Master of Science and Master of Arts in Kinesiology


Take your learning and research to exciting new depths. Work with renowned scholars who are leaders in their fields. Join a vibrant community committed to creating, shaping, and sharing new knowledge of physical activity, exercise, sport and health. Discover your future in Kinesiology.

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto offers a unique learning environment where cutting-edge research takes place. Located in Canada’s most vibrant and culturally diverse city, the University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the world’s best research universities. Our location, size and diversity provide unique opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

The Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Areas of Research

We offer Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs immersed within a flourishing research culture encompassing the major disciplines of knowledge: life and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Our researchers are internationally recognized for important contributions to knowledge about physical activity, health and their interactions.

Areas of research cover the spectrum of physical activity, including exercise, play, sport, dance and physical inactivity.

Behavioural Studies

Areas include:

  • Exercise and sport psychology
  • Motor behaviour/motor learning
  • Physical activity and mental health

Explore the psychosocial determinants and consequences of physical activity, sport performance, injury and disability.

Researchers in this field also study sedentary behavior and the implications for mental health and well-being.

Biophysical Studies

Areas include:

  • Exercise physiology/biochemistry
  • Exercise and sport nutrition
  • Exercise and sport biomechanics

Investigate the impact of physical activity and exercise on physical health, performance, injury and adaptation in healthy and clinical populations, across a spectrum of ages.

Physical Cultural Studies

Areas include:

  • Social sciences in health and sport (community and international development)
  • Cultural studies in physical activity (gender, media, violence)
  • Ethics in health and physical activity

Investigate the social construction, institutional structuring, and mass mediation of sport, leisure, health, physical activity and exercise.

Researchers in this area also propose concrete policy amendments and cultural adaptations to foster more equitable, enjoyable and ethical physical activity environments for all.


The Graduate Department of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto provides research-stream graduate students with a base funding package equivalent to $8,500 plus tuition and incidental fees for years 1-2 of the full-time MA and MSc program.

The funding package may include funds from a variety of sources, including University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) stipend, teaching assistantship hours, research assistantship stipend, and internal and external awards.

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