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“It’s a very rich learning environment. As a student, I’ve really appreciated the chance to be surrounded by people who are studying different, but related, things. It really broadens my horizons. I’ve traveled throughout North America and Europe. It’s exposed me to high-calibre research and ideas.”


Program Contact

Angie Maltby
Graduate Assistant
School of Kinesiology & Health Studies
SKHS Building
28 Division Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2666 ext. 2


Program Overview

Our programs offer you the opportunity to study human movement from a range of perspectives. Whether you are interested in the mechanics of movement, physiological responses to exercise, health promotion, the psychology of sport or the effects of biological and socio-cultural factors on health, our Master’s and Doctorate-level programs will challenge you intellectually.


Our students have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognized researchers and have opportunities to collaborate with them on exciting multi-disciplinary projects such as Revved Up, an exercise program assisting people with mobility impairments. Cross-disciplinary opportunities with other departments at Queen’s also enhance the graduate experience. Gender Studies, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Sociology, Education, Cultural Studies, Public Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Students may also pursue research work at Kingston.The School restricts the number of students in our program, as small classes ensure focused support from supervisors and private workspace for each student.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates from our programs have found work in: academia; public health policy; medicine; chiropractic, community health agencies; consulting; and workplace ergonomics safety design and consultation.

Degrees Offered

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. (Kinesiology and Health Studies) – 2 years in the areas of expertise of Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Exercise and Physiology; Physical Activity Epidemiology, Health Promotion, and the Psychology of Sport.

M.A. (Kinesiology and Health Studies) – 2 years in the area of expertise of the Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport, Health and the Body.

Ph.D. (Kinesiology and Health Studies) – 4 years in all areas of expertise.

Fields of study and Supervisors

We recommend you contact a faculty member in your area of interest prior to beginning the application process to determine whether that faculty member is accepting students for the upcoming academic cycle. Faculty member profiles are available on the School website.

  • Biomechanics/Ergonomics – the integration of anatomical and mechanical aspects of human motion
  • Exercise Physiology – the adaptation of the human organism to exercise
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology – study of the distribution, determinants, and deterrents of morbidity and mortality in human populations
  • Health Promotion – the science and art of helping people change their lifestyles to move toward a state of optimal health
  • Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity – study and application of psychological principles to physical activity and sport
  • Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport, Health and the Body – sport, physical activity, and health as social phenomena
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Internal funding sources include Queen’s internal fellowship awards, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS); Tri-council award top-ups of $5,000/$7,500, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Students are required to apply for external funding opportunities through the Tri-council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR); and other external agencies like the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Academic Prerequisites

Master’s Programs: Bachelor’s degree with a minimum B+ (77%) average in the last 20 one-term courses.

Doctoral Programs: Completion of Master’s Degree with a minimum B+ average (77%).

Test Requirements

TOEFL, as mandated by the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1 to qualify for internal funding. Applications will be considered until the program is full.

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones
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