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September 27, 2016
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The Program and Admission Requirements

The MKin Program

The main objective of the Master of Kinesiology program is to provide graduate students with a highly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of the relationships among physical activity, health, and disease in various populations. The course of study will allow some specialization in a kinesiology sub-discipline of the studentís research interest (e.g., biomechanics, health, exercise physiology, motor control, sport psychology). The emphasis of the thesis will be based on the studentís own interests and the advisorís research interests within this broad framework.

MKin Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MKin program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of the University, and must possess an Honours undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Health, Physical Education or a related field. A minimum average of B is required in the last two years of study to be admitted to the program. Possession of minimum qualifications does not necessarily guarantee admission. At the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator and the supervisor, students with minor background deficiencies may be required to include specific undergraduate courses in their program.

It is expected that the MKin program will be completed in 6 consecutive terms beginning in the Fall term. To graduate, students must obtain a grade of B- in all graduate courses, with an overall average of B.

PhD Admission Requirements

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.

More specifically, applicants to the PhD program in Kinesiolgy are evaluated based on several criteria derived from five documents (see Table below):

Admission documents required and evaluation criteria for the PhD in Kinesiology

 Admission Document  Evaluation Criteria
  • academic performance (graduate and undergraduate GPA)
  • academic background (MSc in KPE, or appropriate coursework to be deemed equivalent)
 Statement of Interest
  • research interests
  • fit with the program
  • fit with the potential supervisor
  • demonstration of advance written communication skills
 Academic Writing Sample
  • demonstration of advance written communication skills
 Letters of Recommendation

 Referees' comments regarding:

  • research background and experience
  • academic performance
  • academic potential
  • potential to conduct research independently
  • written and oral communication proficiency
  • engagement in academic community
Curriculum Vitae
  • research background and experience
  • professional experience
  • previous funding success
  • evidence of written and oral communication skills (publications and conference presentations)
  • other evidence of academic excellence (awards and honours)

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PhD Program Requirements

The PhD in Kinesiology is research intensive and, as such, course requirements in most areas are minimal.  The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • A total of at least 6 courses at the graduate level (including both Master's and PhD)
  • 2 courses must be completed through the PhD in Kinesiology program (excluding KP801, 891, or 899).
  • Additional courses at the discretion of the Doctoral Advisory Committee.
  • Seminar in Kinesiology (KP801).  Registration for a minimum of four terms is required; however, doctoral students are generally expected to attend the seminar for the duration of their period of study (i.e., until graduation).  Periodic exceptions to this general expectation are permitted on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the supervisor and KPE graduate coordinator.
  • A comprehensive oral and written exam (KP891).  The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to allow students an opportunity to demonstrate their competence in their area of research and two additional related areas.  The student's dissertation advisory committee (DAC) guides the student in preparation for the comprehensive examination.  The DAC determines the area in which the student is examined and provides the student with a reading list outlining the information to be examined.
  • A dissertation (KP899): An original doctoral dissertation provides the primary evidence of the candidate's academic competency.  The regulations governing the doctoral dissertation from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are directly adopted.

Typical progression for a PhD student in Kinesiology

Year  Fall Term  Winter Term  Spring Term
Year 1*

 KP801 Seminar

1st KP Elective Graduate Course

Advisory committee formed

 KP801 Seminar

2nd KP Elective Graduate Course



Comprehensive Examination


Year 2*


KP801 Seminar (Dissertation Proposal)

 KP801 Seminar (Dissertation Proposal)  KP899 Dissertation
Year 3


KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged)


 KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged) KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged)
Year 4  KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged)  KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged)

KP899 Dissertation (KP801 encouraged)                           

Note. * Given differences between content areas within Kinesiology, additional courses may be required based on suggestions by the student's advisor and advisory committee