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MSc in Health and Exercise Science

Master of Science (MSc)

Program overview

The MSc in Health and Exercise Science builds on the strengths of our undergraduate programs, looking at the mechanistic sciences and how the body works. Areas of specialization include the clinical areas of injury prevention, and the chronic care of certain diseases through exercise. Researchers in the department are asking important questions, from how the body produces new muscle proteins to how stress can influence the cardiovascular system. All of the program's courses are research-based in one way or another. Join a passionate student cohort in the booming field of Exercise Science.

Program details

Admission Requirements

  • BSc in Exercise Science or related field of study, which includes Kinesiology, Physiology, Psychology, or Biology.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

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

Health and Exercise Science MSc (45 credits)


credits of coursework:

  EXCI 610 Statistics and Research Design (3.00)
  EXCI 612 Laboratory Techniques (3.00)
  EXCI 624 Special Topics Seminar (3.00)
  EXCI 626 Thesis Proposal (3.00)


Thesis (one of the following courses):

  EXCI 670 Thesis (33.00)
  EXCI 680 Thesis (Athletic Therapy) (33.00)
  EXCI 690 Thesis (Clinical Exercise Physiology) (33.00)

Your completed application will include:

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures. 

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Consult the Graduate Calendar for a complete list of courses.

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology is pleased to offer outstanding candidates financial support through a variety of awards and scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered for funding and do not need to submit applications for these awards. Some examples of awards offered are:

Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowships, which vary in value and provide 2-years of funding.

Concordia Merit Scholarships, valued at $10,000 and paid over 1-year.

Out-of-Province Fee Remissions (Masters). This award carries a value of $6,000.00 over 4 terms, and is open to newly admitted, Canadian students in a Master's research program paying out-of-province fees. *Students paying the Quebec or international tuition rates are not eligible for this award

Prospective students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships with the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, or Canadian Institutes of Health Research depending on the field of interest.  Successful applicants who begin receiving full external fellowships/scholarships from a designated granting agency when starting their degree program at Concordia are offered a prestigious Special Entrance Award from Concordia during the first year of tenure of their External Award. 



Research in the department probes functional mechanisms from the molecular level to whole systems. Topics include:

  • injury prevention through neuromuscular control, joint stabilization, bracing, and flexibility.
  • physiological mechanisms of the control of blood flow and body temperature.
  • movement and balance control in neuromuscular disorders.
  • cellular and molecular adaptations to neuromuscular activity.
  • neural control of movement.
  • nutrition, hormones, and body composition.
  • behavioral medicine and chronic illnesses.
  • clinical and fundamental research on pain.
  • sleep physiology, sleep and cognition, mechanisms and treatments of sleep disorders.

The School of Health offers research opportunities, teaching, and training for faculty and students, communitiy health programs, and a full service athletic therapy clinic.

The HKAPSA Learning Lab (Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology Student Association - HKAPSA)

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