The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation offers our graduate programs in both full-time and part-time formats, with a number of different routes available to students.
- Course and thesis route
- Coursework route
- Course and thesis route
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, physical education teachers, 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.
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. Starting Fall 2020 the MPE will be replaced by the MHKR. We are introducing Masters of Human Kinetics and Recreation (MHKR) to leaders in the fields of physical education, sport, community recreation, health promotion, wellness and active living.
Graduate programs are offered in both full-time and part-time formats, with two different routes available to students.
Students completing their MHKR can focus on administration, curriculum, or supervision, while those completing their MSc can focus on exercise physiology; ergonomics/biomechanics; psychology of sport, exercise and recreation; or socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health.
The MHKR program provides professional training to leaders in the fields of physical education, sport and recreation (who demonstrate a minimum of three years of professional experience deemed appropriate). 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.
The MSc (Kinesiology) program commenced in 2005. In its history, numerous master’s students have continued on to doctoral programs. Graduate students have authored or co-authored 200+ peer-reviewed articles in that period. The laboratories are well equipped, including but not limited to, 5 data (ie. force, EMG, range of motion) acquisition systems, 2 metabolic carts, hypoxic air generator, force platform, isokinetic dynamometer, 4 muscle stimulation units, transcranial magnetic stimulation units, immersion tank, accelerometers, lumbar motion monitor, and a variety of strain gauges among other equipment.
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 thesis route (MHKR and MScK): 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 coursework route (MHKR): 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 and three years of professional experience.
- Master of Human Kinetics and Recreation Regulations
- Master of Science in Kinesiology Regulations
- April 1 (MHKR applicants) for Fall admission - APPLY
- April 1 (MSc(KIN) applicants) for Fall admission (applicants who wish to be considered for funding are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline) - APPLY