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Master of 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 MKin 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
  • KP620: Statistical Reasoning and Advanced Experimental Analysis
  • KP622: Advanced Research Design in Human Movement, Health and Development

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: MKin Thesis

All students must take at least two of the following courses during the program:

  • KP697: Directed Research in Kinesiology
  • KP698: Directed Readings in Kinesiology
  • KP621: Qualitative Research Design
  • KP623: Biophysical Instrumentation and Measurement
  • KP630: Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Health
  • KP631: Health and Illness Across the Age Continuum
  • KP650: Biophysical Aspects of Kinesiology
  • KP651: Neurocognition of Movement
  • KP670: Sociocultural Foundations of Kinesiology

All students will complete 4.0 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 Master of Kinesiology 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.