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 MA Thesis/Non-Thesis or MSc degree in any of the areas in which we have faculty expertise. 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 Thesis)

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.
    • One of the courses must be in statistics, research design, or equivalent.
  • 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 Thesis)

Program Requirements

  • Complete five or six (5 or 6) 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.
    • One of the courses must be in statistics, research design, or equivalent.
  • To graduate, both a written thesis and oral defense must be deemed satisfactory.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the Master of Arts degree 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.

Master of Arts (MA Non-Thesis/Major Paper)

Program Requirements

  • Complete nine (9) 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.
    • One of the courses must be in statistics, research design, or equivalent.
  • 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.

Period of Study

The minimum residency period for the Master of Arts degree 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 months.

Master of Arts (MA) Sport Management Specialization

Program Requirements

The MA in Sport Management program has two options:

  1. Minimum of 5 half-courses plus a thesis
  2. Minimum of 5 half-courses, a major paper plus an internship
  • All students are required to take two Sport Management specific half-courses from one of the following topics:
    1. Organizational Theory
    2. Sport Marketing
    3. Leadership
    4. Global Sport and Health Politics
  • The remaining courses are normally graduate or senior undergraduate courses approved by the student’s Advisor and Chair of the Graduate Program.
  • One of the remaining courses must be in statistics, qualitative methods, research design, or equivalent.

Period of Study

The period of study is two years of full-time study, although students who select the thesis plus coursework option may complete the requirements for the degree in 18 months. It is typical that students who select the internship option require two full years to complete the degree. Master’s students are expected to continue their studies full-time during the summer months.


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:

Integrative Physiology of Exercise

Program Requirements

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

  • 2 required courses at the Graduate level (Kin 9511 & 9501).
    • Seminar course, Kin 9501 must be taken for two years.
  • Additional graduate or undergraduate courses may be recommended by the student, or the student's advisory committee (advisor plus 2-3 additional faculty).
  • A candidacy written and oral examinationA 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.

Cultural Studies of Sport Exercise

Program Requirements

  • A total of 10 courses a (master’s plus PhD) at the Graduate level (including Kin 9101)
  • Graduate seminar (Kin 9101) for the duration of their program of study
  • Additional courses at the discretion of the student’s Advisory committee
    • A PhD student's Advisory Committee consists of the student's Advisor and at least two faculty members from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • A candidacy written and oral 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.

Psychological Basis of Physical Activity & Movement Control

Program Requirements

  • A total (master’s plus PhD) of 8 courses at the Graduate level (including Kin 9201).
  • Graduate seminar (Kin 9201) for the duration of their program of study.
  • Additional courses at the discretion of the student’s Advisory committee.
    • A PhD student's Advisory Committee consists of the student's Advisor and at least two faculty members from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • A candidacy written and oral 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.