Master's in Human Kinetics (MHK)

Complete research related to physical education, sport, fitness, health, or wellness within Canadian and international contexts.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Stephen Ritchie, Coordinator

Telephone: 705.675.1151 ext 1046


Office: 250, B.F. Avery Physical Education Centre, Sudbury Campus,

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

To be admitted, students should hold an appropriate Bachelor's degree at the honours level, or its equivalent, with at least a B+ (75%).

Students entering the Masters in Human Kinetics (MHK) program will hold a 4-year degree in a Human Kinetics Field (e.g., Physical and Health Education; Kinesiology; Sports Psychology) or equivalent. Candidates who have graduated from a three year degree program in a related discipline may be admitted to a qualifying year. Candidates with an honours degree in a related field such as Life Sciences, Sports Administration, Nursing Science, Rehabilitation Therapy, Sociology, Psychology, Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biology and Biochemistry, to name a few, may be admitted to the MHK program. However, such candidates may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses in the School of Human Kinetics to round out their academic thesis preparation if deemed necessary by the admissions committee (students will be informed of this decision before being admitted to the program).

Important note: Currently the MHK program is proceeding through a revision process to include a Major Paper stream in addition to the Thesis stream. The Major Paper stream is pending approval with an anticipated start date of September 2020. If you are interested in the Major Paper stream, please contact the MHK coordinator for more information at 

Application Process

According to their area of interest, students are required to identify a faculty member who has agreed to supervise them prior to applying to the MHK.  Applicants will require: (1) a completed application, (2) an academic Curriculum Vitae, (3) official academic transcripts for all previous post secondary studies, (4) three reference forms, (5)  a completed Faculty Thesis Supervisor form, (6) a statement of interest and (7) any other pertinent information, including language scores if applicable. 

The following steps are recommended to apply to the MHK program:

Step 1. Contact the MHK Graduate Coordinator at or an individual faculty member about the possibility of becoming a MHK student.  Students are encouraged to consult the faculty list on the Faculty Members tab in order to identify a potential Faculty Thesis Supervisor (i.e. a faculty member they would like to work with).  Alternatively they are advised to contact the MHK Coordinator ( who will help them to identify a potential Faculty Thesis Supervisor.  Contacting a faculty member directly is best as the communication leads to discussions on potential thesis topics and availability of funding.


Step 2. To apply, click here. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at; sign in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.


  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at click on "Reference Submission" on the lefthand navigation menu)
  • Statement of Interest (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian; max 750 words)
  • Faculty Thesis Supervisor Form
  • Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts)  

*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.


Step 3. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the MHK Coordinator.  The MHK Coordinator will keep all the applications on file until the MHK Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.


Step 4. The MHK Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The MHK Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission. 


Step 5: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.


Important Admission Dates

Applications are accepted from October of each year on an on-going basis


Completed applications submitted to the Office of Admissions

March 1st 

MHK Admissions Committee will review applications and make admission recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies

March 7th-15th* 

The Dean of Graduate Studies will review the recommendations of the MHK Admissions Committee and make recommendations to the Office of Admissions 

March 15th -31st*

The Office of Admissions will send Offers of Admission

April 1st-15th*

The applicants will have until this date to respond to their offer via myLaurentian

3 weeks after Offer of Admission is received


If the MHK program does not have a full cohort of students, late applications and applicants on the waiting list will be reviewed by the MHK Admissions Committee.  The steps listed above will be followed; however, dates are not indicated. 


*Please note that these dates are variable and subject to chage.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process in general please contact 


For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Approved Fields of Study

  • Human Kinetics


Masters in Human Kinetics (MHK)  (Thesis Option):

PHED 5000E     Research Thesis  (12 cr)
PHED 5126E     Research Methods in Human Kinetics

PHED 5136E     Qualitative Methodologies in Human Kinetics 

     OR   PHED 5146E     Quantitative Methods in Human Kinetics

6 credits of elective courses; up to a maximum of 3 credits at 4000 level, and remainder at 5000 or 6000 level.


**Full-time Masters students are encouraged to complete their Thesis Proposal prior to the end of the 12th month of study within the program. 


Masters in Human Kinetics (MHK)  (Major Paper Option):

PHED 5005E     Major Paper  (6 cr)
PHED 5126E     Research Methods in Human Kinetics

PHED 5456E     Directed Individual Study in Human Kinetics 

     OR   PHED 5496E     Internship in Human Kinetics

12 credits of elective courses; up to a maximum of 6 credits at 4000 level, and remainder at 5000 or 6000 level.




PHED-5000EL - Thesis PHED-5026EL - Seminar in Human Kinetics I PHED-5027EL - Seminar in Human Kinetics II PHED-5126EL - Research Methods in Human Kinetics PHED-5136EL - Qualitative Methods: A Survey Course for Sport and Physical Activity
PHED-5146EL - Quantitative Measurement Methods: Instrumentation for Human Kinetics PHED-5406EL - Current Topics in Human Kinetics I PHED-5407EL - Current Topics in Human Kinetics II PHED-5456EL - Directed Individual Study in Human Kinetics PHED-5496EL - Internship in Human Kinetics