Graduate studies

Cory Coehoorn helping a fire fighter put on gear

Cory Coehoorn assists a local fire fighter to put on his gear before climbing on the treadmill as part of Dr. Lynneth Stuart-Hill’s research into how first responders cope with the unique physical demands of their jobs.

Amber Nordquist looking through a video-recorder

Kinesiology graduate student Amber Nordquist worked with Drs. Lynneth Stuart-Hill and Viviene Temple to evaluate the physiological responses of kids participating in programs at the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Navin Kaushal studying a test subject in the Behavioural Medicine Lab

Navin Kaushal came to UVic to work with Dr. Ryan Rhodes in the Behavioural Medicine Lab. He researched what it takes to integrate exercise into our daily routines and make it a habit.

Andrea Dougan coaching in a gym

Physical education teacher Andrea Dougan has returned to UVic to take the MEd in Coaching Studies. She loves that she is able to take classes over the summer and continue teaching while she studies.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs will help you build your career in physical activity and health in the context of schools, work, community, or sport. To give you a competitive edge in teaching, administration, sports medicine and more, our programs offer:

  • a strong focus on both basic and applied research
  • faculty mentorship from national and internationally renown researchers
  • program flexibility that includes coursework, laboratory learning experiences, and research in community settings

As a graduate student in the School, you'll have many opportunities to conduct innovative research that aims to solve problems and benefit society.

Current Graduate Student Handbook

How to apply

1. Determine if you meet the admission requirements

To become a graduate student in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, you'll need:

  • a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution in a field related to what you wish to study here. Admission to the kinesiology PhD program also requires a master’s degree in kinesiology or a related field.
  • a grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the last two years of you bachelor's degree
  • proof of English language proficiency

Before you apply, please read the full list of minimum requirements for graduate studies at UVic.

2. Choose your program and research area

The School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education currently offers five programs (four* Masters and one PhD) in three different areas.

*Previously, we have also offered an MA in Leisure Service Administration. This program is currently under review. If you are interested in recreation management, please email for information.

Within these three programs, our research and teaching strengths include:

  • socio-ecological influences on physical activity participation
  • exercise rehabilitation
  • occupational/exercise physiology
  • coaching science
  • digital health
  • physical activity for psychological and physical wellbeing
  • physical activity and health behaviour intervention
  • biomechanics and Neurophysiology
  • serious leisure
  • teacher education
  • Indigenous Peoples' health, healing, sport and wellness

3. Find a supervisor

In order to be admitted into our graduate kinesiology and physical education programs, you'll need to find a supervisor who is willing to take you on. If you are applying to the coaching studies MEd program, you will be assigned a supervisor after you acceptance.

4. Determine when you need to apply

While our graduate programs don't have a set deadline or start date, we recommend that you aim to begin the program in September. To do this, you should aim to apply by May 31 for domestic students and December 15 for international students.

5. Apply online

When you're ready to apply, you can apply through the UVic online application portal. You'll need to create a new profile if you're brand new to UVic. From there, you'll be guided through the application process.For admission the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records:

As part of the application process, you'll need to submit: 

  • assessment reports from two academic referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced studies
  • Your academic transcripts
  • A letter of intent (two pages or less) introducing yourself, describing your academic background, your specific area of research interest, as well as your career goals. You should also identify a faculty member as a possible supervisor.

Start your application now