The one-year program
Students with adequate backgrounds are normally admitted to the one-year program. This program has a one-year residency requirement; students must pay full fees for one year.
Students in Kinesiology normally complete a minimum of 27 credit hours, consisting of a thesis (worth 12 credit hours), 12 credit hours of course work (four three-credit hour classes) plus a three-credit hour seminar class.
Students in Health Promotion or Leisure Studies take five full credits (30 credit hours), consisting of a thesis (worth 12 credit hours) and 18 credit hours of course work (six three-credit courses).
Following the first year, thesis-only fees are paid. Students enrolled in the one-year program should expect to take 18 to 24 months of full-time work to complete the course of study. Normally, the one-year program must be completed within four years of initial registration.
The two-year program
Students with inadequacies in their backgrounds may be admitted to the two-year program. This involves the completion of a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes over a two-year period. Full fees must be paid for two years.
Students should expect to take the equivalent of six three-credit hour classes (18 credit hours) in each of the first two years of the program for a total of 12 three-credit hour classes (36 credit hours). The minimum number of three-credit hour classes required for the two-year program is 10 (30 credit hours) and the maximum is 18 (36 credit hours). These can be a mixture of graduate and undergraduate classes, but the minimum number of graduate classes required for the one-year program must be taken.
The requirements of the two-year degree also include a thesis worth 12 credit hours. Students in the two-year program should expect to take 24 to 36 months of full-time work to complete the program. Ordinarily, the two-year program must be completed in five years.
The qualifying year
A “qualifying year” student is a person with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent who meets normal faculty admission standards and in whom a department has expressed an interest as a potential graduate student, but who is without a sufficiently strong academic background in a particular discipline to be enrolled directly into a master's program. For example, a qualifying year may be used for a student to take an honours equivalency certificate, or to take a year of senior undergraduate classes in an area of deficiency in their undergraduate degree. Only in exceptional circumstances may a student be admitted to a qualifying year to upgrade a below-standard undergraduate degree or academic record.
Qualifying students can be full-time or part-time and can take as few as one three-credit hour class or as many as 10 three-credit classes chosen from undergraduate classes or a mixture of undergraduate and graduate classes. If advanced placement for the graduate classes is anticipated, this information must be specified in the comments section of the application form. Because it is a prerequisite, a qualifying program cannot be used to reduce the length of a subsequent regular graduate program.
Qualifying students are not eligible for scholarship or bursary support and must apply for admission to the appropriate graduate program in the usual way toward the end of the qualifying period. Qualifying students must pass all the classes with no grades below a B- and with an average of at least B, and fulfill any other requirement in order to be considered for admission.
For further information about admission requirements, please contact:
Graduate Program Secretary
Phone: (902) 494-2152