Students will acquire knowledge and have opportunities to apply what they learn in various types of organizations and contexts related to sport, leisure and physical activity. They will gain theoretical and practical training in governance and management principles, related to planning, policy making, marketing, entrepreneurship, and communications. Students will critically examine the impacts of organizations, sport events and festivals, and learn to evaluate the influence of policy relating to sport, leisure and physical activity, on individuals and society.

Students will acquire the management skills needed to understand the Canadian sport system, its organizations and people. For example, they will gain an enriched understanding of governmental, for-profit, and non-profit organizations in sport and leisure, ranging from local to international organizations in professional sport, municipal recreation departments, sport events, and the commercial sector. Students will receive training informed by social sciences (e.g., management, sociocultural, leisure studies, psychology). Management courses will give students opportunities to gain competencies in the planning, organizing, marketing, leadership, and evaluation of sport, leisure and recreation organizations and events. Students will acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills related to the latest developments in branding and marketing a sport, leisure or recreation organization, and managing volunteers in a sport event or festival. Sociocultural courses will enable students to learn about historical and contemporary issues affecting how people interact in organizations and in society. Students will have opportunities to understand the reasons behind current situations and gain skills in critical inquiry they can use to facilitate change in organizations.

Graduates will have developed management skills allowing them to better integrate into the workplace upon graduation and contribute to their organization and society. They will have acquired skills to provide advocacy and recommendations to policy and decision-makers at all levels of the sport system, from the municipality to Sport Canada, and international sport organizations. Our graduates will also have gained interpersonal, networking, and critical thinking skills, which will benefit their job marketability. They can pursue career-paths in various segments of the sport, leisure and recreation industries (government, non-profit or for-profit) at the local, regional, national and international levels. The emphasis of our program on both foundational knowledge but also how knowledge translates into action enables our graduates to pursue different occupational roles. For example, our graduates can take on leadership, management, and governance roles in local and national amateur sport organizations (e.g., sport clubs, university athletics department, Olympic sport organizations), event organizations (e.g., FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015), professional sport teams and government departments (e.g., Sport Canada, provincial and municipal recreation departments). Our graduates can also pursue research-based or professional-based graduate degrees.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The French immersion is available with this program.

Basic skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Technical Report Writing
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Compulsory Courses at the 1000 level
APA 1122Physical Activity in a Global Health Perspective3 Units
APA 1302Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada3 Units
APA 1313Musculoskeletal Anatomy3 Units
LSR 1100Introduction to Leisure Studies3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 2000 level
APA 2134Administration of Leisure, Sport and Physical Activity Services3 Units
APA 2180Research Methods in Human Kinetics3 Units
APA 2302History of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada3 Units
LSR 2118Recreation Program Development and Evaluation3 Units
LSR 2121Recreation and Environmental Quality3 Units
LSR 2122Tourism3 Units
LSR 2312Principles of Leadership in Recreation3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 3000 level
APA 3113Management of Sporting Events and Festivals3 Units
APA 3146Sport and Recreation Marketing3 Units
APA 3301Ethics in Sport, Physical Activity and Health in Canada3 Units
APA 3381Measurement and Data Analysis in Human Kinetics3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 4000 level
APA 4112Political Economy of Sport and Physical Activity3 Units
APA 4119International Sport Management Perspectives3 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
3 course units from:3 Units
Principles of Sociology
Exploring Diversity in Canada
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophical Issues in Health Care
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
Principles of Sociology
Exploring Diversity in Canada
6 course units from:6 Units
Research Project
Internship/Clinical Experience
6 optional course units at the 3000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
12 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses12 Units
Elective courses
30 elective course units 30 Units
or a minor
Total: 120 Units

List of Optional Courses

APA 3111Intervention Observation and Experimentation3 Units
APA 3118Recreation, Sport and Community Development3 Units
APA 3119Coaching Training Methods3 Units
APA 3120Psychomotor Behavior Laboratory3 Units
APA 3121Human Motor Skill Development3 Units
APA 3122Physical Activity and Health3 Units
APA 3123Hockey and Canadian Culture3 Units
APA 3125Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3 Units
APA 3142Sociology of Health and Physical Activity in Canada3 Units
APA 3150Neural Control of Human Movement3 Units
APA 3311Musculoskeletal Biomechanics3 Units
APA 4101Anthropology of Sport and Leisure3 Units
APA 4115Sport and Identities3 Units
APA 4116Applied Sport and Performance Psychology3 Units
APA 4117Quality of Life: Theory, Research and Application3 Units
APA 4120Sport and Physical Activity in Aging Populations3 Units
APA 4123Physical Activity Counselling3 Units
APA 4320Advanced Coaching: Global Preparation in a Sport3 Units
APA 4323Selected Topics in Human Kinetics3 Units
APA 4900Directed Studies3 Units
LSR 3105Parks and Protected Areas3 Units
LSR 3116Leisure Education/Counselling3 Units