KinesiologyWestern Health Sciences

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Master's Programs

Master's degree graduates can continue to the doctoral level in the same or related area within Kinesiology at Western, or elsewhere. Master's degrees can also lead to other professional programs such as medicine and physical therapy, or provide specialization and enhanced marketing, and related governmental fields.

Students may pursue a either a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc) degree in any of four fields of study. Students must select a faculty advisor and should contact them before applying. For descriptions of faculty expertise please consult the faculty member directory.

Western's School of Kinesiology offers the following master's programs:

Master of Science (MSc)

Students wishing to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) degree are enrolled in the Integrative Biosciences of Kinesiology field.

Program Requirements

  • Complete four (4) one-term courses:
    • A minimum of two courses should be selected from the courses offered.
    • Remaining courses are normally senior undergraduate (as determined by the department) or graduate courses related to the candidate's area of study.
  • To graduate, both a written thesis and oral defence must be deemed satisfactory.
  • Additional course work may be suggested by the student's advisor and advisory committee (advisor plus one or two other faculty).

Period of Study

The period of study for Master of Science degree is two years of full time study, although some students complete the requirements for the degree in 12-18 months. Master’s students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer term.

Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts (MA) program allows students to tailor their learning experience and select either a thesis or course-based program of study. Students can select either Psychological Basis of Kinesiology, Sociocultural Studies of Kinesiology or Management and Leadership in Kinesiology as their field of study.

Thesis Option Program Requirements

  • Complete four (4) one-term courses:
    • A minimum of three courses should be selected from the courses offered.
    • Remaining courses should be approved by the student’s advisor and Chair of the Graduate Program.
  • To graduate, both a written thesis and oral defense must be deemed satisfactory.

Course-Based Option Program Requirements

Students selecting either Psychological Basis of Kinesiology, Sociocultural Studies of Kinesiology or Management and Leadership in Kinesiology as their field of study must complete the requirements listed below:

  • Complete eight (8) one-term courses.
    • A minimum of six (6) courses should be selected from the courses offered.
    • Remaining courses are normally senior undergraduate (as determined by the department) or graduate courses related to the candidate's area of study.
  • A final paper is written on a topic selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. The student will present the paper as part of a public presentation.

Students choosing the Management and Leadership in Kinesiology field may (but are not required to) select an internship option, which has a separate set of requirements:

  • Complete five (5) one-term courses.
    • A minimum of three (3) courses should be selected from the courses offered.
    • Remaining courses are normally senior undergraduate (as determined by the department) or graduate courses related to the candidate's area of study.
  • A final paper is written on a topic selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. The student will present the paper as part of a public presentation.
  • Students complete a one-term internship in an area related to management and leadership in Kinesiology.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the both Master of Arts degree options is one year of full time study, and most students complete the requirements for the degree in two years. Master’s students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer term.


PhD Programs

A doctoral degree from the School of Kinesiology often leads to an academic position of teaching and/or research at another university or college. It is useful for specialization in private research fields, publishing, management or governmental institutions related to the graduate's field.

For a complete list of faculty supervisors and their areas of expertise please consult the faculty member directory.

Western's School of Kinesiology offers the following doctoral programs:

Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Program Requirements

This program is research-based therefore course requirements are minimal:

  • Complete four (4) one-term courses selected from the courses offered.
  • Additional graduate or undergraduate courses may be recommended by the student, or the student's advisory committee (advisor plus 2-3 additional faculty).
  • A written and oral candidacy examination. A student's Advisory Committee guides the student in preparation for the candidacy examination.
  • A dissertation. Please consult the SGPS website for dissertation procedures.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the PhD degree is two years of full time study and most require up to four years. Students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer months.

Sociocultural Basis of Kinesiology

Program Requirements

This program is research-based therefore course requirements are minimal:

  • Complete four (4) one-term courses selected from the courses offered.
  • Additional graduate or undergraduate courses may be recommended by the student, or the student's advisory committee (advisor plus 2-3 additional faculty).
  • A written and oral candidacy examination. A student's Advisory Committee guides the student in preparation for the candidacy examination.
  • A dissertation. Please consult the SGPS website for dissertation procedures.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the PhD degree is two years of full time study and most require up to four years. Students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer months.

Integrative Biosciences in Kinesology

Program Requirements

This program is research-based therefore course requirements are minimal:

  • Complete two (2) one-term courses selected from the courses offered.
  • Additional graduate or undergraduate courses may be recommended by the student, or the student's advisory committee (advisor plus 2-3 additional faculty).
  • A written and oral candidacy examination. A student's Advisory Committee guides the student in preparation for the candidacy examination.
  • A dissertation. Please consult the SGPS website for dissertation procedures.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the PhD degree is two years of full time study and most require up to four years. Students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer months.

Management and Leadership in Kinesiology

Program Requirements

This program is research-based therefore course requirements are minimal:

  • Complete four (4) one-term courses selected from the courses offered.
  • Additional graduate or undergraduate courses may be recommended by the student, or the student's advisory committee (advisor plus 2-3 additional faculty).
  • A written and oral candidacy examination. A student's Advisory Committee guides the student in preparation for the candidacy examination.
  • A dissertation. Please consult the SGPS website for dissertation procedures.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the PhD degree is two years of full time study and most require up to four years. Students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer months.