Future graduate students

Learn why Lindsay Kalbfleisch, MA Recreation and Leisure Studies alumna, chose the University of Waterloo for her graduate program, what her graduate student experience was like, and a little more about her research.

Studying with the best at the graduate level

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is an internationally renowned leader for over two decades among some 250 North American programs in the discipline. Most recently, Waterloo was placed first in Canada for Hospitality and Leisure Management by the renowned QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the three years in which this subject area was assessed.

Innovative approaches to research

Because of the broad spectrum of research interests within the Department, candidates come from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds including business, geography, kinesiology, health studies, psychology and sociology as well as recreation and leisure studies. You will have an opportunity to interact with faculty members and other students to explore research interests through a variety of lenses and contexts.

#1IN CANADAfor Hospitality and Leisure Management

QS World University Subject Rankings 2018

#1IN CANADAin the subject of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Shanghai Ranking's 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities

#1IN NORTH AMERICAfor Recreation Department research

The Jackson Report

See our students in action

Bronwen Valtchanov presenting thesis on stage.

Meet graduate students Bronwen and Emily as they present their research with just one slide and three minutes.