Recreation and Leisure Studies - MA at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Recreation and Leisure Studies 
Faculty Faculty of Health
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

May 1 (for admission in September). 

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Master's, Research
Length of program 24 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis, Coursework

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Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A four-year honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Recreation and Leisure Studies or related field with at least a 75% standing. If the overall undergraduate average is below 75%, consideration may be given to the applicant's performance during the final year of academic work.
  • Competency in written expression, including evidence of ability to conceptualize, organize ideas and reason.


Application material

  • Resume/Curriculum vitae
    • Indicating past academic and professional experience
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • Writing sample
    • Applicants must submit at least one substantial example of their work completed during the last two years of academic study. Students with professional experience may submit a professional report of which they were the sole or senior author
  • References
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Rebecca Zehr
519-888-4567, ext. 42505