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Kinesiology PhD Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

For more information, including on admission requirements, see the graduate academic calendar.

Program Requirements

The PhD in Kinesiology is research intensive and, as such, course requirements in most areas are minimal. The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • A total of at least six courses at the graduate level (including both Master’s and PhD)
  • Two courses must be completed while registered in the PhD in Kinesiology program (in addition to KP801 - Seminar in Kinesiology, KP891: Comprehensive Examination, or KP899: Doctoral Dissertation). These additional courses can be completed through the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education or other departments as deemed necessary.
  • Additional courses at the discretion of the Doctoral Advisory Committee may be required.

Course Requirements

KP801: Seminar in Kinesiology

Registration for a minimum of four terms is required; however, doctoral students are generally expected to attend the seminar for the duration of their period of study (i.e., until graduation). Periodic exceptions to this general expectation are permitted on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the supervisor and KPE graduate coordinator (GC).

KP891: Comprehensive Examination

The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to allow students an opportunity to demonstrate their competence in their area of research and two additional related areas. The student’s dissertation advisory committee (DAC) guides the student in preparation for the comprehensive examination. The DAC determines the area in which the student is examined and provides the student with a reading list outlining the information to be examined.

KP899: Doctoral Dissertation

An original doctoral dissertation provides the primary evidence of the candidate’s academic competency. The regulations governing the doctoral dissertation from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are directly adopted.


Progress Reports

In April of the first year of registration and once a year thereafter, a student is required to complete an annual progress report detailing the achievements of the previous year and the objectives for the next year. The report must demonstrate satisfactory progress, and must be signed with comments by the supervisor and department’s Graduate Coordinator, and filed with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Failure to submit a satisfactory report may result in the student being required to withdraw from the program.

Typical Progression