Master of Science (MSc)

Meet Lisa Nguyen, MSc candidate in Kinesiology

“Overall, I feel that Western creates such a wonderful environment of support and resources that allow me to thrive in my academic journey.”

Describe your research.
My research examines how chronic disease can be prevented through physical activity promotion programs. I’ll be conducting a cost-effective analysis on a physical activity tracking mobile app to determine how many healthcare dollars would be saved if the government implemented this intervention as part of healthy public programming.

Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
My favourite places to do work on campus would be the Thames Hall atrium because of the beautiful living wall. I think the natural lighting in this building fosters a very inviting and uplifting environment that enhances your mental health during busy times.

What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about making “the healthier choice, the easier choice” to promote optimal health and well-being in the community. Western has provided me with many opportunities to engage in my passions, which is reflected in the research I conduct and the courses I take through my MSc.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive?
My grad program provides many resources that support our academic development and learning objectives. For example, the School of Kinesiology offers a bi-weekly graduate seminar that prompts us to think critically about scientific literature in ways that we haven’t before. We’ve also had seminars on career paths after graduate school to help identify long-term career goals that align with our personal strengths and interests that have been incredibly helpful.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice I could give to someone considering applying to my graduate program is to do your research early on. There are so many wonderful faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology that conduct specific research tailored to their areas of interest – so it helps to take a look at their recent publications/lab website to see if their research interests align with yours. It also helps to network with current students in the program to get a glimpse into their day-to-day lives to give you an idea of what to expect when you’re in the program.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Laurie Bodin (
Graduate Program Assistant

School of Kinesiology

Western University
3M Centre Room 2230
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 83075

Master’s degree graduates can continue to the doctoral level in the same or related area within Kinesiology at Western, or elsewhere. Master’s degrees can also lead to other professional programs such as medicine and physical therapy, or provide specialization and enhanced marketing, and related government fields.

Program Length

  • 6 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at

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Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to master’s programs require an admission average of 70% or greater in the last two years of full-time study (calculated by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies upon submission of the application) in a bachelor-level honors degree in Kinesiology or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

Please contact the Kinesiology Graduate Program for details about the application process and timelines, including specific information about scholarships and International applications.

Acceptance notifications are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Fields of Research

  • Integrative Bioscience in Kinesiology