Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Kinesiology - Work and Health

The program information below is valid for the spring 2019 term (May 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • Must be completed within 12 terms (full time) from completion of the Master’s degree.
    • Students must have permission of the Department Graduate Committee to continue enrolment beyond term limits.
    • Students are expected to devote as much time as is necessary to complete their thesis within this timeline.
    • Students must be continuously enrolled at the University to the end of the term in which they complete the degree requirements.
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A Master's degree with a minimum 75% average in a relevant field (normally Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, or Health Studies and Gerontology, but other degrees in Life, Behavioural and Social Sciences could be suitable as well).
    • Letter stating research interests and why the student wishes to pursue graduate studies.
  • Application materials 
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
    • Writing sample
      • Submit one copy of a term paper, research project or thesis written during the last year of their master's studies.
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      from faculty members who taught the student while in a Master's program. Normally, 1 must be from the Master’s supervisor.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students will normally complete a minimum of 2.00 units of graduate courses (e.g. 4 courses each at a 0.50 unit weight), that must include the courses listed below. All graduate courses must be assigned a numerical grade. Students must obtain an average of at least 75% in the set of courses which they present in fulfilment of course requirements. A grade below 70% on any individual course or an average below 75% on the set of courses for the degree will result in a review of the student’s status by the Department Graduate Committee. If a student receives a grade in any individual course below 60%, the Department Graduate Committee review may result in the requirement to withdraw from the program. If the student is permitted to proceed, any course with a grade below 60% will not be eligible towards the degree requirements, thus requiring the course to be repeated or additional course work to be completed.
    • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR graduate seminars:
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Professional Development Seminar
    • Students are required to complete a series of professional development seminars and workshops throughout their program of study.
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • Each student is required to write a comprehensive examination and complete an oral examination on selected aspects of the written examination.
    • Students will complete the comprehensive examinations as required by their home Department. At least one of the comprehensive examination committee members will be appointed from a Department other than the home Department but within the collaborative program in Work and Health.
    • The comprehensive examinations will normally occur on completion of the student’s coursework and will begin during the fourth term of their program.
    • Students should consult the Department of Kinesiology Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for details concerning the administration procedure for this examination. When the written and oral examinations have been completed, the PhD comprehensive Examination Committee must arrive at one of the following decisions:
      • Accepted (Passed)
      • Accepted Conditionally
      • Decision Deferred (Re-examination)
      • Rejected (Failed)
    • If the decision is "Decision Deferred (Re-examination)", students must complete this requirement no later than the end of the term following the term in which they initially attempted the comprehensive examinations. Re-examination does not necessarily imply a re-examination of both the written and oral aspects of the examination. If the decision is "Rejected (Failed)" the candidate is required to withdraw from the program.
  • PhD Thesis
    • Thesis Proposal: Following successful completion of the comprehensive exam, each student will be required to compete a PhD thesis proposal. The proposal involves a written document related to the student’s thesis area. The thesis project and proposal are developed in consultation with the supervisor. Each student must orally defend the thesis proposal to the Advisory Committee, consisting of the supervisor (or co-supervisors), and two other members (one of which must be from a home Department within the collaborative program in Work and Health). A chair to oversee the oral thesis proposal defense will be appointed by the home Department.
    • Thesis Defence: Each student is required to submit a thesis embodying the results of original research carried out under the direction of an Advisory Committee headed by the supervisor. The candidate defends the thesis before an Examining Committee approved by the Department Graduate Committee. The Examining Board should consist of the Advisory Committee (see thesis proposal above), an additional member that is external to the Department (referred to as the internal-external), and finally an additional member that is external to the University (referred to as the external examiner).
    • The thesis will be in an area relevant to Work and Health.
  • Other requirements 
    • Student evaluation: A review of each student's progress by both the supervisor and Department Graduate Committee takes place each year. Students are evaluated on several criteria, including performance in courses, progress towards course and milestone completion, thesis progress, scholarly activity, and research and teaching assistantship activity.