Information for Prospective Graduate Students
Applied Health Sciences - Recreation & Leisure Studies
Information for Prospective Graduate Students
Interested in working closely with a faculty supervisor who is conducting cutting edge research in recreation and leisure studies? Looking for a personalized graduate learning experience where you aren’t lost in the crowd? Then the graduate programs offered through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies are for you!
We offer two graduate degrees through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies:
• Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences – Leisure Studies
• Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences – Social and Cultural Health Studies
Through these degree programs, you can focus your graduate studies on any number of topics related to recreation and leisure studies depending on your interests and those of your supervisor.
Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences – Leisure Studies
You’ll receive a unique educational experience which combines mentorship by a faculty supervisor and extensive small group work with fellow students and faculty from each of the five academic departments represented in the Applied Health Sciences program, including: Community Health Sciences, Nursing, Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies and Sport Management. You’ll have in-depth training, knowledge and research experience through thesis work while also benefiting from the broad, cross-disciplinary approach followed through your course work.
This advanced course work and strong research experience are intended to prepare you to continue your graduate training at the doctoral level or to pursue the wide variety of career possibilities in recreation and leisure services and related disciplines.
The objectives of the program are: a) to foster your ability to do high quality, scientifically rigorous research; b) to expand your understanding of concepts, theories and practices such that you can successfully advance to doctoral studies; c) to provide the knowledge base and skills to analyze and evaluate programs, policies, environmental issues, and organizational structures related to recreation and leisure studies; d) to enhance your ability to apply and disseminate new knowledge and practices to colleagues, practitioners, policy makers/analysts, and other professionals.
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences – Social and Cultural Health Studies
The PhD program is designed to help you develop knowledge through the systematic evaluation of evidence related to recreation and leisure experiences, and the overall health and well-being of individuals and groups. The goals of the program are to cultivate well-trained individuals who think creatively, who are able to critically evaluate both their own work and that of others, and are capable of conducting research and scholarship at the forefront of recreation and leisure studies. You’ll strive to demonstrate the ability to conduct research independently, and to develop a program of research that is both original and capable of making a significant contribution to the recreation and leisure studies field.
The program offers you the opportunity to participate in a customized program of study, including mentorship-style learning and concentrated inquiry in an area of interest. Course work emphasizes a broad approach, with particular attention to research techniques and the application of research methodology, current paradigms, and related conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical issues in recreation and leisure studies research.
Admissions Information & How to Apply
To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences – Leisure Studies or Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences – Social and Cultural Health Studies, you must meet the entrance requirements of both the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Visit the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Future Graduate Students page for more information.
Meet our Faculty
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is home to some of the world’s leading researchers and scholars. Our faculty have extensive experience working with graduate students – we pride ourselves on helping students achieve their goals and reach their full potential as researchers, academics and recreation and leisure professionals. Many of our faculty are engaged in national and international research projects through which graduate students have the opportunity to work with other leading researchers from around the globe. Our graduate students are regular contributors at highly regarded research conferences and symposia such as the Leisure Studies Association annual conference, the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, and the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research.
To learn more about us and find a supervisor, visit our Faculty & Staff page.
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Information for Current Graduate Students
Helping you meet your goals and finishing your program of study in a timely manner is important to us! Here are some contacts and links that we hope will provide you with the information for which you are looking!
Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Office: STH 437
T 905 688 5550 x4538
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: STH 435
T 905 688 5550 x4797
F 905 984 4851