Kinesiology

School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)

Information accurate as of: July 7th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Kinesiology website. For further details, please visit: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/

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The Kinesiology program allows students to start professional careers in the fields of active health, education, recreation, sports, and research or to pursue a second degree in medicine, rehabilitation sciences and education. Students will study a core curriculum consisting of courses in general health, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning, psychology, sociology, and physical education. Students have the option of specializing in one of three streams: Interdisciplinary Studies (IDKN), Kinesiology and Health Science (KINH) and Physical Education and Health (PEDH).

  • Apply to UBC: Apply to UBC to become an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Education, B.Kin. (Kinesiology) degree program. Ensure that you have met the High School Admission requirements which include English 12, Calculus 12 as well as two other approved Grade 12 courses.
  • Complete Prerequisites: At the beginning of the second year of study, students must select one of the three specialization streams. Obtain prerequisites by completing Year 1 and Year 2 stream requirement courses.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens in mid August and closes in mid-January. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Kinesiology Undergraduate Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

The Undergraduate program in Kinesiology follows UBC’s Aboriginal Admissions policy outlined in the Academic Calendar.

For further information about the program, please contact:

School of Kinesiology – Undergraduate Advising Office
210-6081 University Boulevard
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
Website kin.ubc.ca
Email: kin.advising@ubc.ca
Advising Tel: 604 822-4512

School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Education

Graduate Degrees in Kinesiology (MA/MSc/MKin/MHPCTL)

Information accurate as of: July 7th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Kinesiology website. For further details, please visit: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/

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The School of Kinesiology offer studies at both the masters and doctoral level. The School offers graduate students original investigations (MA, MSc, PhD) and advanced study (MKin) in biological, behavioural, and socio-cultural research in Kinesiology.

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. In particular, students pursue studies in areas such as exercise and sport psychology, the sociology of health, physical activity, and/or sport, and sport history. The MA program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Our former students have gone on to pursue training in doctoral and post-doctoral degrees as well as to pursue careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching.

The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) is a thesis-based degree. Areas of study can include topics broadly related to the natural health and physical sciences. Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. The MSc program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former MSc students have pursued additional training including doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. Many former Kinesiology graduates have become successful academics. Other students have pursued careers in Medicine, Physical Therapy, industry, and governmental and non-governmental work.

The Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is a non-thesis, course-based degree with potential areas of study, including Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural Science and Coaching Science.  No research is involved: This is the main difference between the MKin and MA/MSc programs. The Coaching Science program has supported the coaching careers of many different sport coaches by enhancing their theoretical development and practical growth. The internship program allows the students to exploit their coaching philosophy and challenge their skills.

Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (MHPCTL)

*Program to be offered in September 2016 pending approval by the BC Provincial Government*

The Master of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a two to three year, 30 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical leaders who are looking to advance in their careers and engage in professional development.  Through a partnership with the leading national agencies in high performance sport (Own The Podium (OTP), Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) and National Sport Organizations) an exemplary program will be offered using a blended delivery model.

Degree Master of Arts Master of Science Master of Kinesiology Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (MHPCTL)
Orientation Thesis Degree Research Orientation Course-based, Non-Thesis Degree
(NOT A RESEARCH DEGREE)
Course-based, Non-Thesis Degree,
(ONLINE PROGRAM with residential components from Aug 29 – Sept 2, 2016)
Areas of Study Socio-Managerial
Behavioural
Natural/Physical Science
Behavioural
Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural,  Coaching Science  Coaching Science
Admission Requirements(Applicable to all master degree programs)
  • Four (4) Year Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study.
  • Minimum of 76% overall in upper division courses (excluding activity courses in Kinesiology or Physical Education).
  • 12 upper division course credits with a minimum grade of 80% (A-) in each course credit.
  • All students must have an individual faculty member who agrees during the application process to serve as the student’s supervisor. Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests. Complete the student-faculty contact form  and email the form directly to the potential supervisor. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability in a research partnership. **No student will be admitted to any graduate programs (MKin, MA, MSc, PhD) without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. Therefore, please confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure.
  •  For the MHPCTL program only – Please complete the MHPCTL – Expression of Interest. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability into the MHPCTL program. You must receive a confirmation from Dr. Maria Gallo before proceeding with the formal application procedure. ** No student will be admitted to the MHPCTL  without Dr Maria Gallo’s approval.
Admission Requirements(Applicable to MHPCTL degree program only) In addition to the above, candidates for the MHPCTL will normally have:

  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization

Special admission into graduate studies will be considered for candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their coaching careers, but may lack formal academic (undergraduate) training or credential. These candidates will need to demonstrate the drive to excel and the intellectual capability required to succeed, where ability to progress in the program will be assessed within the Graduate Certificate for High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Bachelors Degree: Normally in Kinesiology but other degrees’ will receive serious consideration, particularly if undergraduate program or other experiences provide a strong relationship to Kinesiology
  • Minimum GPA: a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of B+ or 76% in upper division courses is required. Also, at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses in the A grade range (comparative to UBC's grading system of 80% or higher) is required.
  • Securing Potential Supervisor: Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests. Complete the student-faculty contact form (.docx) and email the form directly to your proposed supervisor. Confirm faculty members interest before proceeding with formal application.

