Creating a healthier future
As the world's first Department of Kinesiology, 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.
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- October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)
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.
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)
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.
The study of Kinesiology spans the breadth of cellular, biophysical and psycho-social parameters which affect and effect movement in the realm of sport, work, play, dance, exercise and disease.
Applicants to the master or doctoral program apply to study in one of three areas: biomechanics, neuroscience or physiology and nutrition. Within these areas, there is a strong emphasis on aging, injury and disease prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation.
Given the multidisciplinary nature of Kinesiology, undergraduates and graduates students with an interest in biology, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy, engineering, systems design, physics, health studies, sociology, social psychology or psychology are encouraged to apply.