Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Field of Study:Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $9,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.


From visionary beginnings in 1968 and buoyed by a consistent record of innovation, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence placing it among world leaders in the field. The University of Waterloo offered one of the first undergraduate degree programs in recreation and leisure studies including the first co-operative education program, as well as the first MA and PhD programs in recreation and leisure studies in Canada.

Our students are mentored by leading experts and have the opportunity to apply theory to practice as they are introduced to the study of recreation and leisure as a phenomena as well as the planning, delivery and evaluation of recreation and leisure services. Through focus on community, environment, health and well-being, identity and diversity, and service and policy, we strive to critically evaluate leisure in its diverse forms with a goal of enhancing quality of individual and collective lives.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • A Master of Arts (MA) degree, (or its equivalent) in Recreation and Leisure Studies or related field, with a minimum 75% average in master's level coursework.
  • Completion of an MA thesis.
  • Each applicant must submit a written statement outlining their research interests.
  • Students seeking admission to the PhD program should indicate in the letter of application who would be appropriate as a faculty advisor. Based on student and faculty research interests and availability, each student will be assigned an interim advisor when first admitted. This interim advisor, in consultation with the Graduate Officer, will assist in determining an individualized program of study for the student. The interim advisor may become the supervisor for the comprehensive examination and for the doctoral thesis.
  • Application Notes :
  • Résumé/Curriculum vitae indicating past academic and professional experience.
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • Writing sample: Students must submit a copy of previous academic work, such as a term paper, published manuscript or master's thesis.
  • 3 References: academic
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 02, 2022