Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Our faculty has many faces, but one mission: Better health and an active lifestyle for everyone. We are the science of health and life, a science so big that it spans many faculties and disciplines. We may be engineers, physicians, nurses or molecular biologists – but we share a vision to create a healthier society. And we look to our students to contribute to this vision through their original research, and to become leaders. In classrooms, in labs, and in our communities. Our students have the opportunity to be mentored by some of the top minds in the field of kinesiology as they work to create a healthier society, by preventing injury, reversing unhealthy habits and by helping people to return to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible after injury or disease.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will take one graduate course in statistics and one graduate course in research design.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.


  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise & Health Physiology
  • Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Innovation in Pedagogy and Sport Performance
  • Neuro-Motor Psychology & Motor Learning
  • Nutrition, Metabolism & Genetics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Sport History
  • Sport Injury Epidemiology
  • Sport Medicine
  • Wearable Technology


Research career (industry, university, health), teaching, health care, health coach, consulting, research associate, sporting careers (administration, coaching, sport psychology, strength and conditioning coach), injury prevention and rehabilitation, community/municipal programming.

A master’s degree in kinesiology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD in Kinesiology.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Saied Jalal Aboodarda

    Saied Jalal Aboodarda

    Accepting Inquiries
    Neuromuscular fatigue, Exercise-induced pain
  2. William Bridel_2020

    William Bridel

    Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport, Physical Activity, and the Body
  3. S Nicole Culos-Reed

    S. Nicole Culos-Reed

    Exercise and Cancer Survivorship
  4. W Brent Edwards

    W. Brent Edwards

    Accepting Inquiries
    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  5. Carolyn Emery

    Carolyn Emery

    Accepting Inquiries
    Injury Epidemiology, Injury Prevention, Concussion, Pediatric Rehabilitation
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    Alexandra Giancarlo

    Seeking Students
    Indigenous sports histories; racialized communities and physical activity; sport and cultural identity; sport and recreation at Indian Residential Schools
  7. Walter Herzog

    Walter Herzog

    Accepting Inquiries
    Neuro-Biomechanics, Biomechanics
  8. Matt Jordan

    Matt Jordan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Control, Resistance Training, Sport Injury, Sport Performance
  9. Sarah Kenny

    Sarah Kenny

    Dancers as Artistic Athletes, Benefits of Dance for General Population
  10. Meghan McDonough

    Meghan McDonough

    Accepting Inquiries
    Social Relationships in Physical Activity

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree with an appropriate academic background for the area of specialization.

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Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Mar. 1 application deadline

For admission on July 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: May 1 application deadline
  • International students: May 1 application deadline

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jul. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Jul. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Nov. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

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Kinesiology graduate program

Kinesiology B, Room 139B
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Faculty of Kinesiology

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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