Kinesiology

Kinesiology: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Kinesiology and Physical Education

Degree Programs

Kinesiology

MSc and PhD

Professional Kinesiology

MPK

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 physiology
  • 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: grad.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)
Burkhart, Timothy - DrEng
Cairney, John - BA, MA, PhD
Chapman, Kenneth - MSc, MD
Chen, Joyce - BSc(PT), BPHE, PhD, ScD
Corey, Paul - BSc, MA, PhD
Darnell, Simon - BA, MA, PhD
Faulkner, Guy - BE, MSc, DPhil
Fernie, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Fusco, Caroline - BA, MSc, PhD
Gillen, Jenna - BPHE, PhD
Goodman, Jack - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Heslegrave, Ronald - PhD
Hutchison, Michael - BPHE, MSc, PhD
Jacobs, Ira - MHK, MSD, DipPE
Joseph, Janelle - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kerr, Gretchen - BPHE, MA, PhD (Dean)
Kirkham, Amy - DSc
Lenskyj, Helen - BA, MA, PhD
Locke, Marius - BA, BSc, PhD
MacNeill, Margaret - BPHE, MA, PhD
Mainwaring, Lynda - BA, BHK, MHK, PhD, CPsych
Moore, Daniel - BASc, PhD
Sabiston, Catherine - BS, MA, PhD
Shek, Pang - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tamminen, Katherine - BA, MA, PhD
Thomas, Scott - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tremblay, Luc - BSc, MSc, PhD
Trinh, Linda - AB, MA, PhD
Welsh, Timothy - BPHE, MSc, PhD (Interim Associate Dean, Research)

Members Emeriti

Donnelly, Peter - BA, MS, PhD
Kidd, Bruce - BA, AM, MA, PhD, OC
Leith, Larry - BA, MA, PhD
Radomski, Manny - PhD
Shephard, Roy - BSc, BS, MB, MD, PhD

Associate Members

Bentley, Robert Francis - DPhil
Burd, Nicholas - PhD
Burdsey, Daniel - PhD
Courtney-Martin, Glenda - BASc, MSc, PhD
Courtney, Brian - MD
Howarth, Samuel
Jarvie, Grant - PhD
Johnston, Adam - PhD
Langelier, David - MD
Marzolini, Susan - BS, MSc, PhD
Mertens, Luc - MD
Mittal, Nimish - MD
Neyedli, Heather Fern
Oh, Paul - MSc, MD
Pila, Eva - BS, MHSc, PhD
Randall, Ian - BASc, MD
Rhodes, Ryan - BA, MPE, PhD
Richards, Doug - MD, DipSportMed
Sasson, Zion - MD
Schneiderman, Jane - BE, MS, PhD
Sprenger, Heather - BSc, PhD
Stirling, Ashley - BPHE, MS, PhD (Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs)
Taha, Timur - BA, MEd, PhD
Vescovi, Jason - BS, MSc, PhD
West, Daniel - BSc, PhD

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

  • SRM3335H+, 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

  • SRD4445H+, 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

  • SRD4445H+, 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

  • SRD4445H+, 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.

KIN1150H
Safeguarding Youth in Sport
KIN1152H
Psychological Issues in Sport-Related Concussion
KIN5502H Aging and Functional Capacity: an Integrative Approach
KIN5503H
Adaptations to Habitual Activity
KIN5505H
Neuromotor Behaviour
KIN5507H
Desire and Bodies in Place
KIN5508H
Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise
KIN5509H
Applied Muscle Physiology and Biochemistry
KIN5510H
Qualitative Inquiry and Physical Cultural Studies
KIN5513H
Current Issues in Exercise Psychology
KIN5514H
Human Sensory and Motor Neurophysiology
KIN5515H
Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health
KIN5518H
Physical Cultural Studies and Social Theory
KIN5521H
Stress and Coping
KIN5525H
Quantitative Motion Analysis
KIN5530H
Extreme Human Physiology
KIN5531H
Skeletal Muscle Plasticity
KIN5532H
Knowledge Translation
KIN5533H
Current Issues in Sport Psychology
KIN5534H
Sport, Politics, and Social Development
KIN5535H
Neurorehabilitation and Exercise
KIN5536H
Qualitative Inquiry in Sport and Physical Activity
KIN5537H
Health, Media, and Social Change
KIN5538H
Special Topics in Exercise Oncology
KIN5539H
Advanced Disordered Movement and Neurorehabilitation
KIN5540H
Narrative Methods in Health Research
KIN5541H Advanced Exercise Metabolism
KIN5542H Special Topics in Sport-Related Concussion
KIN5543H Lifestyle Toxicity and Chronic Disease
KIN5544H Decolonizing Sport Studies
KIN5546H Oxygen Delivery and Exercise Performance
KIN7001H
Directed Reading in Kinesiology
KIN7002H+
Directed Research Project in Kinesiology
SRM3335H+ Master’s Seminar Series — Compulsory Attendance
SRD4445H+ 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

Program Description

The first master’s-level program of its kind in Ontario, the Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) degree 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. The MPK program may be completed with a concentration or without a concentration.

Concentrations
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Exercise as Medicine
  • Health and Wellness
  • High Performance Strength and Conditioning

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 a complementary degree in health science, life science, and/or movement/rehabilitation science. In order to be eligible for admission with a complementary degree, practical experience in the area of kinesiology is required.

  • Applicants may also be considered for admission with a four-year bachelor’s degree in an area not described above, with at least 5 years of work experience in the area of kinesiology, and evidence of professional training or certification in the area of kinesiology (for example, strength and conditioning certification, physical literacy certification).

  • Regardless of the admission pathway, all applicants must have 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

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 12.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as listed below. Consult the department for more details on sequence and timing of courses.

MPK4000Y
Introduction to Professional Kinesiology
MPK4001Y Clinical Assessment and Interventions
MPK4002Y
Biophysical Assessment and Interventions
MPK4003Y
Behavioral Assessment and Interventions
MPK4004Y
Physical, Culture, Health, and Social Environments
MPK4005Y
Strength Based Professional Practice
MPK4006H+
Interprofessional Practice
MPK4007Y
Practice Setting Considerations
MPK4008Y
Evidence Supported Practice
MPK4009H
Business of Kinesiology and Entrepreneurship
MPK4010H+
Professional Practice
MPK4012Y
Capstone Project: Improving Kinesiology Practice
MPK4015H Practice and Program Evaluation
MPK8002H
Placement 1 (300 hours)
MPK8003H
Placement 2 (300 hours)

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

Concentration Requirements

  • Students must follow departmental application procedures and can apply to only one MPK concentration.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the area of concentration, including:

    • in at least 1.5 FCEs of MPK courses, complete a major course assignment in the area of concentration

    • a minimum of 300 placement hours in the area of concentration (0.5 FCE)

    • a final capstone project in the area of concentration (1.0 FCE).

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years