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PhD Exercise Sciences

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20530 CAD
20530 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580

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About this course

The field of exercise sciences is interdisciplinary. The Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences offers Master of Scienceand Doctor of Philosophy programs for students interested in research, academic, and professional careers relating to:

  • Applied/exercise/environmental physiology
  • Metabolic and endocrinological aspects of physical activity
  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Muscle physiology
  • Physical fitness
  • Psychological aspects of sport and physical activity
  • Psychophysiological aspects of exercise and stress
  • Sociocultural aspects of sport and physical activity
  • Women's health and physical activity


The Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is committed to the development, advancement and dissemination of knowledge about physical activity and health.

For more than 35 years, we have offered a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum for those interested in studies at the graduate level.


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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

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Course Modules




The PhD degree program is designed as a four-year program consisting of the completion of course work (1.5 FCEs) and other requirements. Students are encouraged to develop a program of study that will enhance their basic understanding of critical areas of study within Exercise Sciences and have a direct impact on their research program. Doctoral students are also expected to further develop their scholarly and technical research skills so that they may pursue a high quality research project culminating in the presentation of a major formal written dissertation and an internal and external oral defence of their research.

Please note that doctoral students must have completed all degree requirements exclusive of final departmental and Senate oral defences by the end of their 3rd year in order to continue in the PhD program. 



Course Requirements
1.0 FCE in Exercise Sciences or another Department
0.5 FCE Statistics or Methodology course (in Exercise Sciences or other Department)
Graduate Seminar Course 
Notes: FCE = full course equivalent
            [1.0 FCE can mean either one full course or two (0.5) half courses]

Additional Requirements:

1. Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations.
2. A thesis proposal written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its oral defence before an examination committee.
3. Internal defence of an original thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its oral defence before an examination committee.
4. Senate defence of an original thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its oral defence before an examination committee.
5. Annual meeting of student and supervisory committee.

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How to Apply

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants must have:

  • A master's degree from the University of Toronto, or a recognized university. Formal graduate training in exercise sciences is preferred.
  • Successfully defended a thesis at a recognized university
  • An academic standing equivalent of a University of Toronto A- (80-84%) in the master's degree completed
  • Sought out a potential supervisor from our faculty. No applicant will be admitted to the program, regardless of academic standing, unless they have a supervisor. A supervisor is not required at the time of application, but applicants are encouraged to begin their search early. 

A complete application package includes:


  • Completion and submission of the online application form, including the non-refundable the application fee payment of $120 CDN.


  • Two letters of reference - These must submitted through the on-line web form by providing your referee's institutional email address. Personal email addresses will not be accepted.


  • Please be sure to inform your referee well in advance that you are submitting their email address and that they will receive a request generated by email to complete the web form. It is your responsibility to remind your referee of the deadline to submit their reference. 


  • Statement of Interest - A one page statement explaining your research interests and why you are applying to the program.
  • Current CV (curriculum vitae).


  • Two samples of scholarly writing - these can be essays, publications or the abstract and results section of a thesis (please do not upload your entire thesis, instead you may submit the abstract and results sections only). All other samples should not exceed 8-10 pages. Any samples that exceed this page limit will NOT be accepted. 


  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable). If you cannot provide proof of English language proficiency, your application will not be considered.


  • One copy of your up-to-date transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended whether or not a degree was conferred. Transcripts may be uploaded to the application form in the initial phase of the application process. The Department will request official, original copies if you are offered admission.

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