Master of Science

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The Master's of Science (MSc) degree is a full-time, thesis-based program, offering student-focused, individualized programs of study and many interdisciplinary opportunities. In this program each student, with the guidance of a supervisor, will decide the research direction and select courses based on your individual area of interest

This master's program prepares students for a wide variety of advanced career possibilities in the applied health sciences, recreation, kinesiology, and sport management.

Interdisciplinary opportunities
Our programs take advantage of our professors' collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities. You will have the opportunity to take courses across the UA campus and to extend your academic and professional networks beyond those in our own faculty.

Collegial community
We are a relatively small faculty in a big university. You will be able to take advantage of all of the opportunities that a top-100 world ranked university has to offer, along with the benefits of a close-knit, supportive community of peers.

As an MSc student you will:

  • Hone your analytical skills
  • Gain in-depth training and understanding in your area of interest
  • Foster the research skills necessary to have an impact in the applied health sciences
  • Benefit from the broad cross-disciplinary approach of our professors
  • Engage with a collaborative, supportive and collegial peer group
  • Expand your professional and academic networks

MSc Program Requirements

As a full time MSc student, you will take a minimum of 9 credits in fall and winter terms and 6 credits of thesis registration over the spring and summer terms. Full time registration is required. Part-time and distance education degrees are not offered at this time.

Because our professors collaborate in research across many faculties, you are not restricted to only taking courses in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. You may also take courses in other faculties, such as Rehabilitation Medicine, Arts and Science.

Thesis based students who are admitted and register full-time must register full-time for the remainder of their program (FGSR Graduate Program Manual; Section 6.10). Courses are decided by the supervisor and student in preparation for conducting independent research in an area which will create new knowledge. The choice of course(s) depends on student's previous academic preparation and area(s) of study.

In addition to the thesis, 12 credits (minimum) of coursework including:
  • KSR 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research OR KSR 581 - Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research (3 credits each)
  • 9 credits per Fall/Winter term; can be a combination of courses and thesis. Typically, all required coursework is completed in the first year of the program with full-time thesis registration to follow
  • 6 credits of thesis registration per Spring/Summer term
  • Graduate Ethics and Integrity training (8 hours); mandatory for all students
  • Professional Development Requirement (8 hours of Professional Development Activities and Individual Development Plan (IDP)); mandatory for all students admitted September 2016 and onwards
  • The Faculty's residency requirement is two, four month terms of full time registration; afterwards, students have the option to register in off-campus thesis research
  • Average time to completion is 2.5 - 3 years with 4 years being the maximum time for completion


Who can apply for the MSc?

The MSc accepts Canadian and international students. You must have a four year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, in physical education, kinesiology, recreation or another related degree. An admission grade point average of 3.0 on most 4.0 grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent).

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Do I need to know before I apply who I would like my academic supervisor to be?

Yes. Acceptance into the MSc is contingent upon having an academic supervisor. Therefore, it is highly recommended that before you apply you identify and contact a potential academic supervisor from the Faculty's list of Professors.

How much does the degree cost and is there financial support available?

The following link provides details concerning the tuition and fees to complete the MSc. In terms of financial support from the Faculty, a number of possibilities exist, including funding as a teaching or research assistant or a principal instructor. Learn more about the fees.

Learn about the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation graduate student funding opportunities.

Additional graduate student funding opportunities

How long will it take for me to complete my degree?

On average a MSc degree will take 2.5 to 3 years to complete.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Contact Graduate Student Programs at

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