Hello and welcome to the Department of Kinesiology!  Thanks for taking the time to visit our site and for your interest in our program. As of November each year we begin accepting applications for the next academic year (entry the following September). The Kinesiology department at McMaster has a thriving and active group of extremely productive researchers. We have areas of research focus in Biomechanics, Cellular and Exercise Physiology, Health Psychology, Motor Learning and Motor Control, as well as Rehabilitation. In each of these areas we have some of the leading Canadian and, indeed, the world's leading researchers. Funding for research for these scholars comes from all of Canada’s three major funding councils SSHRC , NSERC , and CIHR , and from a wide variety of private and public agencies. Altogether our faculty members hold grants as principal and co-investigators that total in excess of $1.6 million annually. All faculty members are committed to providing a collegial, interactive, and enriching experience for their students. National and international exchanges of students with other labs are common and seen as a terrific adjunct to a number of student’s course of study.

Our students have enjoyed tremendous success in obtaining external funding for their work.  Forty-five percent of our MSc students and 55% of our PhD students are externally funded; all students who qualify for entrance are required to apply for some form of funding from a variety of agencies, including the tri-council agencies listed above and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, as appropriate.

So you might be asking yourself, where do I start? Well the first thing is to take a look at our faculty profiles and find someone with whom you might be interested in working, and contact them. On an individual basis seek their advice and counsel about what you might do while working with them. Although intake is primarily September, the beginning of the academic year, we occasionally accept students to start in January.We are always interested in qualified applicants and we make decisions regarding students on an ‘ad hoc’ rolling basis, so feel free to contact a faculty member directly about his or her interest in supervising!

What can I do with my degree? Our graduates have gone on to pursue a number of careers in academics, health-related professional, teaching, sales, pure research, and a number of other areas. No matter what your end goal, we can provide you with an excellent experience. We are proud of the achievements of all of our graduate students; they are our best ambassadors.

If we can be of assistance do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Administrator, at kingrad@mcmaster.ca. We look forward to hearing from all of you!

Best of luck,
Jim Lyons
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

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