Exercise Sciences

Exercise Sciences: Introduction

​​Faculty​​ Affiliation

Kinesiology and Physical Education​​

Degree Programs​

Exercise Sciences

​MSc
PhD

​Professional Kinesiology

​​​MPK​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree progra​ms as li​sted below:

  1. Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  2. Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  3. Health Services and Policy Research
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  4. Musculoskeletal Sciences
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  5. Public Health Policy
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  6. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  7. Women and Gender Studies
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD
  8. Women's Health
    • Exercise Sciences, MSc, PhD​

Overview

The field of exercise sciences is interdisciplinary. All degree programs are for students interested in research, academic, and professional careers relating to:​

  1. Applied/exercise/environmental ph​ysiology

  2. Biomechanics and ergonomics

  3. Health-care provision as a kinesiologist

  4. Metabolic and endocrinological aspects of phys​ical activity

  5. Motor control and motor learning

  6. Muscle physiology

  7. Physical cultural aspects of sport and physical activity

  8. Physical fitness and athletic strength and conditioning

  9. Psychological aspects of sport and physical activity

  10. Psychophysiological aspects of exercise and stress

  11. Women's health and physical activity.

Contact and Address

Web: https://kpe.utoronto.ca/
Email: exs.kpe@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-6087
Fax: (416) 971-2118

Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Toronto
55 Harbord Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2W6
Canada

Exercise Sciences: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Amara, Catherine - BSc, MSc, PhD
Atkinson, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Chapman, Kenneth - MSc, MD
Corey, Paul - BSc, MA, PhD
Donnelly, Peter - BA, MS, PhD
Faulkner, Guy - BE, MSc, DPhil
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Fusco, Caroline - BA, MSc, PhD
Goodman, Jack - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Heslegrave, Ronald - PhD
Jacobs, Ira - MHK, MSD, DipPE (Dean)
Kerr, Gretchen - BPHE, MA, PhD (Associate Dean, Academic)
Kidd, Bruce - BA, AM, MA, PhD, OC
Lenskyj, Helen - BA, MA, PhD
Locke, Marius - BA, BSc, PhD (Director of Graduate Studies)
MacNeill, Margaret - BPHE, MA, PhD
Mainwaring, Lynda - BA, MHK, PhD, CPsych
McKee, Nancy - MD
Obar, Jonathan - PhD
Plyley, Michael - PhD
Sabiston, Catherine - BS, MA, PhD
Santa Mina, Daniel - BSc, MSc, PhD
Shek, Pang - BSc, MSc, PhD
Thomas, Scott - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tremblay, Luc - BSc, MSc, PhD (Associate Dean, Research)
Welsh, Timothy - BPHE, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Radomski, Manny - PhD
Shephard, Roy - BSc, BS, MB, MD, PhD

Associate Members

Beach, Tyson - BSc, MSc, PhD
Blouin, Jean - BSc, MSc, PhD
Comper, Paul - BA, MA, PhD
Courtney-Martin, Glenda - BASc, MSc
Darnell, Simon Cale Decker - BA, MA, PhD
Falk, Bareket - BEd, MSc, PhD
Harvey, Paula - BMedSc, PhD
Kumbhare, Dinesh - BSc, MHSc, MD
Mertens, Luc - MD
Oh, Paul - MSc, MD
Rail, Genevieve - BA, MSc, PhD
Rhind, Shawn - BPHE, PhD
Riazi, Sheila - MSc, MD
Selkirk, Glen - BPHE, MS, DPhil
Sweet, Shane - BA, PhD
Taylor, Valerie - MD

Exercise Sciences: Exercise Sciences MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The MSc program is intended to broaden students' understanding of the various interdisciplinary aspects of the exercise sciences as well as to provide them with the necessary scholarly and technical research skills so that they may pursue a high-quality research project.

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor of physical health education, bachelor of kinesiology, or its equivalent from the University of Toronto or from another recognized university.

  • A background in physical education and health or a discipline compatible with the​ research interests and interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is preferred.

  • An academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ (76% to 79%) in the last five full-course equivalents of relevant, senior-level courses.

  • Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduate from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The Faculty prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​​paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Successful completion of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows. All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in Exercise Sciences

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

    • 1.0 FCE from either Exercise Sciences or another department

  • SRM 3335H+, a graduate seminar in Exercise Sciences (0.0 FCE).

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its oral defence before an examination committee.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
12 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Exercise Sciences: Exercise Sciences PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

Doctoral students are encouraged to develop a program of study that will enhance their basic understanding of critical areas of study within exercise sciences and have a direct impact on their research program. Students are also expected to further develop their scholarly and technical research skills so that they may pursue a high-quality research project.

The PhD program can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree from the University of Toronto or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in exercise sciences is preferred.

  • Successful defence of a master's thesis at a recognized university.

  • An academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- (80% to 84%) in the master's degree completed.

  • A potential supervisor identified from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. A supervisor is not required at the time of application, but applicants are encouraged to begin their search early. For a full list of faculty members, visit the departmental website. Only applicants who have a supervisor will be admitted to the program.

  • Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The Faculty prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • Full-time registration (Fall, Spring, Summer sessions) throughout the entire doctoral program.

