MSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences (thesis)

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Creating a healthier future 

As the world's first Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, we continue to ignite an interdisciplinary approach to optimize health, prevent injury and illness, and extend the years of high-quality life.

Our nationally and internationally recognized and respected master's program provides the opportunity to understand cellular to societal implications of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle - preparing you for careers in a wide range of health fields. 

Application deadlines 

  • February 1 (for admission in September)
  • Contact department for admission in January and May

Considerations for international students before submitting an application:

  • While the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo values international students in our graduate programs, we can only accept a small proportion of these students. 
  • Guaranteed funding packages may not be able to cover all tuition and living expenses incurred during a graduate program and students are encouraged to understand more about the cost of completing their graduate program before applying.

Resources: Funding and Awards

Program overview 

The thesis-based Master of Science program aims to advance knowledge in human health and movement sciences, and to foster a unique interdisciplinary research approach.  Course work and research is focused in three fields: Biomechanics, Neuroscience or Physiology and Nutrition.  You'll acquire sufficient knowledge to pursue research at a superior level, develop a facility with quantitative methods, and obtain an understanding of the components that together make up the multidiscipline of kinesiology.

Admission requirements| How to apply | Tuition fees | Estimated living costs

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The minimum residence requirement for the MSc thesis degree is two terms full-time from an Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

All requirements for the MSc thesis degree in Kinesiology must normally be completed within the following time periods:

  • Full-time: 6 terms (2 years)
  • Part-time: 15 terms (5 years)  

Degree requirements


Applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of each faculty member. Before you apply, it is recommended that you contact the individual faculty member to communicate your interest and confirm whether they are accepting new students to supervise. To learn more about our faculty members – including their research interests – visit our professor profiles.

As a thesis MSc graduate, you will be well-prepared to carry on with doctoral studies, proceed to professional health programs or take higher standing positions in the private sector.