Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology


Program Description

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology is a distance-friendly, 12-month program, which is specifically designed to provide advanced academic opportunities for professional training and clinical skill upgrading for current and future practitioners of Kinesiology. Through the Graduate Diploma, individuals will be given advanced training in the specific areas of Professional Kinesiology that will enable them to work within the scope of practice for a Registered Kinesiologist as established by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.


The diploma program is offered over a 12-month time frame commencing in September. Students enroll on a full-time basis and complete course work as required.  The program includes four online courses that run consecutively, and four 5-day on-site practical courses. This combination of online and on-site courses gives students the option to live in Thunder Bay or to live in an alternate location and attend the Thunder Bay campus to complete the practical courses. The format of course delivery may also allow students to maintain employment while completing their studies. The program includes a 200-hour practicum placement that may occur within the province, the country, or internationally provided a suitable setting is identified with an appropriate supervisor.

Content in the program includes the following advanced level topics: assessment skills related to peripheral and spinal joints; exercise prescription for both healthy individuals and those with chronic disease; communication and leadership in the context of ergonomics and disability management; business, ethics, and risk management related to kinesiology.  


Five full course equivalents (FCEs) are required to fulfill the requirements for graduation, including the required practicum course, Kinesiology 5380 (9380) - Experiences in Professional Kinesiology, which is equivalent to one FCE. Other required half-courses include:


Admission & Eligibility

Admission to the program is consistent with Lakehead University's policy for admission to Graduate Programs. Students must successfully complete a four-year degree in Kinesiology, Human Kinetics or a related degree, with a minimum 70% overall average based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. 

Information on the application process to the Graduate Diploma in Kinesiology is available on the Graduate Studies website.   Review of applications will begin after February 1st, and will continue until the program limit is reached.   

For International Applicants:

How to Apply