Management and Leadership (PhD)


Making informed and strategic decisions and inspiring others to work together toward a common goal is at the heart of all successful organizations.

The Management and Leadership in Kinesiology field builds on the disciplines of law, business, organizational psychology, sociology and recreation to develop an in-depth understanding of physical activity and sport in a variety of contexts, including marketing, communication, tourism, sport for development and event management.

About the Program

Working alongside a world-class researcher who is a leader in their field, PhD students in Western’s School of Kinesiology develop a program of research that pushes the boundaries of discovery and contributes to the knowledge base of their area of expertise. Typically taking four years to complete, students finish the program with the skill set required to be independent researchers and are prepared to make significant contributions both inside academia and in industry/government/private sector.

Learn more about career options and what makes Western's Management and Leadership program an international leader in teaching and research.


Students typically take four years to complete this program. Students are active and enrolled during the Fall, Winter and Summer academic terms.

Course Load

2.0 credits

  • 2.0 credits selected by the student and supervisor suitable for the student’s area of research.
Non-course Milestone Requirement:

Candidacy Examination

The Candidacy Examination represents a “Milestone” within the program.  All Doctoral students are required to successfully complete program specialization-specific Candidacy Examinations within the first two years of being admitted into the graduate program. The Candidacy Examination in Kinesiology consists of both written and oral components.

Thesis and Public Lecture

Every candidate for the Doctoral degree must complete a thesis. The thesis must indicate in what respects the investigation has increased knowledge of the subject. A candidate may not submit a thesis that has been previously accepted for a degree, but may, with the permission of the Graduate Program, incorporate material included in a previous thesis.

Doctoral candidates must present a Public Lecture on their thesis research. The Public Lecture allows the candidate to present his/her research projects to a Western University community of scholars in an open forum. Learn more.