Master of Arts (MA) in Leisure Studies

Program Requirements

One full academic year (12 months) of resident study at Dalhousie University is a minimum requirement for the one-year master's degree. Although the MA degree program officially has a one-year residency requirement, students should expect to take approximately 24 months of full-time dedicated work on their studies to complete the degree. For full-time students, the degree must be completed within four years of first registration.

Completion of the degree is also possible through part-time study. However, financial assistance is not available for students undertaking the degree on a part-time basis.

The MA Leisure Studies program consists of the following: a minimum of four graduate-level courses (equivalent to 12 credit hours) and a thesis (equivalent to 12 credit hours).

Required and elective courses are listed below. Each course is normally worth three credit hours. Electives may be chosen from the lists of courses listed in the Course Descriptions section, or from graduate courses offered by other departments at Dalhousie University, or, to a limited extent, at other universities.

Students intending to pursue a quantitative study must enter the program with, or complete as part of the approved program of study, a minimum of a three-credit hour undergraduate course in statistics with a minimum B grade and/or graduate course in statistics, which would be completed in addition to compulsory course requirements outlined below.

Students should also note that a graduate level statistics course could be a requirement for future entrance into a PhD program.

There may be circumstances when a student enrols in or audits additional courses; this may be determined through discussion and consultation from the supervisor and/or committee.

Required Courses

LEIS 5501.03: Advanced Research Methods in the Social and Natural Sciences
LEIS 5592.03: Interdisciplinary Basis of Leisure Science
LEIS 9000.00: Thesis (considered equivalent to 12 credit hours)

Elective Courses

LEIS 5600.06/LEIS 5601.03/LEIS 5602.03: Independent Studies. Open to independent completion of study. Interested students should consult with the Graduate Coordinator prior to registering in the course.
HPRO 5595.03: Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Promotion
NURS 5100.03: Qualitative Research Methods
NURS 5550.03: Marginalized Populations: Theoretical Insights and Applications
NURS 5570.03: Introduction to the Science and Practice of Knowledge Translation

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered every year. Please consult the timetable for a current list of courses offered.