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 advance your knowledge and skills in the area of physical activity, health and exercise science.

Students in our programs are making an impact with applied research on issues we all face, like aging, becoming more active and recovering from injury or illness. We are conducting important studies on brain injuries, analyzing curriculum and instruction in physical education, exploring the psychology of physical activity, and much more.

Our Leisure Service Administration (MA) program is currently under review. If you are interested in recreation management, please email for information.

Graduate research areas

At the graduate level, our research and teaching strengths include:

  • socio-cultural influences on physical activity participation
  • exercise and rehabilitation
  • occupational physiology
  • coaching science
  • physical activity for psychological and physical wellbeing
  • recreation and sport management
  • teacher education
  • biomedical research
  • physical and health education

Looking to apply?

Find a supervisor

In order to be admitted to a graduate program in the school, you must first have a supervisor who is willing to take you on. You can explore our faculty profiles to find out we're working on.  You should choose a supervisor whose research is in the area of your interest. Some professors, Dr. Lara Lauzon, Dr. Doug Nichols Dr. PJ Naylor. and Dr. Kathy Gaul are not accepting graduate students right now. Feel free to email the potential supervisor with information about yourself. If you do not hear back, it’s possible they are already at their capacity.

Admission requirements

In addition to the requirements from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, admission to the master’s graduate programs in the School of Exercise Sceience, Physical and Health Education requires an undergraduate degree in the field or a related field. The related field would be determined by your supervisor and what you wish to study.


The program does not have a set deadline, applications are received at anytime prior to the beginning of the desired entry point. It is recommended to begin the program in September, and the recommended deadline is May 31st for domestic students and December 15th for international students.

How to apply

If you have determined that you meet the minimum academic and general requirements for admission to the Faculty of graduate studies and have secured a supervisor you can visit the Graduate Admissions and Records website. Follow the instructions on how to apply to become a UVic graduate student.

  • For admission the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records: 
    • Assessment reports from two academic referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced studies
    • Your academic transcripts
    • A letter of intent (see Letter of intent section)

Evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about English Language proficiency.

EPHE Graduate Student Handbook - for current students.