Application for Admissions


ALL applications should be received on-line by January 31st for the best opportunity for review and consideration.The system opens in November of each year.  You may start an application on line and return to finish it at a later date but to do this you should make note of any number that is assigned. If you exit without noting this number, or if a number is not yet assigned, you may relocate your applicaton by searching your last name.  You may click on the online application link.

PLEASE NOTE: the minimum acceptable average for consideration of admission to the MSc program is B plus (~79%) in a 4 year bachelor's program.  Applicants to the PhD program must have a Master's degree (thesis-based) in a relevant program with a minimum of B plus (~79%) to be considered for admission. The application deadline for materials to be submitted is the last day of the following January.


  1. One official ORIGINAL transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. If the transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, any offer issued will be conditional upon the applicant achieving the appropriate academic standing (79% or better) and providing proof of same.
  2. Two Confidential Reports on Applicant for Admission (Word or PDF ) from instructors most familiar with your academic work.  Referees are able to upload their confidential assessments directly to the on-line admission site and will receive an auto-email telling them that a student has listed him or her as a referee.  Referees may included narrative letters if they so wish.
  3. If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A MINIMUM TOEFL score of 580 (or 237) for the Faculty of Science.
  4. Statement of interest in pursuing graduate studies.  Approximately one page telling why you are interested in the field, what you wish or intend to accomplish in your studies, and any information you think would be of use to the reviewing committee. This statement (along with a current resume - see 1. below)  may be emailed to
  5. Original documentation should be forwarded directly to Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Ivor Wynne Centre 219C, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

Applications must be accompanied by the required $110.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit card payment or a cheque drawn on a Canadian bank make payable to McMaster University. Cheques drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15.00 processing fee for a total of $125.00. If paying by cheque it should be forwarded directly to the School of Graduate Studies.

Additional Information

  1. We advise you to provide a cv/resume or a list on a separate page of any research, teaching, or work experience related to your proposed area of specialization.  The most important aspect of your application is how well you appear to fit with the supervisor and research team in your desired subspeciality.  You are more than the sum of your grades.
  2. Applicants are urged to declare any disabilities, as well as to provide details concerning accommodations provided by their previous educational institutions, at the time of application. Such declaration is encouraged particularly in cases where it is felt that the disability may have affected past academic performance, and/or where accommodation may be required in order for the student to be successful in his/her graduate program. The School of Graduate Studies policy with regard to students with disabilities is to be found in section 6 of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. The full policy and further information may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies or the Centre for Student Development, PHONE 905 525 9140 ext. 24354; FAX 905 528 3749.

Contact Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Ivor Wynne Centre
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1