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Master of Arts programs

The requirements for admission to the Master of Arts degree program include:

  • A four-year honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Recreation and Leisure Studies or related field with at least a B standing (75%). If the overall undergraduate average is below B, consideration may be given to the applicant's performance during the final year of academic work
  • Two letters of reference (if unable to supply two academic references, please obtain one academic and one from an employer)
  • Proof of competency in English (if applicable), including a TOEFL score of 600 (250 in the computerized version) and TWE score of 4.0 for students required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. (See Graduate Studies Calendar, Academic Regulations - English Language Proficiency Certification for other acceptable tests of English) 
  • Competency in written expression - including evidence of ability to conceptualize, organize ideas and reason
  • Applicants must submit 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
  • A curriculum vitae/resume indicating your past academic and professional experience

Students who do not meet the requirements outlined above may be considered for admission to a transitional, probationary or qualifying program depending on their academic background. (See Graduate Studies Calendar, Academic Regulations - Categories of Admission to the Master's Program.)

Doctoral programs

The requirements for admission to the PhD degree program include:

  • a Master of Arts degree (or its equivalent) in Recreation and Leisure Studies or related field, with a minimum B average in master's level coursework
  • completion of Master of Arts thesis 
  • proof of competency in English (if applicable), including a TOEFL score of 600 (250 in the computerized version) and TWE score of 4.0 for students required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. (See Graduate Studies Calendar, Academic Regulations - English Language Proficiency Certification for other acceptable tests of English.)

Each applicant must submit a written statement outlining his or her research interests, and three letters of reference (if unable to supply three academic references, please obtain two academic and one from an employer) and a curriculum vitae. In addition, students must submit a copy of  previous academic work, such as a term paper, published manuscript or master's thesis.

Application deadline

Application to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate programs requires the items below to be submitted by the February 1st application deadline for early consideration each year. 

Applications received after this deadline will continue to be accepted and considered pending space availability.

Normally, students can apply once per year and are considered for admission in February to begin their studies in September. Applicants will be informed of the decision once the admissions committee has reviewed the applicant files.

Application documents

The University of Waterloo has implemented a new online application process for all graduate programs. Application materials such as unofficial transcripts, resume, statement of interest and writing sample will now be uploaded using Applicant Quest (Waterloo's self-service application system). Reference forms will be completed electronically by your referees. (See graduate application required documents.)

Online application form 

Complete the online application and direct payment of the application fee.

Supplementary information form

A statement explaining why you would like to do graduate work in Recreation and Leisure Studies, and the particular area of research that you are interested in pursuing. If you are applying to the PhD program, please also indicate two or three faculty members with whom you anticipate working (see faculty members' research interests)

Transcripts

Unofficial academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended must be submitted, including all marks and the awarding of degrees. Official academic transcripts (received in a closed university envelope) are only required if you are offered admission 

Reference forms

Master of Arts programs require two completed reference forms. (If unable to supply two academic references, please obtain one academic and one from an employer). 

Doctoral programs require three completed reference forms. (If unable to supply three academic references, please obtain two academic and one from an employer). 

Your referees will be emailed with instructions on submitting forms electronically.

Curriculum Vitae/Resumé

A curriculum vitae/resumé indicating your past academic and professional experience 

Sample of written work 

A substantial example of written work (in English) completed within the last two years of study, or a professional report which demonstrates your competency in writing

Proof of Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant Status (if applicable) 

A photocopy of proof of Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant status, if you were not born in Canada

International applicants

If you are applying as an international applicant, please provide the following additional item:

English Language Proficiency Examination

An official TOEFL (English competency) score of at least 600 (computer-based, 250) or equivalent is required, including Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.0, if English is not your first language. 

Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution at which English was the language of instruction, or have not been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the language of business, will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency through one of the accepted examinations listed within the application form. 

Any applicant applying on a Study Permit (i.e. VISA students) should refer to the Future students studying and living costs section of the international graduate studies website. This document and your evidence of financial support to cover all costs during your study in Canada will be required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Also refer to the tuition fees schedule. Should you be awarded a teaching assistantship or scholarship, this funding may be used to offset fees during your first year.

For more information, visit the International future students website.

Further information

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit to the department, please contact the Faculty Graduate Studies Coordinator or Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.