Admission Requirements to the PhD program, applicants must have:
- A master's degree from the University of Toronto, or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in kinesiology is preferred.
- Successfully defended a thesis at a recognized university.
- An academic standing equivalent of a University of Toronto A- (80-84%) in the master's degree completed.
- Sought out a potential supervisor from our faculty. No applicant will be admitted to the program, regardless of academic standing, unless they have a supervisor. A supervisor is not required at the time of application, but applicants are encouraged to begin their search early. For a full list of our faculty members, please click here.
Admission Requirements to the direct-entry option PhD program, applicants must have:
An appropriate Bachelor of Kinesiology, or its equivalent from the University of Toronto or from another recognized university
A background in kinesiology or a discipline compatible with the research interests and interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is preferred.
An academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A– (80% to 84%) in the last five full-course equivalents of relevant, senior-level undergraduate courses.
A potential supervisor identified from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. A supervisor is not required at the time of application, but applicants are encouraged to begin their search early. Only applicants who have a supervisor will be admitted to the program.
For English language requirement details, please see the international students section of this site.
For details about the admissions process and application instructions, please visit the section: How to Apply
PhD Admissions FAQs:
1. What is the difference between the MPK program and the MSc program?
The MPK program is a course-based graduate program in the professional practice of kinesiology. This full-time, 16-month program offers a mix of classroom, case-based, laboratory and experiential education. The MPK provides unparalleled learning environments for hands-on practice, working alongside leading practitioners in downtown Toronto and across the GTA.
Whereas, the MSc program at 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.
2. What are the application deadlines?
The application deadline (including the application fee of $125 CDN all supporting documents and letters of references) is:
Doctoral Studies in Kinesiology (PhD): January 15, 2021
Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc): February 1, 2021
3. Is there a format to follow for the statement of interest?
Please complete the statement of interest within the required page limit and upload it to your application. All documents should be single spaced, using Times New Roman and 12pt font.
4. Do I need to submit official transcripts?
All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date, readable, and must include the transcript “legend” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. More detailed requirements for scanning and submitting can be found below. The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on this scanned transcript. Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting. For more specific information please visit; Transcripts and Supporting Document Submission.
5. What kind of writing samples do I need to provide?
The two samples of scholarly writing can be essays, publications or the abstract and results section of a thesis (please do not upload your entire thesis, instead you may submit the abstract and results sections only). All other samples should not exceed 8-10 pages. Any samples that exceed this page limit will NOT be accepted.
6. Can I identify more than one supervisor I am interested in working with?
You can definitely write down more than one name as a potential supervisor.
We highly recommend that you look on our website to view our Faculty members and their research, to determine a supervisor that would best be suited to your interests.
You will have to indicate a potential supervisor upon completing the application. Our Faculty members can be found via our Faculty Listing.
7. What if I need help with my application?
For specific questions about admissions and program requirements, please contact email@example.com.
For determining the status of your application, please visit the 'My Applications' page after you log into your account.
For information on international degree equivalencies, please see Applying as an International Student.
For questions about the online application or the application process in general, please refer to the SGS FAQ section. If your question is not answered in these resources, please contact us at the email address or phone number below.
Be sure to always include your name and 12-digit Applicant Number in your emails or phone messages.
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8. What do I do if a referee doesn't have an institutional e-mail address?
You will enter your referees’ names and (institutional) email addresses into your Online Application. The system will automatically email an electronic reference request to each referee when the application fee is paid. It is highly recommended that applicants contact their referees ahead of time to confirm both their availability their preferred institutional email address. If your referee does not have an institutional email address, please contact email@example.com.
9. Did you receive my supporting documentation?
You are responsible to ensure that you have read and understood the application requirements, and that you have gathered all the necessary components of your application package by the deadline. You can check the receipt status of your documents by logging into the Online Application and viewing the details of your application.
10. When will I know the results of my application?
Applicants may monitor the status of their application by logging into the Online Application. Once all documents to be submitted online have been received, your status will be updated to "Documents received (excluding official transcripts)."