Graduate Programs

Thesis Based

As a full time MA 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 Physical Education 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.  

Program Requirements 

Master of Arts: Thesis-Based

12 credits (minimum) of coursework including:

  • PERLS 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research OR PERLS 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

Master of Arts, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Thesis-Based


12 credits of coursework including:
  • RLS 510 - Concepts and Theories of Leisure and Recreation (3 credits)
  • PERLS 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research or PERLS 581 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative 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 eEthics 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