Professional Kinesiology

Program Overview

Kinesiology is a newly regulated and evolving profession. The Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) program offers students an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills in this professional practice. Whether you are just beginning your career or are a Registered Kinesiologist, the MPK will provide you with the advanced knowledge and practice to take your career further.

This full-time, 16-month course-based program offers a mix of classroom, case-based, laboratory, and experiential education. Graduates will acquire research-informed and multidisciplinary expertise in:

  • Movement assessment and intervention in diverse practice areas
  • Knowledge synthesis, translation, and application
  • Evaluation of clinical and program effectiveness
  • Collaboration with interprofessional health-care teams
  • Conceptualizing future kinesiology practice

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Fall 2024 entry



Fall 2024 entry


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Master of Professional Kinesiology

Program Description

The first master’s-level program of its kind in Ontario, the Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) degree program offers students an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the professional practice of kinesiology. The MPK provides unparalleled learning environments for hands-on practice working alongside leading practitioners. This program is suitable for those who are just beginning their careers, and those who have experience as registered kinesiologists and are looking for advanced professional development. The MPK program may be completed with a concentration or without a concentration.

  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Exercise as Medicine
  • Health and Wellness
  • High Performance Strength and Conditioning

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Kinesiology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have a four-year bachelor's degree in kinesiology, physical education, human kinetics, or a complementary degree in health science, life science, and/or movement/rehabilitation science. In order to be eligible for admission with a complementary degree, practical experience in the area of kinesiology is required.

  • Applicants may also be considered for admission with a four-year bachelor’s degree in an area not described above, with at least 5 years of work experience in the area of kinesiology, and evidence of professional training or certification in the area of kinesiology (for example, strength and conditioning certification, physical literacy certification).

  • Regardless of the admission pathway, all applicants must have a minimum mid-B average (73% to 76%) in the final year.

  • Resumé.

  • Two letters of reference. At least one letter must be from an academic referee.

  • Letter of intent which identifies the area of interest and reasons for pursuing the program.

  • Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. The Faculty prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with the following minimum scores:

    • paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE);

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 12.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as listed below. Consult the department for more details on sequence and timing of courses.

Course Code Course Title
Introduction to Professional Kinesiology
MPK4001Y Clinical Assessment and Interventions
Biophysical Assessment and Interventions
Behavioral Assessment and Interventions
Physical, Culture, Health, and Social Environments
Strength Based Professional Practice
Interprofessional Practice
Practice Setting Considerations
Evidence Supported Practice
Business of Kinesiology and Entrepreneurship
Professional Practice
Capstone Project: Improving Kinesiology Practice
MPK4015H Practice and Program Evaluation
Placement 1 (300 hours)
Placement 2 (300 hours)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Concentration Requirements

  • Students must follow departmental application procedures and can apply to only one MPK concentration.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the area of concentration, including:

    • in at least 1.5 FCEs of MPK courses, complete a major course assignment in the area of concentration

    • a minimum of 300 placement hours in the area of concentration (0.5 FCE)

    • a final capstone project in the area of concentration (1.0 FCE).

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years