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.

Description of the program

The MHKR consists of two routes:

  1. Thesis Route: A minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate courses, graduate seminar and a thesis.
  2. Coursework Route: A minimum of 30 credit hours in graduate courses – usually 10 courses taking approximately 2 years to complete. This route is completed entirely online. PLEASE NOTE – as this coursework route is completed entirely online, students cannot obtain a Visa to study on-campus to complete this degree. 

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students. 

Minimum admission requirements 

Preference for admission may be given to students with undergraduate degrees in relevant disciplines, with a minimum overall ‘B’ average. In addition, students applying to the coursework route will demonstrate a minimum of three years of professional experience deemed appropriate. Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, shall the Dean of Graduate Studies consider applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 

Application Deadline

April 1 for Fall admission


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