Program

Applications accepted up to June 1, to start in September of same year. Some funding competitions begin in December and early applications will be considered for these opportunities.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The College of Kinesiology Graduate Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in diverse areas including behavioural science, biomechanics, bone research, functional and exercise physiology, motor learning and control, and pedagogy.

Our students have access to office and lab space, work in a collaborative atmosphere, and have opportunities to gain research and teaching experience, participate in community outreach initiatives, volunteer activities and social events. Immersed in a research rich environment, our students are highly successful in terms of Tri-Council awards and publications and present their work regularly at major conferences, often within their first year.

The program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the following areas:

  • Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
  • Social psychological research in physical activity for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Women and girls' physical activity and health
  • Pedagogy

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Cathy ArnoldFall Prevention, Older Adults and Exercise Prescription, Fall Biomechanics
Adam Baxter-JonesBone Health, Growth and Development, Women's Health, Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
Larry BrawleyBiomechanics and motor control, social psychology, Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
Scotty ButcherStrength training methodology/biomechanics, high-Intensity interval training, muscle oxygenation during exercise, exercise testing/training methods
Karen ChadMetabolic & Endocrinological, Women's Health
Phil ChilibeckNeuromuscular Adaptations, Bone Health, Metabolic & Endocrinological, Women and Girls' Physical Activity and Health, Sports nutrition
Marta ErlandsonGrowth and Development, Women and Girls' Physical Activity and Health, Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
Jon FarthingNeuromuscular Adaptations, Biomechanics & Motor Control, Bone Health, Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
Leah FergusonAboriginal Health, Social psychological research in physical activity for health promotion and disease, Women and Girls' Physical Activity and Health
Heather-Jean FouldsAboriginal Health, Cardiovascular Physiology, Cardiovascular Health across the Menopausal Transition, Exercise Physiology
Nancy GyurcsikChronic diseases with emphasis on chronic pain and arthritis, Social psychology, Women's health
Louise HumbertWomen's Health, Pedagogy
Saija KontulainenMusculoskeletal Health, Biomechanics, Women's Health
Kent KowalskiSocial Psychology, Women's Health
Joel LanovazBiomechanics & Motor Control, Neuromuscular Adaptations, Bone Health
Alison OatesBiomechanics & Motor Control, Neuromuscular Adaptations
Sarah OosmanAboriginal health Intervention research, Culture-based research, Health promotion, Population health, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic conditions
Carol RodgersMetabolic & Endocrinological, Women's Health
Kevin SpinkSocial psychological research in physical activity for health promotion and disease prevention
Corey TomczakCardiac Physiology, Cardiac Remodeling, Cardiac Rehabilitation
Catherine TraskMusculoskeletal health and MS injury/disorder prevention, Exposure assessment, Epidemiology of work-related exposures and musculoskeletal disorder

Tuition and funding

Funding

Various College and University scholarships are available for new students.  All accepted students receiving some level of support. Funding amounts are competitively determined based on academic standing.

The typical three-year funding package for a doctoral student with a Tri-Council Award is up to $126,000. A total three year funding package for a College of Kinesiology Doctoral Graduate Student Scholarship holder is $60,000. Three times travel assistance for Ph.D. students (up to $500).

Master's students usually receive funding at the following levels:

  • $32,000 over their two year program (College of Kinesiology Graduate Student Scholarship)
  • $20,000 over their two year program (Teaching Assistantship)
  • $34,000 over their two year program (Graduate Teaching Fellowship)
  • $32,000 over their two year program (Graduate Research Fellowship)
  • Two times travel assistance for M.Sc. students (up to $500)

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field, from a recognized university in a relevant discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. coursework required in Masters’ program)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the program office listed below:

  • A resume/CV
  • A 500-700 cover letter indicating your research interests and your proposed faculty supervisor.

Contact

College of Kinesiology
87 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B2

Graduate Chair
Dr. Jon Farthing

Graduate Administration
Email: kin.grad@usask.ca