Master of Science 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 Graduate Department of Kinesiology offers guaranteed funding and supports a dynamic learning environment, led by accomplished faculty. Our researchers are internationally recognized for important contributions to knowledge about physical activity, health and their interactions.

Areas of Research

We offer MSc and PhD programs immersed within a flourishing research culture encompassing the major disciplines of knowledge: life and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Areas of research cover the spectrum of physical activity, including exercise, play, sport, dance and physical inactivity.

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.

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.

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.

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