Information for

Master of Science (MSc) in Kinesiology

Residency/Time limit, proposal and thesis requirements

All students should meet with their graduate supervisor early during the first term to complete a Degree Requirements & Proposed Program of Study Form.

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:

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

When nearing degree time limits; you will receive notification from the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator.

You are required to submit a Petition for Extension of Program Time Limit Form (PDF) and obtain approval from both your advisor and the Kinesiology Associate Chair (Graduate) for the first 3 terms of degree time limits extension.

After these 3 terms, you will also require approval from the Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean (Graduate) and be required to submit a Progress Report and Detailed Plan for Completion of Degree Program along with the extension form. The progress report must be signed by you, your thesis supervisor and ALL committee members.

If the petition is not approved, you will be discontinued from your program. 

Students who fail to submit a petition form will be de-registered and will have a Required to Withdraw decision applied to their academic record and must reapply (to a future term).

Petition submission and approval deadlines in departments are: 

  • Fall – September 15
  • Winter – January 15
  • Spring – May 15


Each incoming MSc thesis student has been assigned a graduate supervisor to help in getting oriented in the program, selecting courses, and serving on thesis committees. 

Degree requirements

Thesis option:

Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)


  • Completion of a minimum of 2.00 units of graduate courses (e.g., 4 courses each at a 0.50 unit weight) and 2 seminars. Of the courses, at least 0.50 units must be related to quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as research methods, modelling, mathematics, or statistics. All graduate courses except seminars must be assigned a numerical grade. Students must obtain an average of at least 72% 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.
  • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR graduate seminars:
    • KIN 670A Seminar I
    • KIN 670B Seminar II

Link(s) to courses

Academic Integrity Workshop

Master’s Thesis

  • Thesis Proposal: Following successful completion of coursework, each student will be required to compete a Master’s thesis proposal. The proposal involves a written document related to the student’s thesis area. The thesis project and proposal is 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 the home Department).
  • Thesis Defence: Each student is required to submit a written 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, which is normally the same Advisory Committee as the thesis proposal.

Other requirements 

  • Student evaluation: A review of each student's progress by both the supervisor and the 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.