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Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology PhD

Admission Requirements

  • Research MSc in science (e.g., Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, or Physics) from a recognized university.
  • An established publication record.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicant selection is based on a superior academic record at the undergraduate and master's level, a detailed and convincing statement of purpose that clearly describes their academic interest in the program, and strong letters of recommendation. In addition, Admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department to serve as supervisor. Before final admission, applicants are required to find a faculty member to supervise their work.

Applicants with a BSc Honours and published results are also considered. Those applicants may be required to complete additional courses. Upon recommendation by full-time faculty members of the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, students registered in the MSc in Exercise Science at Concordia University who have completed 12 credits from the MSc program and who have shown themselves to be outstanding through performance in research may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies without submitting a master's thesis (fast-tracking).

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology Courses page for course descriptions.

Health and Exercise Science PhD (90 credits)

6

credits of Required Courses:

HEXS 801 Scientific Communication and Pedagogy in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)
HEXS 820 Special Topics in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)

6

credits of Electives Courses chosen from:

HEXS 810 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Physiology Module (3.00)
HEXS 811 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Intervention Module (3.00)
HEXS 812 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Population Health Module (3.00)

6

credits:

HEXS 850 Comprehensive Exam in Health and Exercise Science (6.00)

3

credits:

HEXS 851 Research Proposal in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)

69

credits:

HEXS 890 Research and Thesis in Health and Exercise Science (69.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations. Program Specific Requirements. Students must obtain an assessment grade point average (AGPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 6 credits.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is two years (six terms) of full-time study beyond the master’s degree, or three years (nine terms) of full-time study beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Time Limit. All work for the doctoral degree must be completed by the end of the fourth calendar year following the year of admission to candidacy, defined as successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam in Health and Exercise Science ( HEXS 850) and the Research Proposal in Health and Exercise Science ( HEXS 851). Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

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