School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Kinesiology & Health Studies

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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

Heather Carter
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 health, physical activity, and sport from a range of perspectives.  Students may study the physiological responses to exercise; health promotion; the mechanics of movement; the psychology of sport; the effects of biological factors on health; the effects of socio-cultural factors on health; and epidemiological study of population health.

Educational Experience

Our Master’s (MA/MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) programs provide intellectual challenge, stimulating research collaboration, in-house Graduate Seminar Series, Annual Research Day highlighting current student presenters, and opportunities to serve on School committees.


Graduates from our program enjoy employment in various settings including:  academia, public health policy, workplace ergonomics consulting, medicine, community health agencies, sports media public relations, research positions in health care facilities, epidemiologist, and kinesiologist.


Our students have the opportunity to collaborate with internationally-recognized researchers on exciting, multi-disciplinary research projects in state-of-the-art facilities.  

Research Collaborations

Cross-disciplinary opportunities with other Queen’s departments enhance the graduate experience.  Collaborations are available with Mechanical and Material Engineering, Cultural Studies, Global Development Studies, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Education, Gender Studies, and Sociology.  Students may pursue some research activities at Kingston General or Hotel Dieu Hospital.  

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 art and science of facilitating behavioural, educational, environmental, regulatory, organizational, or political mechanisms that enable individuals, groups, and communities to improve and increase control over their health, and to promote health equity.
  • 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 by Queen's of $5,000 (masters), $10,000 (PhD), 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

English Language Comprehension - English Score (TOEFL), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), or ELSA 140 or ESLA 150 or equivalent with supervisor's/SGS approval

Key Dates and Deadlines

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

Notification of Acceptance: successful candidates will be notified by letter of offer from their potential supervisor via email

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MA & MSc (99 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (102 KB)

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website


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