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Master of Science (MSc) in Kinesiology 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.

It is expected that the MSc program will be completed in six consecutive terms beginning in the fall term. To graduate, students must obtain a minimum grade of B- in all graduate courses, with an overall minimum average of B.

Course Requirements

All students in the first year of the program are required to take the following courses:

  • KP601: Seminar in Kinesiology I
  • KP622: Research Design in Kinesiology
  • An approved 0.5 credit course with a methodological/analytical focus. Options include:
    • KP620 – Statistical Analyses in Kinesiology
    • KP621 – Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
    • A relevant course from another department deemed appropriate by supervisor and graduate coordinator
    • A methodological/analytical-based directed studies course deemed appropriate by supervisor and graduate coordinator

All students in the second year of the program are required to take the following course:

  • KP611: Seminar in Kinesiology II

All students, beginning in the spring term of their first year should register for and continue to register until graduation:

  • KP699: Masters Thesis

You'll also choose one elective course, depending on your interests and the focus of your research.

All students will complete 3.5 credits, including KP699:* Master's Thesis. Also, please note that students, with program permission, are able to take courses from other departments or universities. Interested students should discuss with their supervisor and graduate coordinator.

Thesis Requirement

A thesis based on original research and defended before a thesis committee is required of all students in the program. A thesis committee will be set up for each student normally consisting of his/her supervisor, and two other faculty members from within the program. Students will present a thesis proposal to their committee usually before the end of their third term and will defend their completed thesis usually before the end of their sixth term.

Progress Report

All Masters students must complete the department's progress report regularly. First year students must complete it June 1. All other students must complete it Jan. 15 and June 1.