Graduate Programs


Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs. This is an exciting decision and we are here to support you as you prepare your application. This process takes time, so we recommend that you start gathering your documents well before the application deadline. If you are interested in applying for the Post-Baccalaureate Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate, applications will be accepted until September 1, 2017. Click here for admission requirements and how to apply specifically for this certificate. 


While your research and study will be guided by your supervisor through the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, your home faculty is the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Additional important information is available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.


Applications for programs beginning September 2018 or January 2019 will open on October 1, 2017. Applications for both the Fall (September) and Winter (January) semesters will close on January 31, 2018 at 11:59pm (Mountain Time Zone).

Post Baccalaureate Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate 

Accepting applications until September 1, 2017.

Please review the Admissions links for more detailed information on the application process and requirements. Once you are ready to begin your application please click the button below.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Review Admission Requirements
  • Step 2 Review Application Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    Our faculty does not offer intersession (Spring/Summer) intakes.

    September (Fall) 2018: Completed Canadian and International applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017 up to 11:59pm (Mountain Time Zone) on January 31, 2018

    January (Winter) 2019: Completed Canadian and International applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017 up to 11:59pm (Mountain Time Zone) on January 31, 2018


    Please ensure that you have all components of your application submitted by the closing time. 

  • Step 3: Identify and Contact a Faculty Supervisor

    It is required that all prospective master’s (thesis and course-based) and doctoral graduate students identify an academic supervisor from the Faculty as part of the application process. Applicants of the Master of Coaching (MCoach) program must, in addition to an academic supervisor, identify a mentor coach. These requirements are in place to ensure the successful study of admitted graduate students.

    1. Applicants are to choose a potential supervisor (for MCoach students – potential supervisor and coach) whose research and areas of interest align with their own research and areas of interest. Find out about our Faculty members and their areas of research on the Faculty website. MCoach applicants can visit the Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics website for varsity coach information.

    2. Applicants are to contact each prospective Faculty supervisor (for MCoach students – potential supervisor and coach) via email to introduce themselves and inquire as to whether the supervisor is taking on new students. Applicants are encouraged to share a bit about themselves with their potential supervisor – interests and passions, potential areas of research, goals for the program, etc. Please note that this communication is not intended to create any formal commitments between the applicant and supervisor; rather, it is intended to open up an exploratory conversation between the two parties.

    3. Once a potential supervisor (for MCoach students – potential supervisor and coach) has been contacted, applicants can continue with the application process. Applicants must indicate their potential supervisor within their letter of intent as well as in the Funding/Supervisor segment of the online application.

  • Step 4: Review Documents Required for Application

    **The following documents are required as part of the central graduate studies online application, which is through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research ($100 CAD application fee required). Your application will not be reviewed if the $100 application fee is not paid.**

    Write a Letter of Intent: 

    1. Address letter to Graduate Programs Admissions Committee
    2. Provide 1-2 typewritten pages explaining your area of interest, why this is an important area and your goals
    3. Identify the faculty member you contacted as a potential program supervisor
    4. Upload as a PDF to online application (hard copies sent by email or mail will not be accepted)

    Prepare a current curriculum vitae/ resume:

    1. Upload as a PDF to online application (hard copies sent by email or mail will not be accepted)

    Contact three references (minimum): 
    1. At least two must be academic references (professors) who are knowledgeable about your academic and research potential and capabilities
    2. References MUST be submitted online. The online application system will send an email directly to the references once the application is submitted. This will allow the references to upload their letter directly to the application. Referees must NOT submit hard copy letters to the Graduate Programs Office

    Official Transcripts for your complete post-secondary academic record to date

    1. Transcripts must be provided from each post-secondary institution attended (including incomplete studies and transfer credit courses)
    2. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator. NOTE: When the transcript is issued in French by a Canadian post-secondary institution where the official language of instruction is French, no English language translation is required
    3. A degree certificate and the date conferred if the uploaded transcript does not clearly indicate that a degree has been conferred 
    4. Uploaded transcript documents must fulfill specific guidelines. Please review the Acceptance Guidelines for Uploaded Transcripts. Failure to follow the guidelines and properly upload your transcripts will result in your application being returned to you. Please note that many transcripts produced from institutions' self-serve web systems do not meet the Acceptance Guidelines. As most transcripts are easily obtainable, it is advised you upload a RECENT official transcript, even if courses are still in progress
    5. Upload as a PDF to online application (hard copies sent by email or mail will not be accepted)

    Graduate Assistantship Funding Application

    The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is committed to providing graduate assistantship (GA) funding to new and continuing students in the Master’s and Doctoral programs. Please review our Funding and Awards section for more information. Download and complete the Graduate Assistantship Funding Application and upload a completed PDF form to your online application. Applicants who choose not to be considered for a teaching/research assistantship must complete the last page of the application form to decline assistantship funding for the current academic year.

    Original document of proof of English Language Proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS) if your degree/qualifications are in a language other than English. 
    1. Exam results must be completed at the time you apply to graduate studies
    2. Applicant's with English Language Proficiency test scores more than two years old cannot be verified
    3. For more English Language Proficiency information visit the International Admissions Protocol section on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research's website
    4. Upload as a PDF to online application (hard copies sent by email or mail will not be accepted)
  • Step 5: Initiate your Application

    Once you have identified a faculty supervisor and compiled all your required documents, begin your online application by clicking the yellow 'Apply Now' button below.

    - Payment of the $100 application fee is required before your application is officially submitted.

    - The application deadlines will close at 12:00 midnight on the date displayed. Applicants must submit their application before February 1, 2018; the application will be available until 11:59 pm January 31, 2018. 

    - The application must be submitted by the closing deadline or within 21 days of initiating the application. When the application closing deadline or the 21 day limit is reached (whichever comes first) unsubmitted application(s) will be deleted.  

    - All in progress applications will be deleted after 21 days, 28 days (if extension requested) or the deadline date whichever comes first.

    - Applicant Referees (references) will be contacted via email once the $100 CAD fee has been paid and the application has been submitted.

    - Applicants should record:  
    ∙ their email address used to create an account, as it will be the user login
    ∙ their user login password

    - Once an account has been created a system generated email will be sent to the email address used in creating the account.

    - When the $100 CAD fee has been paid and the application has been submitted, a confirmation of submission email will be generated and sent to the applicant. This email is very important to keep. It contains a link to the applicant portal where an applicant can login and track the progress/ status of the application.

    - If applicants are experiencing problems with the online application or application fee payment, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at or phone (780) 492-¬3499 or 1-¬800-¬758¬-7136 (Canada and US only)

    - To track the status of your application after submission, check the Applicant Portal here.

    - Once an admission decision has been made, a notification will be sent via the applicant portal.

    - If the application is successful for admission, the Official Admission letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research will be displayed via the applicant portal.

  • Step 6: Selection Process
    1. Once your application is complete (all required documents uploaded and all references submitted), we assess for graduate admission. Professors in the relevant area of research will review your application and indicate if they wish to take you on as a student.
    2. Final admission decisions will be made after the application deadline.
    3. Once a decision has been reached an offer letter for graduate assistantship funding will be sent to you by the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Following that, an official letter of acceptance will be sent by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.