Note: No student is admitted to the MKin program without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. A supervisors is required for the course-based MKIN program as he/she will provide guidance on course requirements and registration. 

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Statement of Purpose: One completed Statement of Purpose, which you can upload on the online application form. This is a freestyle form, 1-2 pages in length.
  • Teaching Assistant Application (OPTIONAL): One completed Teaching Assistant Application, which you can upload on the online application form.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae Optional for Master applicants. You may upload your CV on the online application form.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the School of Kinesiology’s Graduate – How to Apply page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Helen Luk
Graduate Program Assistant
School of Kinesiology
The University of British Columbia
War Memorial Gym Rm 210
6081 University Blvd V6T 1Z1

Phone: 604 822 4641
Fax: 604 822 6842
Email: kin.gradsec@ubc.ca

School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)

Information accurate as of: July 7th 2016. Retrieved from the School of Kinesiology website. For further details, please visit: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/

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The PhD degree in Kinesiology is a research oriented degree focusing on the broad domain of physiological, biomechanical, behavioural and psychosocial factors influencing human movement and the analysis of social and cultural transformations in the role and functions of physical activity. The PhD program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former PhD students have pursued additional training including post-doctoral degrees as well as careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree with one year of study in a master's program with 12 credits of first class average, of which 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing. OR
  • Master’s Degree: In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' provisions, the School of Kinesiology normally requires a thesis-based master's degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study, with a minimum of 76% (B+) overall for admission.
  • Securing Potential Supervisor: Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests. Complete the student-faculty contact form (.docx) and email the form directly to your proposed supervisor. Confirm faculty members interest before proceeding with formal application.

No student is admitted to the MKin program without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. A supervisors is required for the course-based MKIN program as he/she will provide guidance on course requirements and registration. 

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Statement of Purpose: One completed Statement of Purpose, which you can upload on the online application form. This is a freestyle form, 1-2 pages in length.
  • Teaching Assistant Application (OPTIONAL):One completed Teaching Assistant Application, which you can upload on the online application form.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae: You may upload your CV on the online application form.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the School of Kinesiology’s Graduate – How to Apply page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:
Helen Luk
Graduate Program Assistant
School of Kinesiology
The University of British Columbia
War Memorial Gym Rm 210
6081 University Blvd V6T 1Z1

Phone: 604 822 4641
Fax: 604 822 6842
Email: kin.gradsec@ubc.ca

School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)

UBC-O Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK)

Information accurate as of: May 13th 2016. Retrieved from the UBC-O School of Health and Exercise Sciences website. For further details, please visit: https://hes.ok.ubc.ca/

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The BHK degree is a discipline focused program focusing on the biophysical and psychosocial dimensions of human movement. The program offers two streams of study. The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on incorporating exercise and activity education and skills into patient rehabilitation and recovery programs for the management of chronic diseases. The program can lead to careers in kinesiology, exercise therapy, clinical exercise physiology, and personal training, among others. The Health Promotion concentration involves studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities. Potential careers include health promotion program officers, health-care consultants, corporate health programmers, health educators, lifestyle coaches, and active living coordinators.

Note: ‘Human Kinetics’ and ‘Kinesiology’ are often used interchangeably when referring to programs that offer the study of human movement and health sciences.

  • Apply to UBC: Apply to UBC to become an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Human Kinetics program within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. Be sure to choose “Okanagan campus” when applying. The online application can be found at http://you.ubc.ca/
  • Complete Prerequisites: Ensure that you have met the High School Admission requirements which include Chemistry or Physics 11, English 12, Biology 12, Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 as well as one other approved Grade 12 course.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens in mid August and closes in late January. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the School of Health and Exercise Science’s Program’s Prospective Students page for more information.

The option of entering the UBCO BHK program through the Aboriginal Access program is available for students who may not currently meet the entrance requirements or who may like additional support.

Please see http://students.ok.ubc.ca/aboriginal/access.html for more details.

Email: aboriginalaccess.studies@ubc.ca

Aboriginal Programs and Services
UNC212 - 3272 University Way
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7
Fax 250.807.8460

For further information about the program, please contact:

General Admissions Policy and Contact Information:
UBCO Academic Advising:
Advising & Involvement Centre
Okanagan Campus
UNC207 - 3272 University Way
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7
Tel 250.807.9100
Email advising.ubco@ubc.ca

UBCO School of Health and Exercise Science:
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Okanagan Campus
ART360 (Arts Building)
1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7
Contact: Jennifer Rhodes – Assistant to the Director, Health and Exercise Sciences
Office: ART 360G
Phone: 250-807-9904
Fax: 250-807-9865
E-mail: jennifer.rhodes@ubc.ca