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Kinesiology (PhD)

Kinesiology (PhD)

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As our population ages and physical activity declines, there is a critical need for advanced researchers who can investigate and understand physical activity, sport, exercise, health and physical education. Our PhD in Kinesiology provides a highly integrated approach to scholarship, so you can follow your research passion and become expert in the field. When you complete this program, you’ll be able to engage in research and take part in the vital conversation about our nation’s health.

You’ll collaborate with faculty mentors as you conduct leading-edge research in one of our core research areas:

  • movement science
  • health
  • psychology of physical activity
  • sport development

You’ll also gain valuable experience working with a wide range of populations, from developing children to children with motor delays, from healthy older adults to those dealing with challenging disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

Mark Eys, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x4157

General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x2116

Faculty and Staff


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $22,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our program has four core research strengths:

  • Movement science: motor control, biomechanics and physiology.
  • Health: wellbeing of individuals, risk factors that influence health, and the methods to evaluate health and social services within a variety of populations.
  • Psychology of physical activity: using psychological principles for understanding performance and adherence to physical activity and sport.
  • Sport development: sociocultural issues in sports, including sport history and ethics.


  • A master’s degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education or related disciplines with a minimum A- standing.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, academic writing sample and letters of reference.
  • Exceptional students may obtain early entry to the PhD program from our master’s program.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


  • academic settings
  • upper-level management positions in a wide range of health and physical activity-related settings

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