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See below for a list of graduate programs currently offered by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Full-time students enrolled in the Master's program normally take two years (six terms) to complete the degree. Full-time students enrolled in the Doctoral program normally take three to four years (nine to twelve terms) to complete the degree.

MA Recreation and Leisure Studies

Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis or Course Work Option

Waterloo's Master of Arts program in Recreation and Leisure Studies will prepare you to conduct and apply high quality research to address a wide range of practical issues related to leisure, recreation, well-being, and quality of life. Our graduates have proceeded to doctoral studies at Waterloo or other leading institutions, while others have assumed leadership roles as senior planners or management consultants, research and evaluation specialists, or recreation therapists in a variety of service sectors.

Beginning in Fall 2017, students will be able to choose from a thesis option (5 courses plus thesis) or course work option (8 courses) to complete the degree.

PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies

Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis-based

The PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies provides the opportunity for advanced study and research in the field of recreation and leisure. The degree culminates in the completion of a doctoral thesis, which is expected to make an original and substantial contribution to the field of knowledge. Graduates of the PhD program in Recreation and Leisure Studies are hired as professors and researchers at universities around the world.

Collaborative PhD Aging, Health and Well-being

Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis-based

The PhD in Aging, Health and Well-being provides you with an interdisciplinary platform upon which to develop a broad understanding of issues related to the health and well-being of our aging population.

Students in this collaborative program can register in any of the academic units in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, including the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, and access courses and resources across the Faculty, including dissertation committee members, who can add different perspectives to penetrating research problems.

Collaborative PhD Work and Health

Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis-based

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) is committed to the prevention of illness and injury, optimization of health, and quality of life. The PhD in Work and Health provides an interdisciplinary platform for investigating these issues as they relate to safe, healthy work environments and/or to achieving a work-life balance.

Students in this collaborative program can register in any of the academic units in Applied Health Sciences, including the Department of Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, and access courses and resources across the Faculty, including dissertation committee members, who can add different perspectives to your research.