Kinesiology

Kinesiology: Introduction

​​Faculty​​ Affiliation

Kinesiology and Physical Education​​

Degree Programs​

Kinesiology

MSc and PhD

​Professional Kinesiology

MPK

Note: Admissions to the Master of Professional Kinesiology have been temporarily suspended. It is expected that admissions will reopen in time to admit students for Fall 2021.

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

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

  • Applied/exercise/environmental ph​ysiology
  • Biomechanics and ergonomics
  • Health-care provision as a kinesiologist
  • Metabolic and endocrinological aspects of physical activity
  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Muscle physiology
  • Physical cultural aspects of sport and physical activity
  • Physical fitness and athletic strength and conditioning
  • Psychological aspects of sport and physical activity
  • Psychophysiological aspects of exercise and stress
  • Women's health and physical activity.

Contact and Address

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

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

Kinesiology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Amara, Catherine - BSc, MSc, PhD
Arbour, Kelly - BSc, MSc, PhD
Atkinson, Michael - BA, MA, PhD (Director of Graduate Studies)
Cairney, John - 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
Kidd, Bruce - BA, AM, MA, PhD, OC
Leith, Larry - BA, MA, PhD
Lenskyj, Helen - BA, MA, PhD
Locke, Marius - BA, BSc, PhD
MacNeill, Margaret - BPHE, MA, PhD
Mainwaring, Lynda - BA, MHK, PhD, CPsych
Moore, Daniel - BASc, PhD
Plyley, Michael - PhD
Sabiston, Catherine - BS, MA, PhD
Santa Mina, Daniel - BSc, MSc, PhD
Shek, Pang - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tamminen, Katherine - BA, MA, PhD
Thomas, Scott - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tremblay, Luc - BSc, MSc, PhD (Associate Dean, Research)
Welsh, Timothy - BPHE, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Evans, Mark - BE, BA, MA, PhD
Radomski, Manny - PhD
Shephard, Roy - BSc, BS, MB, MD, PhD

Associate Members

Beach, Tyson - BSc, MSc, PhD
Chen, Joyce - BSc(PT), BPHE, PhD, ScD
Evans, Michael Blair - BA, MA, PhD
Frost, David - BScEE, BA, BPHE, MSc, DPhil
Gillen, Jenna - BPHE, PhD
Hutchison, Michael - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Joseph, Janelle - BSc, MSc
Langelier, David - MD
Matthew, Andrew - BA, MA, PhD
Mertens, Luc - MD
Mittal, Nimish - MD
Oh, Paul - MSc, MD
Rhind, Shawn - BPHE, PhD
Richards, Doug - MD
Sasson, Zion - MD
Stirling, Ashley - BPHE, MS, PhD (Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs)
Taha, Timur - BA, MEd, PhD
Trinh, Linda - AB, MA, PhD
Wells, Greg - BPHE, MSc, PhD
West, Daniel - BSc

Kinesiology: Kinesiology MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The MSc program is intended to broaden students' understanding of the various interdisciplinary aspects of kinesiology 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 Kinesiology's 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 Kinesiology.

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in Kinesiology

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

    • 1.0 FCE from either Kinesiology or another department

  • SRM 3335H+, a graduate seminar in Kinesiology (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.

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.

Kinesiology: Kinesiology 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 kinesiology 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.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an MSc degree; or 2) direct entry following completion of a BSc degree.

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 Kinesiology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree from the University of Toronto or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in kinesiology 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. See the full list of faculty members. 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. Students must successfully complete a total of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE from either Kinesiology or another department

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

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

  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor.

  • 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 Kinesiology.

  • 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 (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • An appropriate Bachelor of Kinesiology degree or its equivalent from the University of Toronto or from another recognized university.

  • A background in kinesiology 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 A– (80% to 84%) in the last five full-course equivalents of relevant, senior-level courses.

  • 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. See the full list of faculty members. 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. Students must successfully complete a total of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows. All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor.

    • 2.0 FCEs from either Kinesiology or another department

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

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

  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor.

  • 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 Kinesiology.

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

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 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 Kinesiology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree from the University of Toronto or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in kinesiology 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. See the full list of faculty members. 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. Students must successfully complete a total of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE from either Kinesiology or another department

    • 0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course

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

  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor.

  • The student's annual program plan must be approved by the supervisor.

  • 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 Kinesiology.

  • 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.

Kinesiology: Kinesiology MSc, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please visit the departmental website for course timetables.

​KIN 1150H
Safeguarding Youth in Sport​​
​KIN 1152H
Psychological Issues in Sport-Related Concussion​
KIN 5502H Aging and Functional Capacity: an Integrative Approach
​KIN 5503H
​Adaptations to Habitual Activity
​KIN 5505H
Neuromotor Behaviour​
​KIN 5507H
​Desire and Bodies in Place
KIN 5508H
​Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise
KIN 5509H​
​Applied Muscle Physiology and Biochemistry
KIN 5510H
Qualitative Inquiry and Physical Cultural Studies​
KIN 5513H
Current Issues in Exercise Psychology​
​KIN 5514H
​​Human Sensory and Motor Neurophysiology
KIN 5515H
​Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health
​KIN 5518H
Physical Cultural Studies and Social Theory​
​KIN 5521H
​Stress and Coping
​KIN 5525H
Quantitative Motion Analysis​
​KIN 5530H
​Extreme Human Physiology
​KIN 5531H
​Skeletal Muscle Plasticity
​KIN 5532H
​Knowledge Translation
​KIN 5533H
Current Issues in Sport Psychology
​KIN 5534H
Sport, Politics, and Social Development
​KIN 5535H
​Neurorehabilitation and Exercise
​KIN 5536H
​Qualitative Inquiry in Sport and Physical Activity
KIN 5537H
Health, Media, and Social Change
KIN 5538H
Special Topics in Exercise Oncology
KIN 5539H
Advanced Disordered Movement and Neurorehabilitation
KIN 5540H
Narrative Methods in Health Research
KIN 5541H Advanced Exercise Metabolism
KIN 5542H Special Topics in Sport-Related Concussion
KIN 5543H Race, Indigeneity, and Physical Culture [pending approval]
​KIN 7001H
​Directed Reading in Exercise Sciences
​KIN 7002H+
Directed Research Project in Exercise Sciences​
SRM 3335H+ Master’s Seminar Series — Compulsory Attendance
SRD 4445H+ Doctoral Seminar Series — Compulsory Attendance

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

Kinesiology: Professional Kinesiology MPK

Master of Professional Kinesiology​

Admissions to the Master of Professional Kinesiology have been temporarily suspended. It is expected that admissions will reopen in time to admit students for Fall 2021.

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 Kinesiology's 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 pursuing 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​