Future graduate students

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Graduate studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Building on foundational knowledge, our graduate programs put scholarship in the context of real-world issues. Whether the end goal is a career in academia or the public or private sector, our programs allow students to explore complex concepts, generate new knowledge and learn from a global network of researchers and organizations.

Our professors are collaborating with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society to identify health risks, and to advance knowledge, programs, and policies to improve quality of life and health across the life course. They are also working with social service agencies, national parks personnel, the World Tourism Organization and other organizations to optimize enhancement of our lives through leisure.

Whether upgrading your education with a course-based master's program, or embarking on a research-based master's or doctoral program, you can look forward to an inspiring, connected, relevant journey of discovery.

Waterloo’s Intellectual Property Policy #73

Unlike many other universities in Canada, graduate students and faculty members at the University of Waterloo retain rights to the intellectual property they develop at the university.

Grad life, from a grad perspective

What does it look like to be a graduate student at the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences? Watch our "Life of a Grad Student" video series to see.

Joseph Skeete is working on his MA Recreation and Leisure Studies. Watch Joseph's road trip adventure as he travels from Waterloo to Alberta to conduct research in Banff. Working with the Fairmont group of hotels, Joseph investigates the impact of corporate social responsibility initiatives by the hotel chain.   

Get started

    Review program possibilities and potential supervisors (for thesis-based programs) in your area of interest, consult the admission requirements and application process for your chosen program. For more information, contact a graduate studies representative here in Applied Health Sciences.

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