Future graduate students

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Graduate studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

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 collaborate 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 and relevant journey of discovery.

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 (MA Recreation and Leisure Studies, '19) worked with the Fairmont group of hotels to investigate the impact of corporate social responsibility initiatives by the hotel chain. Watch Joseph's road trip adventure as he travelled from Waterloo to Alberta to conduct his research in Banff. 

Ranked #1 for leisure research

Leisure for Canadian textbook

Waterloo's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has been ranked #1 in North America for leisure studies research

Transforming systems for a healthy future