Doctoral Degree Requirements

All students receive their degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies.

You will plan your course of study in consultation with your Supervisor on the first day of Orientation Week in September of your first term. The SKHS Graduate Timetable for the current year is available on the School web site at: SKHS Graduate Timetable

The program of study includes:

  1. Courses to be taken for credit - must be ADDED or DROPPED using an Academic Change Form
  2. Course in Research Ethics (SGS 804) (course preloaded to your online transcript)
  3. Online Tutorial Requirements in Health and Safety and Accessibility
  4. Thesis Proposal to be defended orally
  5. Thesis to be defended orally (KHS 999)
  6. Graduate Seminar Series
  7. Courses to be taken as audit (must be ADDED or DROPPED using an Academic Change Form)

Your program of study must conform to the rules and regulations of the SGS (which you can find in the on-line Calendar). As you move through your program, your Advisory Committee may recommend additional course work to prepare you for your thesis research.

1.  Courses to be Taken for Credit

Courses that you are required to take as part of your approved course of study are those courses within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and courses in associated cognate departments.  Doctoral programs in the School require the equivalent of two one-term graduate level courses.  A minimum of 65% is required in all graduate courses.

2.  Course in Research Ethics - SGS 804

All graduate students are required to complete SGS 804 - Course in Research Ethics  (CORE) education course before they may begin any research work involving human subjects.  The tutorial is available at Course in Research Ethics (CORE) (SGS 804)

3.  Online Tutorial Requirements in Health and Safety and Accessibility:

3.1  HR 101 online tutorial - all master's students must complete this tutorial during Orientation Week.

3.2  Access Forward online tutorial - all master's students must complete this tutorial during Orientation Week.

3.3  Accessible Instruction for Educators online tutorial - all master's students must complete this tutorial during Orientation Week or prior to performing any TA responsibilities

3.4  Accessible Customer Service online tutorial - all master's students must complete this tutorial during Orientation Week.

3.5  Health and Safety Awareness online tutorial - all master's students must complete this tutorial during Orientation Week.

4. Comprehensive Examination

All students must complete a comprehensive examination which contains both written and oral components.

5.  Thesis Proposal to be defended orally

Students must develop, prepare in written form, and orally defend a thesis proposal.  CLICK HERE for the Thesis Advisory Committee / Thesis Proposal Meeting Form.

6.  Thesis to be Defended Orally

A doctoral thesis (KHS 999), which must be defended orally. Students will defend their thesis orally before a committee.  There are different oral formats for MA versus MSc students.  Your supervisor will provide you with details of the different structure as appropriate.  CLICK HERE for instructions on the structure of your final thesis.

7.  Graduate Seminar Series

All full-time master's students must attend at least 80% of the SKHS Graduate Seminar Series during their first and second year of full-time study.  Attendance beyond this time is voluntary.

8.  Courses to be Taken As Audit (not required for all students)

Some students may also (in consultation with their Supervisor) take courses on an AUDIT basis. The requirements for successful completion of audited courses shall be determined by the course instructor and the student.