18 months
13304 CAD/module
6326 CAD/module
Tuition fee
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The Family Studies and Gerontology program from Mount Saint Vincent University will help you develop a deep understanding of the key issues that affect this field: family dynamics and development, or individual and population aging.

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You can focus your studies on Family Studies or on Gerontology. Family Studies considers individuals and families across the life-course, as well as the programs and policies that affect families. Gerontology focuses on issues related to aging and the challenges that older persons encounters.

We welcome international applicants to our graduate programs, and we encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible so that sufficient time is allocated for obtaining a student visa. Please visit our university’s International Education Centre for information about timelines for applying for study permits.

Advancing Your Career

A Family Studies and Gerontology program from Mount Saint Vincent University can help you become a leader, and educator, or a researcher in your field. Graduates of our Master’s programs in Family Studies and Gerontology are pursuing careers in aging, community or family services, family life education, community development, social work, and more.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods 
  • Fundamentals of Social Gerontology 
  • Family Life Education 
  • Aging, Health and Community
  • Family Relations Across the Life Course
  • Critical Theories in Family Studies and Gerontology 
  • Family Violence Across the Life Course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree in family studies, gerontology, sociology, psychology or related health profession (e.g., social work, nursing, health education, pharmacy) with a minimum of a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last 10.0 units of study. 
  • An undergraduate research methods course and an undergraduate statistics course will also be required, as background preparation for GFSG 6606-required. As part of their application, students will also complete a “Statement of Intent” letter, which is part of the Supplementary Information package for graduate admission. 
  • In this statement, they will briefly outline their knowledge of and purpose in applying to our program, identify their future career goals, and comment on how completion of the program will help them achieve these goals. They will also comment on how their past work, volunteer, academic experiences may be helpful in their intended program of study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13304 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13304 CAD per module during 18 months.
  • National

    6326 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6326 CAD per module during 18 months.
  • National: (6 courses) $6,326
  • International: (6 courses) $13304

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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