MA Recreation and Leisure Studies (coursework)

A new way of working toward your MA Recreation and Leisure Studies

The Master of Arts program in Recreation and Leisure Studies offers the opportunity to study leisure and leisure behaviour from a variety of social science perspectives. 

The coursework option allows students to address a wide range of practical issues related to leisure, recreation, well-being and quality of life in a flexible, interdisciplinary, course-based curriculum. 

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Program overview

The MA Recreation and Leisure Studies coursework degree program examines:

  • theories and concepts of leisure
  • contributions by the social sciences and humanities to the field
  • application of theories, methods and models associated with leisure in contemporary society

The MA program is intended for students who have demonstrated strong academic abilities at the undergraduate level.


  • Coursework-based | On campus*
  • 3 terms | 1 year (full-time)
  • 8 terms | 2 and two-thirds years (part-time)
  • No thesis required

Students complete eight courses over their program.

*Beginning fall 2025, this program will be offered online only.

Degree requirements Course descriptions 

Areas of study

By combining theory and practice, we are deepening our understanding of 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 including:

Application deadline: February 1

Late applications will be reviewed and considered until June 1.

Student stories 

Growing up on a Caribbean Island, it was always interesting to Karin Browne that - for a place surrounded by water - it was apparent to her that few people were competent swimmers. Inspired by this and her love for swimming, Karin's MA Recreation and Leisure Studies work and research involves increasing access to aquatic programs for BIPOC populations.

Read Karin's story →