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What will I learn?

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies offers graduate work leading to a PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies degree. The program offers students the opportunity to critically examine issues within the areas of health, exercise sciences, social science of physical activity and recreation, adapted physical activity, sport management and recreation and leisure studies.

Degree Requirements:

The PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies consists of 60 credit hours;

Course work - 12 credit hours
Thesis research - 48 credit hours
Total - 60 credit hours

Comprehensive Examination:

Upon completion of the required coursework, the PhD student must demonstrate to their Doctoral Committee members that they have acquired the necessary knowledge in their area of study through written and oral comprehensive examination. The Doctoral Committee will determine the student's success at this examination.

Doctoral Proposal and Dissertation:

The doctoral proposal and dissertation account for a portion of the 48 credit hours of KHS 901 in the student's program. The student must complete a doctoral dissertation that is scholarly, original and offering new contributions to the field of study. Prior to the commencement of the doctoral dissertation, the student must present to the Doctoral Committee a research proposal outlining the proposed dissertation research project including a comprehensive literature review and methodological details of the proposed work. The Doctoral Committee must approve this proposal prior to commencement of the dissertation research project.

Residency Requirement:

There in a one academic year residency requirement for the PhD program in KHS as enshrined in the course work required for the program. Each student must complete the KHS 900 course during the fall and winter semesters of year one (1) of the program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,254.00 (US$ 20,535) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


University of Regina

3737 Wascana Parkway,


Saskatchewan (SK),

S4S 0A2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Public Administration (MPA), or a Master's degree in a cognate discipline such as economics, political science, sociology, or educational administration from an accredited university and will be expected to have achieved an average of 75 percent or better in their Master's program. English language requirement: TOEFL (iBT): 20 each band; IELTS –Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 each; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59; CanTEST: 4.5 overall, 4.0 each; MELAB: 80.

For international students

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for fully-qualified admission to the PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies:

  • Completion of a thesis-based master's program, or non-thesis based master's program with relevant research experience in a field that is relevant to the area of study in the desired PhD program with a minimum graduating average of 70%. (Examples of acceptable programs may include: kinesiology, sport management, health-related disciplines)
  • Submission of a formal application package through FGSR, including a letter of intent outlining the rationale for pursuing doctoral education.
  • Identification of an area of research interest for which there is a KHS faculty member with appropriate expertise available and willing to supervise.
  • A statement of research interest along with a summary of proposed research program
  • Demonstration of individual potential for success in graduate studies, indicated through previous educational achievement as indicated on past academic transcripts.
  • Demonstration of potential for success in academic scholarship, to be measured through samples of written work including, published and/or unpublished scholarly papers and/or professional reports. Length of submission not to exceed 10 pages, double-spaced; 2500 words.
  • Demonstration of relevant work experience and achievement, presented in a detailed professional CV.
  • Recommendations from 2 referees, commenting on the applicant's ability to study at the doctoral level.

English language requirement:

  • TOEFL (iBT): 20 each band
  • IELTS – Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 each
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59

For Fall admission: April 15
For Winter admission: August 15

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


About University of Regina

The university is internationally renowned for excellence in academics and research and is recognized for its experiential approach toward learning.

  • Campus set within the largest urban park in North America
  • Ranked in top 15 comprehensive universities in Canada 2020
  • 25 per cent international students
  • Co-op scheme guarantees employment or further study

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