  • Coursework. Successful completion of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​1.0 FCE from either Exercise Sciences or another department

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

  • SRD 4445H+, a graduate seminar in Exercise Sciences (0.0 FCE).

  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

  • Writing of a thesis under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor plus at least three additional faculty members) and its defence before an examination committee appointed by the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies.​

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree from the University of Toronto or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in exercise sciences is preferred.

  • Successful defence of a master’s thesis at a recognized university.

  • An academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- (80% to 84%) in the master's degree completed.

  • A potential supervisor identified from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. A supervisor is not required at the time of application, but applicants are encouraged to begin their search early. For a full list of faculty members, visit the departmental website. Only applicants who have a supervisor will be admitted to the program.

  • Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The Faculty prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • With the approval of the Director, Graduate Studies, some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD program. This program will benefit mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

  • Degree requirements for the flexible-time program are identical to those listed above for the full-time PhD program; however, students have up to eight years to complete the program.

  • Coursework. Successful completion of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE from either Exercise Sciences or another department

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

  • SRD 4445H+, a graduate seminar in Exercise Sciences (0.0 FCE).

  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

  • Writing of a thesis under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor plus at least three additional faculty members) and its defence before an examination committee appointed by the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Flexible-time students must register full-time for the first four years of the program. Thereafter, they may register part-time.

  • A plan of study and research activities will be negotiated at initial registration, to be reviewed and updated annually.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Exercise Sciences: Exercise Sciences MSc, PhD Courses

​EXS 1150H
Safeguarding Youth in Sport​​
​EXS 1152H
Psychological Issues in Sport-Related Concussion​
​EXS 5502H
​Aging and Functional Capacity: an Integrative Approach
​EXS 5503H
​Adaptations to Habitual Activity
​EXS 5505H
Neuromotor Behaviour​
​EXS 5507H
​Desire and Bodies in Place
​EXS 5508H
​Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise
EXS 5509H​
​Applied Muscle Physiology and Biochemistry
​EXS 5510H
Qualitative Inquiry and Physical Cultural Studies​
​EXS 5513H
Current Issues in Exercise Psychology​
​EXS 5514H
​​Human Sensory and Motor Neurophysiology
​EXS 5515H
​Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health
​EXS 5516H
Exercise Psychology​
​EXS 5518H
Physical Cultural Studies and Social Theory​
​EXS 5521H
​Stress and Coping
​EXS 5525H
Quantitative Motion Analysis​
​EXS 5530H
​Extreme Human Physiology
​EXS 5531H
​Skeletal Muscle Plasticity
​EXS 5532H
​Knowledge Translation
​EXS 5533H
Current Issues in Sport Psychology
​EXS 5534H Sport, Politics, and Social Development
​EXS 5535H
​Neurorehabilitation and Exercise
​EXS 5536H
​Qualitative Inquiry in Sport and Physical Activity
​EXS 5534H
​Sport, International Development, and Peace
​EXS 7001H
​Directed Reading in Exercise Sciences
​EXS 7002H+
Directed Research Project in Exercise Sciences​
​JXP 5807H
​Health Communications
​SRM 3335H+
Graduate Seminar Master's​
​SRD 4445H+
​​Graduate Seminar Doctoral

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.​

Exercise Sciences: Professional Kinesiology MPK

Master of Professional Kinesiology​

Program Description

The first master’s-level program of its kind in Ontario, the MPK program offers students an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the professional practice of kinesiology. The MPK provides unparalleled learning environments for hands-on practice working alongside leading practitioners. This program is suitable for those who are just beginning their careers, and those who have experience as registered kinesiologists and are looking for advanced professional development.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have a four-year bachelor's degree in kinesiology, physical education, human kinetics, or an equivalent degree, with a minimum mid-B average (73% to 76%) in the final year.

  • Resumé.

  • Two letters of reference. At least one letter must be from an academic referee.

  • Letter of intent which identifies the area of interest and reasons for pursing the program.

  • Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The Faculty prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE);

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of 12.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as listed below. Consult the department for more details on sequence and timing of courses.​

MPK 3999H
Introduction to Professional Kinesiology​​
​MPK 4000H
Introduction to Human Movement in Professional Kinesiology
MPK 4001Y Clinical Assessment and Interventions
​MPK 4002Y
​Biophysical Assessment and Interventions​
​MPK 4003Y
Behavioral Assessment and Interventions​
​MPK​ 4004Y
​Physical, Culture, Health and Social Environments​
​MPK 4005H
Strength Based Professional Practice​​
​MPK 4006H
Interprofessional Practice​​
​MPK 4007Y
Practice Setting Considerations​
​MPK 4008Y
​Evidence Supported Practice
MPK 4009H
Business of Kinesiology and Entrepreneurship​​
​MPK 4010H+
Professional Practice
​MPK 4012Y
​Capstone Project: Improving Kinesiology Practice​
MPK 4015H Practice and Program Evaluation
​MPK 8001H+
Placement 1 (120 hours)
​MPK 8002H
Placement 2 (240 hours)
​MPK 8003H
Placement 3 (240 hours)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework​ is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.​​​

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years​