Here's what we offer:
- MPE (Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision)
- MSc (Kin) (Exercise and Work Physiology)
- MSc (Kin) (Biomechanics/Ergonomics)
- MSc (Kin) (Sport Psychology)
- MSc (Kin) (Socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health)
Memorial conferred its first degree in Master of Physical Education (MPE) in 1975, and in the spring of 2005 we saw our first graduates with a Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.Sc.). The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation now has more than 100 students and we look forward to opening our doors to even more students in the future.
In addition to the emphasis on research and academics, we encourage critical thinking and the ability to work independently, skills that can transfer to any profession.
Our graduate students are university professors and post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, college instructors, university lab instructors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic therapists, medical doctors, medical technicians, nurses, chiropractors, police and military officers, fitness consultants and entrepreneurs, and physical education teachers.
Many of our graduate students have also gone on to pursue doctoral studies in a number of exciting fields.
We offer our graduate programs in both full-time and part-time formats, with a number of different options available to students.
Students completing an MPE can focus on administration, curriculum, or supervision, while those completing their M.Sc. can focus on exercise physiology, ergonomics/biomechanics, sport psychology, or socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health.
There are opportunities for student exchanges with international universities:
- University of Kassel Germany
- Universite de Marseilles
The M.Sc. (Kinesiology) program commenced in 2005. In its short history, many masters students have continued on to doctoral programs. Graduate students have authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in that period.
Since 1999, HKR has contributed the following to the scientific body of literature:
- 107 published abstracts with graduate students as authors or co-authors
- 115 published articles with graduate students as authors or co-authors.
- 19 published abstracts with undergraduate students as co-authors
- 27 published articles with undergraduate students as co-authors
The laboratories are well equipped with 6 EMG acquisition systems, 2 metabolic carts, hypoxic air generator, force platform, muscle stimulation unit, immersion tank, accelerometers, lumbar motion monitor, and a variety of strain gauges among other equipment.
Seven new courses have been introduced that reflect the present issues in the physical education curriculum. Graduate programs are offered in both full-time and part-time formats, with a number of different options available to students.
Students completing their MPE can focus on administration, curriculum, or supervision, while those completing their MSc can focus on exercise physiology, ergonomics/biomechanics, sport psychology or socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health.
The MPE program provides professional training to leaders in the fields of physical education, sport and recreation. While some students concentrate in the areas of administration, curriculum and supervision in physical education, others opt for studies in related professional areas. These areas include parks and recreation, sport and leisure administration and management, and sport science.
Students are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary study in collaboration with other faculties and schools of Memorial, and to pursue independent reading and research under the direction of their supervisors.
Many off-campus agencies offer excellent field experience opportunities for students who wish to individualize programs of study, research, and practical experience through the internship option.
Minimum admission requirements
- For MPE: Bachelor's degree (second class or 'B' average in Physical Education and/or Recreation and Leisure studies courses after first year) in Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies, or closely related field
- For M.Sc. (Kin): Bachelor's degree ('B' standing) in an appropriate area of study
- March 1 (MPE applicants) for Fall admission
May 1 (M.Sc. (Kin) applicants) for Fall admission (applicants who wish to be considered for funding are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline)
- No set deadline for Winter and Spring admission (M.Sc. (Kin))
For more information, contact Dr. David Behm, associate dean, Graduate Studies and Research, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee at 709-864-3408.