Graduate programs

MPE student

Here's what we offer:

The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation has more than 120 graduate students. We offer our graduate programs in both full-time and part-time formats, with a number of different options available to students in:

In addition to the emphasis on research and academics, we encourage critical thinking and the ability to work independently, which are skills that can transfer to any profession.

Our graduate students are now 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. 

Our programs

Memorial conferred its first degree in Master of Physical Education (MPE) in 1975. Since 2008, the MPE program can be completed entirely online via distance education. 

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. Request more information here...

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.

Our students completing their M.Sc. can focus on exercise physiology, ergonomics/biomechanics, sport psychology, or socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health.

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. Request more information here...

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. 

There are opportunities for student exchanges with international universities at the University of Kassel Germany and the Universite de Marseilles.

Many of our graduate students have gone on to pursue doctoral studies in a number of exciting fields.

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

Master of Physical Education Regulations
Master of Science in Kinesiology Regulations

  • 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))

Graduate student handbook (2015-2016)

For more information, contact John Saunders, Academic Program Officer, at 709-864-8668 or visit him in PE 2029B