Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology
The main objective of the PhD program in Kinesiology is to provide graduate students with a highly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of issues involved with physical activity, sport, exercise, health, and physical education. The program is primarily research oriented and graduate students work in close collaboration with faculty members to gain advanced expertise in their specific areas of study, conduct an independent program of research, communicate research findings to a variety of audiences, and cultivate respect for and awareness of the field of kinesiology.
For admission to the PhD program in Kinesiology at Laurier, applicants must hold a Masterís degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education (or its equivalent) from a recognized university, with normally at least an A- average in all graduate work. A student with a Masterís degree in a different field may be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, individuals admitted under these conditions may be required to complete qualification courses as suggested by the graduate coordinator in consultation with the graduate committee and proposed supervisor.
Applicants are expected to submit a statement of research interests. Applications must be accompanied by official transcripts and be supported by at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are qualified to assess the applicantís potential for graduate training. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee, which considers all prior university grades, the research interests (including fit with the program and potential supervisor), the academic writing sample, research background and experience, and other evidence of academic excellence/potential as reported in the curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation.
Transfer to Doctoral Program
The transfer option is for exceptional students who, through at least two terms of registration in a Masterís degree program at Laurier, have demonstrated superior academic credentials and outstanding research promise. The policy on transferring to the doctoral program is outlined in the Graduate Calendarís Admission Requirements.
The PhD in kinesiology is research intensive and, as such, course requirements in most areas are minimal. The minimum requirements are as follows:
The PhD comprehensive examination focuses on the student's area of specialization and at least two additional cognate areas. This examination includes both a written and oral component. The comprehensive examining committee includes the student's advisor and three other members, one of whom will be from outside of the program. At least two members of the comprehensive examining committee must be members of the Wilfrid Laurier Kinesiology and Physical Education graduate program. The examination will normally be completed by the end of the third term of registration in the doctoral program. A candidate has only two opportunities to successfully complete the comprehensive examination (pass/fail evaluation). After the first unsuccessful attempt, the examination committee will identify areas of improvement and the method of improvement that the student must complete prior to re-examination. The student must complete the second examination within one term following the initial exam.
The doctoral dissertation is an original research contribution consisting of a major study or series of studies focused on one area of specialization. All regulations and procedures governing the dissertation and its evaluation follow those outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
In April of the first year of registration and once a year thereafter, a student is required to complete an annual progress report detailing the achievements of the previous year and the objectives for the next year. The report must demonstrate satisfactory progress, and must be signed with comments by the supervisor and departmentís Graduate Coordinator , and filed with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Failure to submit a satisfactory report may result in the student being required to withdraw from the program.