What will I learn?

Program Requirements

The objective of the Ph.D. in Kinesiology Sciences is to provide opportunities for in-depth research experience in (an) area(s) of Departmental expertise within the breath of kinesiology research. The program will provide graduate research training in kinesiology-related areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, physical and health education pedagogy, and sport, exercise and health psychology provided by a rich environment in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Students with a Master's degree in kinesiology or related discipline or equivalent background will qualify to apply. Students will complete 12 credits of required courses, including a capstone course intended to survey contemporary issues in kinesiology research, and two complementary courses intended to provide adequate theoretical depth to support their program of research.

Required Courses (12 credits)

EDKP 605 Research Methods 1 (3 credits)
EDKP 617 Seminar in Kinesiology and Physical Education 1
EDKP 618 Seminar in Kinesiology and Physical Education 2
EDKP 619 Seminar in Kinesiology and Physical Education 3
EDKP 620 Seminar in Kinesiology and Physical Education 4
EDKP 661D1 Current Topics in Kinesiology Research (3 credits)
EDKP 661D2 Current Topics in Kinesiology Research (3 credits)
EDKP 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
EDPE 676 Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

A minimum of 6 credits from the following; other courses, at the 500-level or higher, on these topics from the Faculty of Education or other Faculties may be selected subject to approval of the program adviser.

EDKP 603D1 Individual Reading Course 1 (3 credits)
EDKP 603D2 Individual Reading Course 1 (3 credits)
EDKP 616 Individual Reading Course 2 (3 credits)
EDKP 630 Human Walking Mechanics (3 credits)
EDKP 635 Modeling Human Movement (3 credits)
EDKP 640 Advanced Ergonomics (3 credits)
EDKP 650 Research in Physical Education Pedagogy (3 credits)
EDKP 652 Cardio-Respiratory Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
EDKP 654 Sport Psychology (3 credits)
EDKP 655 Inclusive Physical Activity (3 credits)
EDKP 662 Nerve/Muscle Exercise Response (3 credits)
EDKP 664 Motor Learning (3 credits)
EDKP 665 Motor Behaviour and Disability (3 credits)
EDKP 671 Experimental Problems (3 credits)
EDKP 672D1 Advanced Experimental Problems (3 credits)
EDKP 672D2 Advanced Experimental Problems (3 credits)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,750.76 (US$ 13,328) per year
CAN $558.36 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

1 September 2022, 15 January 2023

Start date

31 August 2022, 4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in McGill University's credit equivalency of 3.2/4.0 (second class–upper division) during their bachelor's and master's degree programs.

For international students

  • A Master's degree in Kinesiology or a related discipline, or an equivalent background, is required.
  • A minimum academic standing equivalent to a CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: Jan. 15 and for Winter Term: Sept. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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