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Kinesiology (MKin)

Kinesiology (MKin)

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Our Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is designed with the objective of providing you with a highly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of the relationships among physical activity, health and disease in various populations. Explore your research interest and become specialized in a kinesiology sub-discipline including biomechanics, health, exercise physiology, motor control or sport psychology. The emphasis of the thesis will be based on your own interests and your adviser’s research interests within this broad framework.

Program Options

This program is normally completed in two years (six consecutive terms). You will complete four credits, including a master’s thesis.

To graduate, you must obtain a grade of B- in all graduate courses, with an overall average of B.

In your first year of the program, you’ll take KP601: Seminar in Kinesiology I; KP620: Statistical Reasoning and Advanced Experimental Analysis; and KP622: Advanced Research Design in Human Movement, Health and Development. In your second year, you’ll take KP611: Seminar in Kinesiology II.

You’ll also choose two elective courses, depending on your interests and the focus of your research.

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  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive an average of $14,500 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty supervise students in a wide range of research interests, including:

  • motor learning and execution
  • motor development and control
  • motor delays or developmental disabilities
  • perception and gait
  • psychology of physical activity/sports
  • chronic illness, disability, health and aging
  • biomechanics
  • neurophysiology
  • muscle and exercise physiology
  • historical and ethical aspects of sport


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in kinesiology, health, physical education or a related field.
  • A minimum B average in the last two years of study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a writing sample and letters of reference.
  • At the discretion of the graduate coordinator and the supervisor, students with minor background deficiencies may be required to include specific undergraduate courses in their program.


Our graduates have gone on to work in professional fields, academics/education, rehabilitation and research.

Examples of jobs held by our graduate include:

  • physical therapy/occupational therapy chiropractor
  • senior specialist, heart and stroke
  • pedorthist
  • research associate/coordinator

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