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.
Our graduate programs at the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy levels are the first of their kind in Canada and remain the largest.
By combining theory and practice, we are deepening our understanding of both the positive and negative aspects of leisure and developing new ways to enhance quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
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.