The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

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 except seminars (and KIN 775) 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. Unsatisfactory academic performance in any one course will result in a review of the candidate's status by the Department Graduate Committee. If a student with a failed course is permitted to continue, additional work may be required to clear the failure in that course or an additional course may be required to replace the failed course. Alternatively, the student may be required to repeat part or all of the program.
      • KIN 730 Fundamentals of Work and Health (0.50 units)
      • KIN 731 Approaches to Research in Work and Health (0.50 units)
      • 0.50 units of graduate level statistics/research methods
    • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR course:
      • KIN 775 Key Issues and Concerns in Kinesiology
    • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR graduate seminars:
      • KIN 732A Work and Health Research Seminar I
      • KIN 732B Work and Health Research Seminar II
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • 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 during the month of September 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.