The Master of Arts program in Recreation and Leisure Studies requires five (5) one-term courses plus a master's thesis. Required courses include:

  • REC 600, Integrative Seminar in Recreation and Leisure Studies (fall term)
  • REC 662, Foundations for Quantitative Inquiry (fall term)
  • REC 663, Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry (fall term)
  • one of:
    • REC 672, Quantitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation (winter term)
    • REC 673, Designing Advanced Qualitative Inquiry (winter term)
  • one elective which students can select from courses offered by the Department (winter term)
    • REC 611, Issues in Leisure Organizations and Policy
    • REC 621, Issues in Leisure and Social Justice
    • REC 631, Issues in Leisure, Place and Space
    • REC 641, Issues in Leisure and Community
    • REC 651, Issues in Leisure, Health and Well-being

Students may also elect to enroll in a "Selected Topics" (REC 695) or 'Internship" (REC 609) course or a graduate elective from another social science department at the University of Waterloo.

The master's thesis is the culmination of the master’s program, and normally takes 2 to 3 terms to complete.  For many students the thesis is the first time that they have been involved in independent research and it is typically both a demanding and a rewarding process.  Each student should work closely with his or her supervisor in selecting a research topic, writing a research proposal, conducting the research itself, and writing the final thesis.

The Master of Arts degree can be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis, but must be completed within the following time periods unless an extension has been granted. See Graduate Studies Calendar, Academic Regulations, Time Limits:

  • Full-time - 6 terms
  • Part-time - 15 terms

Faculty advisors/supervisors

When each graduate student enters the Department, an initial supervisor will be assigned by the admissions committee. The initial supervisor will assist the student in the selection of courses and other matters relating to the program of study but will not necessarily act as the thesis supervisor. Normally, a student will choose a thesis supervisor from faculty in the Department. Course work should normally be completed by the third or fourth term before registering for the thesis.

Student evaluation

A review of each student's progress takes place during the month of May each year. Students are evaluated on several criteria, i.e., coursework and resulting grades, and, where appropriate, reports submitted by the students regarding their research and teaching assistantship activity. A grade average of at least B must be maintained.