Graduate programs








Our Programs

The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation offers our graduate programs in both full-time and part-time formats, with two different routes available to students.

The Master of Human Kinetics and Recreation (MHKR) program provides professional training to leaders in the fields of physical education, sport and recreation (who demonstrate a minimum of two years of professional experience deemed appropriate). While some students concentrate on 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. This program offers a coursework route.

The Master of Science in Human Kinetics and Recreation (MSc(HKR)) degree allows students to focus their training in one of a number of fields, including exercise physiology, ergonomics, biomechanics, psychology of sport, exercise and recreation, and sociocultural studies of physical activity and health. The program commenced in 2005, and in its history, numerous students have continued on to doctoral programs. Graduate students in this program have authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles since the inception of the program.

Our graduate student alumni 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.

Students are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary studies in collaboration with other faculties and schools at Memorial University and to pursue independent reading and research under the direction of their supervisors.

There are opportunities for student exchanges with international universities at the University of Kassel, Germany and the Aix-Marseille University, France.

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.

  • Coursework route
  • Course and thesis route