Effective September 1, 2020, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education will introduce two significant modifications to its graduate program. Along with a name change to its graduate department, it will create a direct-entry option in the PhD program.
The name of the faculty’s graduate program is being changed from Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences to Graduate Department of Kinesiology to better align with the inter- and multidisciplinary research interests and expertise of the faculty, which cuts across the physical/behavioural and social sciences/humanities.
“The name exercise sciences no longer adequately reflects the depth and breadth of sport, exercise, physical activity and health-related research conducted by graduate students,” says Ashley Stirling, associate professor and vice dean of academic affairs at KPE. “We’re also expecting the name change will help attract the attention of a wider and more diverse pool of applicants across Canada and internationally.”
The direct entry option will allow for eligible students to apply directly from a bachelor’s degree to the PhD. Students in this option will be required to successfully complete 2.5 full course equivalents (FCEs), write a comprehensive exam, defend a PhD proposal and complete an original dissertation. The program length will be five years, with the extra year providing direct-entry students with additional opportunities to develop research, writing, presentation and other professional development skills.
“The creation of a direct-entry option in the PhD program will allow our faculty to recruit top-level national or international undergraduate students into its PhD program, and will also provide a pathway for eligible students who have completed, or are completing a non-thesis-based master’s program, to apply to the PhD program, without doing a second research-stream master’s,” says Professor Michael Atkinson, director of the faculty’s graduate program.
“These students have the requisite research and professional skill set of late stage master’s students, but cannot currently be admitted to the PhD. The new direct-entry option will allow the Faculty to attract these exceptional students to its PhD program.”
It is expected that a maximum of two students per year will be admitted with this background. This will be the first formalized direct-entry PhD program in kinesiology in the province of Ontario. Other kinesiology programs in the province and country offer transfers from a master’s program to a PhD on a case-by-case basis.
The direct-entry PhD option will include a guaranteed base funding package equivalent to $17,750 plus tuition and incidental fees for years 1-5 of the full-time direct-entry PhD program.
Admission of these students will not lower target PhD numbers or guaranteed funding packages in the four-year doctoral program.
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