionals who work in the field of gerontology and recent graduates from a range of undergraduate programs who intend to pursue a professional gerontological health career.

The goal of this program is to advance theoretical and applied gerontological practice knowledge and skills.

The MAG prepares graduates to positively influence gerontological health practice, program administration, and the health and well-being of the aging population through innovative policy and practice approaches in the field of gerontology.

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About The MAG Program

The MAG program is delivered to full-time students over 12 months, including a 300 hour practicum course.

This interdisciplinary graduate program is grounded in a holistic approach to aging, health and well-being and has been designed for flexibility to personalize a curriculum of theory and application best suited to each student’s unique needs related to their profession.

The program is organized around key pillars of gerontological best practice knowledge and skills related to psychological, cultural, biological and cognitive aspects of aging, with a focus on both physical and mental health.

Learning experiences include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory
  • seminar-based coursework, and
  • a practicum experience with older people and organizations within the gerontological field. 

In the practicum course, students will gain practical experience with a mentor, applying theoretical learning in a gerontological health setting.

Transferrable Skills

  • Advocacy for older persons and communities
  • Working in interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams
  • Translating current research into practice and policy
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Time management and organization
  • Evidence-based leadership

The MAG degree includes:

  • 10 half-credit courses
  • One credit practicum course of 300 hours with a gerontological health program
  • Core courses in gerontology, communication, physical and physiological aspects of aging, mental health, interprofessional practice, program planning and evaluation
  • A variety of elective courses including mobility, community services, death and dying, health behaviour change, psychology, and specialized physiology topics related to aging
  • Direct care for older persons and their families
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Program management
  • Municipal and regional government programs
  • Provincial and federal government departments
  • Social service agencies
  • Community health centres
  • Hospital-based programs
  • Gerontological health research
  • Providing gerontological expertise for private sector business and industry
  • Health professional educator
  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree in a health related field
  • Minimum 75% (B) GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be an academic referee)


ENTRY: September entry only

FUNDING: This is not a funded program. Students are eligible to apply for scholarships.


  • Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
  • Applicants should apply as early as possible.
  • Please note, that applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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Take part in the one credit, 300 hours practicum course with a gerontological health program.


“Providing a placement for a Brock MAG student has been an outstanding and rewarding experience for our organization.  The student provided the much- needed hands on assistance to our programs!”

Sherry Cain Executive Director West Niagara Palliative Care Services, Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers, Community Hospice 

“We had such a rich and fulfilling experience. The knowledge transfer worked both ways in that she was able to learn from our patient population and we were blessed with a fresh set of eye. Our facility benefited from this shared experience and would recommend students from this program in the future. We hope that Brock will look to us again in the future.”

Jennifer Hansen RN, BScN, MH, Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing , Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre  

“It has been an absolutely pleasure having a MAG student as a part of our Home Support Exercise Program team for the last few months. It was evident quickly that she is passionate about working with the Older Adult population, and that she genuinely wants to be a part of promoting their independence and safety in the community as they age in place. Our clients that have worked with her have had a wonderful experience that they deeply valued! She applied her knowledge daily in the field, while working within her scope and adhering to our Organizations policies and practices. Her findings were very well put together and will be helpful for us in continuing to improve our Exercise Program and offerings for consumers. We’ve had a truly great experience with her, so much so that we’ve offered her employment with us.” 

Emily Liefl  Community Support Supervisor , Niagara Assisted Living Outreach (NALO) North & HNHB Home Support Exercise Program 

Virtual Open House - Information on the Master of Applied Gerontology program at Brock

Frequently Asked Questions

The MAG is a course based graduate program. Students are not required to find a supervisor, as there is no research component to the program. 

The MAG program is not funded. Students are eligible to apply for scholarships. 

The MAG program is only offered full-time. 

The entrance averages each year are solely dependent on the current applicant pool. You can still apply with an average less than 75%, but no less than 72%.  

Successful completion of four-year bachelor’s degree in a healthrelated field such as kinesiology, nursing, recreation and leisure, health science, medical science, public health, physical education, psychology or equivalent.  

The application process is entirely online through Brock University Next Step. 

For program specific application information, visit the 

Application materials must all be submitted online. Mailed and/or faxed documents will not be accepted. 

February 15th however applications will be accepted and processed until the program is full. 

There is one (1) practicum course that is 300hrs hours in length and occurs in the Spring/Summer term of each academic year.  

Current practicum sites include organizations where health care and/or community support services are provided (public or private) to older adults. Settings may include long term care homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, retirement homes, assisted living and/or supportive housing settings, public health programshome care agencies as well as a variety of community support service agencies 

Practicum positions are posted on an internal site for MAG students. Students are required to apply to the specific practicum site/community partner and will participate in an interview. Successful applicants are chosen by the community partner. Practicums are coordinated and approved by the MAG program in a variety of different heath care and communitybased organizations whose target population includes older adults. 


Yes, absolutely. We welcome applications from anyone with a health or health related undergraduate degree in addition to professional and/or life experience working with older adults. In this type of situation, we recommend submitting two professional references as part of your application. In addition, please address this unique situation in your letter of intent.

Alison Amos

MAG Graduate Testimonial


Going back to school as a mature student was a bit daunting. The experience was made easier however with all the resources available to new students at Brock and that the professors in the MAG program are very approachable and helped whenever I reached out to them.  I have to admit I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be surrounded by students much younger than me, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Overall, the MAG program isboth challenging and rewarding, and I feel it has prepared me to take on new career opportunities,  ideally in palliative care.

Alison Amos, Emergency Room Business Clerk 

Brock MAG graduate testimonial - Sydney Pullia

Message from the Graduate Program Director

The Master of Applied Gerontology (MAG) at Brock University is a unique program in Ontario. It has been developed in consultation with professionals in the Niagara community who provide services to older adults.

In response, we have designed the MAG to meet the needs of the Niagara community and North America’s aging population.

The MAG program at Brock University will provide a highly skilled pool of graduates to businesses and agencies that provide health and social services to older adults. We are excited to offer another program at Brock that will allow our graduates to have a direct impact on people’s lives.

Due to the applied nature of the MAG in combination with its strategic health focus and practicum, we are confident our graduates will be well positioned to help meet the needs and existing gaps which have been identified by community as being of urgent importance.

I am pleased to share that there has been significant interest from students identifying a strong interest in this career path.

I encourage anyone with questions to contact me or Brock Graduate Studies.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Lynn McCleary, PhD

Dr. Lynn McCleary, Master of Applied Gerontology Graduate Program Director.
Dr. Lynn McCleary, Master of Applied Gerontology Graduate Program Director.
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Contact information

Tracey Schenck
Master of Applied Gerontology Program Coordinator
Office: STH 351
905 688 5550 x4560

Lauryn Carrick
905 688 5550 x5197

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