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Welcome to Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Human Kinetics!

We are excited to have you as part of our HK Family. For nearly 50 years, we have been committed to helping our graduate trainees succeed through a wide variety of programs, initiatives, and experiences.

As a Faculty, our mission is to create an optimal training environment for our students to excel in fundamental and applied research to promote excellence and professional competence.

Our vision is to be globally recognized for our collaborative training environment, where our trainees are exposed to and conduct high quality research exploration in Applied Human Performance and Sport Management with the freedom to explore within and across disciplines. Benefiting from the expertise of nearly 30 graduate faculty members, over a dozen research laboratories, centres and groups, and hundreds of community and industry partners, our trainees find rewarding traditional and non-traditional careers across academia and industry. 

“The road to excellence is always under construction” Unknown.

In effort to continually enhance the quality of our graduate experience, promote our research prowess, and emphasize the “employability” of our graduates, we will focus over the next three years on five strategic priorities: 

  1. Recognition and celebration of academic excellence
  2. Maximization of global graduate education and impact
  3. Increased sources of sustainable funding
  4. Professional and personal development
  5. Graduate program growth. 

View the Graduate Studies Strategic Plan here.

Our team-oriented approach in implementing these priorities will ensure success and broad-reaching impact, and will provide a foundation for our scholars to become recognized leaders in exercise and physical activity, motor behaviour, injury prevention, exercise and sport psychology, health and wellness, sport management and/or recreation research.

Cheri L. M. McGowan, PhD
Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies

The Department of Kinesiology, in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, offers a Master of Human Kinetics (M.H.K.) degree, as well as a Ph.D. program in Kinesiology.

Master of Human Kinetics

The program offers concentration in either Applied Human Performance (sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics and ergonomics, exercise physiology, motor learning and control, lifespan development) or Sport Management (leadership, organizational behaviour, community development, sport finance and economics, sport and the law, sport sociology, sport history, sport marketing).


Applied Human Performance


Sport Management Link


The program is uniquely structured to offer both a research thesis stream and an internship stream. The internship stream provides students with hands-on work experience to complement their coursework.

Our program is well established with 21 graduate faculty members supervising 80 M.H.K. students. There are several well-funded laboratories and research groups supporting student research.

Deadline Date for Fall (September start):  February 1
To be considered for an Entrance Scholarship.
Deadline Date for Winter (January start): September 1
Students must submit a complete application package, including referee reports
To be considered for an Entrance Scholarship.
Deadline Date for Summer (May start):  January 1
Students must submit a complete application package, including referee reports
To be considered for an Entrance Scholarship.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology

The foundation of our Ph.D. program in Kinesiology is a community-based focus recognized as ensuring the well-being of both individuals and the collective at the local, national, and international levels.

PhD in Kinesiology

Graduates will be prepared to provide the resources necessary to sustain the community and will be able to supply current, novel ideas, and knowledge. This community-based focus in a Kinesiology program is not represented in any other existing program in Canada. Students will be required to complete four courses, one of which is a community-based internship. The internship will encourage the integration of our students into ongoing community initiatives, enhance responsibility for meeting the needs of others while improving the overall well-being of Canadians, and encourage students to utilize previously acquired skills while gaining new skills, appropriate to their internship setting.

The targeted steady-state student enrolment for the PhD Program in Kinesiology is sixteen doctoral students.

Deadline Date for Fall:  February 1

Dr. Nadia Azar - Graduate Admissions Coordinator

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