Studying with the best at the graduate level
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is an internationally renowned leader in the discipline among some 250 North American programs.
With a highly diverse range of expertise, our research spans many disciplines and has far-reaching impacts in academia, industry and society.
By combining theory and practice, we are deepening our understanding of the positive and negative impacts of leisure, and developing new ways to enhance quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
Our graduate programs are the first of their kind in Canada and remain the largest.
- Coursework-based | On campus*
- 3 terms | 1 year (full-time)
- 8 terms | 2 and two-thirds years (part-time)
- No thesis required
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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.
Our faculty members are active scholars recognized for the high quality and quantity of their published work, in a variety of areas in the field:
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